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Forum Post: ALEC Is Evil, so trend #GoogleALEC to tell Google to #JustSayNo!

Posted 6 years ago on Jan. 21, 2014, 10:25 a.m. EST by grimwomyn (35) from New York, NY
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For decades, one shadowy right-wing group has helped corporations introduce and pass legislation in nearly every state. They write entire bills from start to finish in a massive coordinated effort to push their conservative agenda at the state level. Their bills attack voting rights, weaken gun control laws, undermine unions, privatize education, block efforts to raise the minimum wage, deregulate major industries, allow unrestricted damage to the environment, and much more.

Yet hardly anyone knows this group exists.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, brings corporate lobbyists together with state legislators. Multinational corporations like ExxonMobil vote on "model bills" designed to increase their profits, then distribute the legislation to mostly conservative lawmakers in state houses across the country. These laws allow employers to skimp on fair wages and health benefits; protect corporations that poison our air and water; and weaken consumers' ability to have recourse against corporate malfeasance in the courtroom. The oil and pharmaceutical industries have spent millions and made billions.

Workers have lost much more. These are some of the laws ALEC has introduced, just regarding labor rights:

Incredible activists have been dragging ALEC's operation into the sunlight. Over the past few years, 72 corporations have cut all ties with ALEC under public pressure, including: Walmart, McDonald's, Visa, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, and Johnson & Johnson.

Quietly, though, Google has become a corporate member of ALEC. Even though their slogan is "Don't be evil," the Internet giant has gone firmly in the other direction.

Google has widely mythologized itself as some kind of humanistic techno-pioneer. Obscured in a fog of digital legend is the agenda that more than ever is transfixed with maximizing profits while capitalizing on anti-democratic leverage of corporate power. Google's involvement in ALEC is consistent with the company's mega-business model that relentlessly exploits rigorous data-mining of emails, online searches and so much more.Norman Solomon, Huffington Post.

Google can't have it both ways. They cannot say "don't be evil" in public then fund ALEC in private. Voter suppression laws. Union-busting "right to work" laws. Stand your ground. Arizona's anti-immigrant SB1070. They all come from the same place, and Google is helping pay the bills. Yet no one seems to know, so let’s raise awareness.

Today is a day of action. Starting at 11AM Eastern, please join UniteBlue in trending GoogleALEC. Tweet and retweet others using the hashtag heavily.

Let’s expose ALEC and push Google to drop their support!



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[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3340) 6 years ago

'Duke Energy ALEC Plot Attack On North Carolina's Solar Revolution' -


'Many utilities are ALEC members, and they have made it ALEC’s top priority to attack net metering laws around the country. Forty percent of NC state lawmakers are ALEC members, and Duke will rely on them to do their bidding.'

'So far, Duke and ALEC’s communications strategy has been to stigmatize solar energy as being only for the wealthy. Their argument is that we shouldn’t be letting rich families with solar panels get even richer on the backs of non-solar households.'

'It wouldn’t be surprising if early adopters of solar do have higher incomes, since buying the panels involves an upfront cost. But recent research shows that solar penetration is increasingly happening in middle class neighborhoods. In any case, if ALEC and utilities are so worried about the poor, they should be trying to give more solar access to working and middle class communities, since it will help them save money, not take away their chance to go solar by attacking policies like net metering.'

Never Give Up Equating 'Citizens United' To A Corporate Coup! Occupy The Issues! Solidarity OWS!

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago


We could try and encourage Google to co-opt ALEC for better purposes.

It's already got powerful lobbies in all 50 States.


[-] 2 points by RadicalsUnite (94) 6 years ago

tweets for google are tracked and trimmed, a boycott is the only path towards creating an upper hand against a company. strikes and boycotts like peanut butter and jelly.


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

The trolls aren't going to like this, but I do.

[-] -2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

You mean like Shadz?


[-] -2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

So far?

Everybody, but we two.