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Rep. Kevin McCarthy discusses controversy surrounding taxpayer dollars funding ALEC

16 Apr 2012 — 02:18 PM

On Iowa Public Radio today, Democratic House Leader State Rep. Kevin McCarthy discussed the controversy surrounding taxpayer dollars funding the right-wing corporate front group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

"The issue is that taxpayer money is being paid on behalf of legislators unless they affirmatively opt out of the specific organization," said Rep. McCarthy. "39 of (the) 40 members of our caucus have opted out so that we're not having taxpayer dollars sent to this organization that advocates for things like 'Stand your Ground' which is why the Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods and other entities are now withdrawing their financial support from this organization."

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