Big British scandal over ALEC’s UK sister prompts a closer look at both

As Scandal Engulfs American Legislative Exchange Council’s UK Affiliate, a Closer Look at Its US Operation
Tuesday 18 October 2011

by: Lee Fang and Scott Keyes, ThinkProgress

The Atlantic Bridge, the British affiliate organization to the American Legislative Exchange Council, is quickly erupting into a scandal that may force the public to scrutinize the practices of both right-wing groups. Earlier this month, the U.K.’s Charity Commission shut down Atlantic Bridge after an investigation [4] revealed that the nonprofit has operated as little more than a front for various corporate lobbying and Tory party interests. The scandal [5] has already forced the resignation of David Cameron’s Defense Secretary Liam Fox after the revelation that the Atlantic Bridge’s London-based director, Adam Werritty, had improperly acted as a high level advisor to Fox while employed by a number of military industry and lobbying clients.

In 2003, Fox and Werritty officially [5] partnered with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to form the Atlantic Bridge nonprofit. The relationship flourished; ALEC supplied staff to the Atlantic Bridge, and Fox and his associates frequently [6] spoke at ALEC events, which are comprised of meetings between American politicians and business lobbyists. But with the implosion [7] of the Atlantic Bridge, which has already ensnared [8] lobbyists for Pfizer [9] and several defense firms, the controversy has brought ALEC into the limelight.

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