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Forum Post: We love you ALEC oh yes we do!

Posted 2 years ago on April 13, 2012, 6:17 a.m. EST by bensdad (8977)
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April 11, 2012 at 1:00 am by James Hoffa Working Americans scored a big victory last week when four corporations withdrew their membership from a secretive group called the American Legislative Exchange Council. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft Foods and Intuit listened to their customers and quit ALEC. I hope their example is followed soon by the rest of ALEC's members — both the corporations that fund it and the state politicians influenced by it.

Only recently has ALEC been exposed publicly. A year ago, the Center for Media and Democracy in Wisconsin began to draw attention to ALEC's extensive reach, its influence and its secrecy.

The Center found that 2,000 state lawmakers throughout the country belong to ALEC. They introduce bills written by and for ALEC's corporate members, including Koch Industries, Wal-Mart and other multinational corporations. The corporate members' goals are corporate profit and corporate power. They want more tax breaks, an end to unions, monopolies and contracts to run private prisons and schools.

What do the lawmakers get out of it? Their dues are nominal and many of them receive ALEC "scholarships" — all-expenses paid vacations at luxury resorts where they meet wealthy political donors. As the Center reports, "For a few hours of work on a task force and a couple of indoctrination sessions by ALEC experts, part-time legislators can bring the whole family to ALEC's annual convention, work for a few hours, then stay in swank hotels and attend cool parties."

Michigan lawmakers understandably aren't publicizing their membership in ALEC. But its influence in our state can't be missed. ALEC, for example, worked through the Mackinac Center to pass Public Act 4, which gave the governor enormous power to appoint unelected officials, sell off the public assets of Michigan's cities, break up employee unions and privatize public services.

In Wisconsin, ALEC-alumni Gov. Scott Walker's bill stripping government workers of their collective bargaining rights mirrors ALEC's anti-union philosophy. In Ohio, ALEC drafted much of an anti-worker bill that was copied as SB5, since overturned by voters.

More than 50 bills written by ALEC have been introduced in Virginia over the past few years. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie's plan to replace public schools with corporate schools was written mostly by ALEC. Utah's governor just signed a bill demanding Congress turn federal lands over to the state.

In Georgia, four senators who belong to ALEC co-sponsored a bill to make picketing a crime punishable by a year in prison.

The bill was so clearly a violation of First Amendment rights that the tea party, civil rights groups and Teamsters united to defeat it.

I hesitate to even call this group "conservative." There's nothing conservative about privatizing national parks, restricting the right to free speech and selling off public education to for-profit corporate schools. And there's no room in our democracy for such a predatory organization.

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[-] 3 points by JadedGem (895) 2 years ago

I usually avoid signing petitions but I went to http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed and found a section called Take Action and sent a letter. It only took a minute.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Participation in many forms of public redress need not be onerous. Thank you for taking part.

It can be easy to unite in common cause.

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

The more I look, the more I find!

Is ALEC the most malfeasant political organization ever created?

The signs point to YES!

http://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/more-on-alec-from-wisconsin-to-florida-legislation-and-education/

Lots of links here too..........:)

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

Imagine getting a report card from your teacher and finding out that you were graded not on how well you understood the course material or scored on the tests and assignments, but rather on to what extent you agreed with your teacher’s strange public policy positions. That is the best way to understand the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 17th Report Card on American Education released last week.

And that is exactly where we are at. Only jack asses support this shit.

[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Sad to know, that now they are after peoples pay checks.

It's become their new focus.

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

They do not have a damn right to this. Every member needs to be thrown out of office.

[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

I have suggested, and suggest again that all politicians that are members be un-elected, and that includes all 7 or 8 Dems. Plus the hundreds of (R)epelican'ts............:)

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

Yep. In fact, that has been the call for the past 6 or 7 months. Yeah?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Wisconny is showing how it's done - perhaps they will spark a fast growing trend.

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Let's hope so.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I believe ( truly ) that they said fuck you to a politician and his cronys who thought that they were gonna play their own power games. Living next door to Wisconny and having grown up with our good natured state rivalries I believe you can count on the fact of them sticking to their guns.

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I agree.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

June is just around the corner and another event to look forward to.

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

May 1st. May 20th.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Also good upcoming event dates? As I think the election in Wisconny is for 1st week of June isn't it?

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

Yep. I just don't want to sail through May. I want to enjoy it. :D

I think it is set for June 5.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Doh!!!!!!!! I am getting old and the synapses just are not firing as consistently as they used to - I knew that. {:-])

Yes a good month for us all I pray.

