MontanaPBS Documentary Examines Organization Behind ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

May 22, 2014

MISSOULA – The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is the subject of a new hourlong documentary produced by MontanaPBS. The program premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, on MontanaPBS. It will repeat at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29.

ALEC, which organizes and disseminates model legislation to state legislators, played an active role in spreading the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law to states around the country.

In addition to Stand Your Ground, ALEC has promoted model legislation for charter schools, voter ID laws and deregulation.

MontanaPBS investigative producer Anna Rau spent a year researching the organization, its funders and a complaint filed with the IRS by an opposition group, focusing on ALEC’s alleged lobbying activity. 

Last December, Rau followed two Montana legislators to the ALEC national convention in Washington, D.C., where lawmakers and corporate representatives discussed and formulated legislative language in closed-door sessions. She spoke with the organization’s national communications director, who refuted ALEC’s critics.

MontanaPBS is available in more than 440 communities in Montana. Check local listings for the channel.

For a press screener copy of the documentary, call Rau at 406-531-5085 or email anna.rau@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Anna Rau, MontanaPBS writer and producer, 406-531-5085, anna.rau@umontana.edu; William Marcus, MontanaPBS executive producer, 406-243-4154, william.marcus@umontana.edu.