ALEC Public Affairs Department is available to assist members of the news media with data, tools and policy analysis needed to cover the issues facing state legislatures today.
ALEC invites credentialed members of both traditional and online news outlets to attend ALEC events without paying event registration fees. ALEC retains the right to recognize journalists who have obtained credentials from a capitol press corps, an official news organization that gathers and disseminates information to other news outlets, or the U.S. Congress. Credentials must be presented to the media registration desk upon arrival to obtain a press pass. Members of the news media may apply for credentials to ALEC’s national meetings in advance online, but still must present their media credentials to the onsite registration desk.
Journalists may not register as “media” if their news outlet is funded by a think-tank, political party/candidate, activist/advocacy organization, lobbying organization, trade association or corporation. ALEC will not allow journalists to register as “media” for the purpose of writing a personal online blog. During conferences and other ALEC events, journalists must have their credentials visible at all times. They may not distribute materials to any government official or attendee to the ALEC event. Members of the media may not lobby or collect signatures for any political cause or issue while registered as a member of the press. Journalists are welcome to enjoy meals if they choose to purchase meal tickets; otherwise, ALEC will designate space at the back of the room or elsewhere for the media.
Terms and Conditions for Use of Media Credentials at ALEC Meetings:
- ALEC media credentials must be visible at all times at the meeting or networking events.
- Credentials may not be transferred and new credentials must be obtained for each ALEC event.
- No materials may be distributed by members of the media directly to legislators, legislative staff or attendees of an ALEC meeting. Materials include, but may not be limited to, leaflets, handouts, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, t-shirts, marketing materials and petitions.
- Journalists may not solicit, advocate, rally or collect signatures on behalf of a political cause, issue or individual at an ALEC event in which they have registered as members of the media.
- All requests to record or videotape at any ALEC meeting or function for the purpose of rebroadcasting must be made in advance and approved through the ALEC Public Affairs Department.
- ALEC publications and documents are available to journalists upon request and approval by the Public Affairs Department. All ALEC publications, including PDFs, are the copyrighted property of ALEC and may not be reproduced, uploaded or distributed in any way in their entirety.
- ALEC has the right to withdraw media credentials and remove individuals from a meeting or function who do not abide by the above terms and conditions.