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[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 2 years ago

Thankfully, voters in places like Wisconsin, have the right to try and recall their governor, voters in places like Ohio have the ability to overturn legislation (like the ALEC sponsored bill noted in the OP). Voters in "most" cities and states DO NOT have this right.

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

Australia once again proves it has more press freedom the the US.

"Right" down to noticing what I've been explaining all along.

ALEC is for (R)epelican't that are too LAZY or dumb to write law.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/the-loaded-gun--how-a-us-lobby-group-wrote-the-laws-20120420-1xcg5.html

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Tell AT&T: Drop your support of ALEC!

http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=5546004&id=38316-4904244-R2rfZNx&t=7

Dear Dan,

More than 150,000 CREDO activists, along with 85,000 ColorOfChange members, have called on corporations to stop supporting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of its role in voter suppression. And in the two weeks since we started this campaign, news broke that Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft Foods, Intuit, McDonald's, and Mars, Inc. have all ended their relationships with ALEC — a major step forward in our campaign. But many major corporations are still funding ALEC.

AT&T is one of them. Our friends at Color of Change contacted AT&T to make sure it understood that through its membership in ALEC, it is supporting racially-discriminatory voter ID laws that have the potential to disenfranchise over 5 million people in the upcoming elections. But despite numerous emails and telephone calls, AT&T's management will not respond. It appears that AT&T executives believe that if they ignore us we'll simply go away.

Tell AT&T to stop supporting ALEC and voter suppression. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

AT&T is a well-known household brand. By associating the company with ALEC, it lends legitimacy to a radical organization that is undermining voting rights and our democracy.

AT&T has made a substantial amount of money from consumers who are disenfranchised by voter ID laws — people of color, seniors, and young people.

AT&T has given at least $150,000 to ALEC since 1998. And although the company insists it only funds particular programs at ALEC, AT&T has played a leadership role within ALEC for many years — including serving as a corporate co-chair in California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas as recently as November 2011.

Tell AT&T to stop supporting ALEC and voter suppression. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Supporters of discriminatory voter ID laws claim they want to reduce voter fraud (individuals voting illegally, or voting twice). But such fraud almost never actually occurs, and never in amounts large enough to affect the result of elections. What is clear is that voter ID laws prevent large numbers of eligible voters from casting a ballot, and could disenfranchise up to 5 million people.

ALEC's voter ID laws are undemocratic, unjust and part of a longstanding right wing agenda to weaken the voting blocs that historically oppose Republican candidates. We have to expose the major companies like AT&T that are helping ALEC suppress the votes of millions of Americans before it's too late.

AT&T's financial support of ALEC must end.

Tell AT&T to stop supporting ALEC and voter suppression. Click below to automatically sign the petition: http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=5546005&id=38316-4904244-R2rfZNx&t=10

Thank you for standing up to corporate funded voter suppression.

Becky Bond, Political Director CREDO Action from Working Assets

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

I already signed that baby.........................:)

I have a Credo phone.........................:)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I knew you would take part in positive direct action. I have magicjack phone service.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

From: People for the American Way.

Dear Dan,

Wow! Thank you so much for all your calls to State Farm and Johnson & Johnson! Our members have made a lot of calls since yesterday -- so many, in fact, that a lot of you have been met with full voicemail boxes when you called. We know that persistence pays off, so we’ve got some new phone numbers for you to call to make your voices heard.

Please call State Farm and Johnson & Johnson today to tell them to cut ties with ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and its harmful right-wing agenda.

http://site.pfaw.org/site/R?i=UguUMNP_fGzF1WCKpj67qA

State Farm: Media Contact, Tom Laxton (309) 766-2449

Johnson & Johnson: Vice President of Corporate Media Relations, Bill Price (732) 524-6623

After you call, please fill out a call report form so we can track how many calls are going in.

http://site.pfaw.org/site/R?i=xrt6cSHf6pOVBueqzvpPEA

Yesterday, Wendy's became the latest company to announce that it has ended its relationship with ALEC. Let's keep up the drumbeat to State Farm and Johnson & Johnson to make sure they also see ALEC as a liability for their brands.

http://site.pfaw.org/site/R?i=AqY2t1gT7Ji16rFS9qXFNg

Thank you for all you do!

-- Ben

[-] 0 points by bensdad (8977) 2 years ago

bravo bravo bravo ! Is there a list of all Occupys where we can circulate this?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28479) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

The livestream listing? Maybe a search listing?

[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

More reasons to love ALEC.

They get to lobby to skirt lobby laws.

http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/04/how-did-alec-get-exempted-from-south-carolina-lobbying-ethics-law.html

ALEC doesn't care for ethics. Are you surprised?

[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

If there was ever an organization that deserved to go down in flames, it's ALEC.

Bumping for the good of humanity...............:)