AARP Membership in Anti-Retiree American Legislative Exchange Council Uncovered
It was recently disclosed that AARP was secretly sponsoring the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a powerful corporate lobbying group drafting and promoting bills that would undermine Social Security, Medicare and working to derail retiree friendly legislation.
The Los Angeles Times reported that ALEC has opposed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, targeted public pensions to cap retirement benefits and shift more pension risk to individual retirees.
When uncloaked, AARP confirmed its membership, stating that it partnered with ALEC to “engage with state legislators and advance our members priorities.” It’s members include corporate titans Exxon Mobil, AT&T, UPS, and PhRMA.
Once this news became public, several prominent groups such as, the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Alliance for Retired Americans, Center for Media and Democracy, Stand up to ALEC, and Social Security Works, petitioned AARP to withdraw from ALEC.
In a joint letter, the groups said, “by partnering with ALEC,” AARP has allowed ALEC to “lend credibility to legislation harmful to seniors that is introduced in statehouses across the country,” and they accuse AARP of “bringing corporate lobbyists and elected officials from around the country together to write anti-senior, anti-family legislation.”
Shortly after the public pressure AARP announced it would drop its membership. In a statement AARP said, “After hearing from many of you, we’ve decided not to renew our membership to ALEC. We would never work against the interests of older Americans.”
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