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Friday, July 5, 2013

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and You

The American Legislative Exchange Council
In ALEC's own words, corporations have "VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state.  DO YOU?


Money in politics starts at a level where it is most effective for corporations and recipients of corporate "specials funding for special interests." State Government is the breeding ground for corporate crafted, developed and promulgated legislation.  

Do you believe for one second such efforts by corporations have your and my best interest at the core of their ALEC expenditures. 

State legislation may comprise the major inertia for ALEC, but the organization formed in 1973 reaches far beyond our state borders. 

Source Watch Dot Org maintains a running watch on all things ALEC. The advocacy and monitoring organization maintains an interactive list of ALEC affiliation per state as well as list of "High Profile" Members. Some members are not even US Citizens.  One former world leader and ALEC "High Profiler" recently succumbed to complications from strokes.  We have added parenthetic comment to the list from Source Watch Dot Org.

ALEC Politicians:

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

High-Profile

ALEC Award-Winners
  • President Ronald Reagan (The TPI position on this man spans the life of our site, We posit he started the current income disparity among economic classes in our nation. We know that he administered the most corrupt Administration in US History  and he, along with Lee Atwater were pioneers of the GOP "southern strategy", and it has contributed to a racial divide that is growing, spreading and festering from the East Coast to the West Coast.)
  • Governor Bobby Jindal (Louisiana)[1] (No need to even do a quick Google search)
  • Governor Rick Perry (Texas)[2] (No need to even do a quick Google search)
  • Former Governor Tommy Thompson (Wisconsin) (early  member of ALEC, Viet Nam Vet, past inappropriate remarks about Jews)

(In addition to these politicians, ALEC has given awards to such corporate CEOs as Richard DeVos and Jay VanAndel of Amway (both in 1993) and Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch of Koch Industries (both in 1994). See ALEC Award Winners for more.)
See More linked here. List includes George W. Bush, John Boehner, and a list of ALEC Prominent Alumni that is a 'Walk of Fame" of current members of the GOP (Some currently hold office)

The Source Watch site includes the names of Democrats, but rest assured the site list so many republicans it could be used as an archive of GOP History. 

Additional resource information related to ALEC.

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Bill Moyers and Company ALEC Exposed: 

Bill Moyers: United States of ALEC — A Viewers Guide


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