Earlier this week, we gave you an insider’s guide to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). For several decades the group has developed close-knit relationships with mostly conservative and business moguls to adopt “business-friendly” bills in statehouses across the United States.

And in many cases, these relationships have been fostered on the taxpayer’s dime.

The good times are rolling in New Orleans as the group kicks off its annual meeting in the Big Easy.

Corporate lobbyists, state legislators across the country and some of the world’s biggest corporations – including Koch Industries, Bayer, Kraft, Coca-Cola, State Farm, Wal-Mart, AT&T and Philip Morris – will join together and craft legislation that could well end up affecting IAFF members (Ohio and Wisconsin fire fighters can share their recent stories with you).

In addition, dozens of Florida legislators are in New Orleans for the pro-business, pep talks, policy seminars and good food.

So are a number of Wisconsin state legislators in attendance.

You get the idea.

An ALEC protest is scheduled for Friday.