The American Legislative Exchange Council was established in 1974 to act as a conduit between corporate lobbyists and state legislators. Over the years, it succeeded in introducing thousands of bills across the nation, but remained nearly unknown until ALEC member National Rifle Association’s Stand Your Ground law was used to defend the death of Travon Martin in Florida.
But K-12, Inc. is undeterred. K-12 was a major sponsor of the ALEC Chicago conference in August 2013 which drew thousands of protesters. Not only does it continue its membership, but in April 2014, it was appointed to the Private Enterprise Advisory Council, (formerly known as the Private Enterprise Board of Directors). It joins Exon, Koch Companies and tobacco giant Altria in directing ALEC.