The conservative policy group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, says that a new organization centered on affordable housing, dubbed SMART ALEC, is threatening ALEC’s trademark and other intellectual property.

A June 13 letter from ALEC’s attorney warned Matthew Cardinale, SMART ALEC’s president and CEO, that unless he erases all trace of SMART ALEC “in all media,” ALEC “will take all necessary action” to prevent the upstart’s use of its name and trademarks.

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