This may be old news, and I'm no lawyer, but as the Church Lady would say, "how conveeeeeeeeeeeeenient" for the American Legislative Exchange Council:
[I]n at least three separate states, legislation was passed exempting ALEC from lobbying laws. Via Mother Jones:
It could take several years for the IRS to decide whether ALEC is indeed a lobbying group required to register and disclose how much it spends on influencing legislation. But in three states - South Carolina, Indiana, and Colorado - ALEC has quietly, and by name, been specifically exempted from rules for lobbyists.
Here's the law from Colorado's official web site:
(c) Section 2-3-311 (2), Colorado Revised Statutes, declares that the council of state governments, the national conference of state legislatures, the energy council, and the American legislative exchange council are each a joint governmental agency to which the general assembly or its members may subscribe and for which membership fees or certain meeting expenses may be paid from legislative appropriations;
Is the lack of proper name capitalization a legislative trick or a normal way of writing and enacting legislation? Is ALEC's claim to be a non-profit organization at odds with its lobbying activities?
Maybe one of the bills sponsors - BY SENATOR(S) Cadman, Morse, Penry; also REPRESENTATIVE(S) Weissmann, Kerr J., Labuda, Lambert, Todd - or our esteemed Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who should be quite familiar with ALEC, can explain the intricacies of the law to us rubes in Bloggerlandia.