Va. petition demands lawmakers cut ties with anti-healthcare-reform group

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"ALEC, a secretive organization funded by big business, has been writing bills that legislators are passing off as their own work," the petition states. "ALEC's priority is the corporate bottom line, not people like me. You were elected to represent me and my family, not big business lobbyists. I expect you to prioritize my family over corporations."

ALEC says it is a nonpartisan legislative group that aims to promote "free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty" through private-public partnerships.