Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Controversial ALEC Voter Software - 2021-08-20
The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation has earmarked $600,000 for the American Legislative Exchange Council's controversial voter management campaign software and other activities this year, bringing the total contributed for distribution of the software to ALEC's legislative members to at least $1.7 million since 2017.
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed an IRS whistleblower complaint against ALEC in July, charging that the voter software program, owned by Republican operatives and directly linked to the Republican National Committee's voter file, amounted to more than $6 million in illegal political expenditures during the 2020 election cycle. As a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, ALEC is not allowed to engage in any activity designed to influence elections.
CMD, Common Cause, and Alliance for a Better Utah are also pursuing campaign finance complaints against ALEC and its legislative leaders in 15 states for their brazen scheme to help ALEC's overwhelmingly Republican members win reelection.