William Carmichael (ALEC)

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William Carmichael is the President and CEO of the for-profit bail-bond industry group the American Bail Coalition as well as the bail-bond corporation, the American Surety Company.

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

On behalf of the American Bail Coalition, Carmichael sits on the Private Enterprise Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as of July 2011.[1]

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 ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our ExposedbyCMD.org site.


Carmichael is a licensed bail agent, and his company, the American Surety Company, is a property and casualty company "specializing in the writing of bail bonds through independent licensed bail bond agents." The company is licensed in 46 states.[2]

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  1. Private Enterprise Board, ALEC website, accessed July 7, 2011.
  2. American Surety Company, "About Us Section," company website, accessed June 2011

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