Bill of Rights Institute

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The Bill of Rights Institute, established in September 1999,[1] promotes a conservative slant on the Constitution. It is funded by the Koch Brothers.[2]

The Bill of Rights Institute claims that its "mission is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders."[3]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

The Bill of Rights Institute has ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It has been a member of ALEC's Education Task Force. According to an August 2013 ALEC board document obtained by The Guardian, the Institute terminated its ALEC membership on April 16, 2013.[4]

About ALEC
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  1. Bill of Rights Institute, "History of the Institute," organizational website, accessed December 2013.
  2. Jane Mayer, "Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama," The New Yorker, August 30, 2010, p. 5.
  3. Bill of Rights Institute, About Us: Mission & Vision, organizational website, accessed December 2013.
  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.
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