At the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) - here's my calculation of how much corporations paid to buy your legislator - these are guesstimates, of course - based on information that I have from 2008 and 2010 - so the numbers are probably LOW.
|Dinner and Speech Sponsorships||$ 495,000.00|
|Sponsorships of the Annual Meeting - 82 companies||$2,005,000.00|
|Exhibitor Fees - 55 exhibitors (based on 2008 rates/member rate)||$ 99,850.00|
|Corporate Scholarships for Legislators to attend the conference||$1,425,000.00|
AND that's the mucho dinero for just one of three national meetings that ALEC holds.
And I'm sure that some company sponsored the Kiddie Kongress too - but I can't find the fee for that.
Must cost a lot to brainwash kids for three days.
It's a deal at any price
to get in the pants of your legislator
so they can have pro-corporate legislation introduced at the state and federal level.
The corporations must be laughing all the way to their checkbooks to pay for the next meeting.