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AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons) is a U.S. nonprofit organization representing people age 50 years and older, with 39 million members. The national headquarters is in Washington, D.C. with local offices in each state. AARP provides information of interest to older people through publications such as the monthly AARP Bulletin and the bimonthly AARP The Magazine, advocates on public policy issues by doing extensive lobbying, and along with business partners sells auto, homeowners and life insurance, long-term health care insurance, and Medicare supplement insurance.

Membership dues account for about 25% of revenues and royalties from business partners about 40%. [1] [2] [3]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

AARP has ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). According to an August 2013 ALEC board document obtained by The Guardian, it terminated its ALEC membership on April 16, 2013.[4]

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's, and check out breaking news on our site.


AARP spent $23,160,000 for lobbying in 2006. $60,000 went to the lobbying firm Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart, Inc. with the remainder being spent using in-house lobbyists. [3]


Key executives: [5]

Selected members of the Board of Directors: [5]

Contact Details

601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049
Phone: 202-434-2277
Fax: 202-434-6548

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  1. AARP Profile, Hoovers, accessed November 2007.
  2. Overview, AARP, accessed November 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 AARP lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed November 2007.
  4. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting Board Meeting packet, organizational documents, August 6, 2013, released by The Guardian December 3, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Leadership, AARP, accessed November 2007.
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