It turns out, now that CVS has dropped its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council, there are no more Rhode Island corporations involved with the far right wing bill mill. GTech, the other Rhode Island company that was once an ALEC member, hasn’t paid membership dues since 2009, said Bob Vincent, a senior vice president for corporate affairs with GTech.
“As to why we ended in 2009, it was simply a matter of budgeting and consolidating some of our spending on dues with organizations that are less relevant to our industry,” he said.
The worldwide lottery and video gambling company paid membership dues to ALEC in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009, according to Vincent.
In May of 2011, Vincent said ALEC held a reception at GTech downtown Providence location just down the hill from the State House.
“We did so as a courtesy to the local leadership of the organization,” he said. “ALEC paid for all of the expenses related to the reception.”