EXPOSED: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

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Few have ever heard of it, but the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is the ultimate smoke filled back room.

On the surface, ALEC’s membership is mostly comprised of thousands of state legislators. Each pays a nominal membership fee in order to attend ALEC retreats and receive model legislation. ALEC’s corporate contributors, on the other hand, pay a king’s ransom to gain access to legislators and distribute their corporate-crafted legislation.

So, while the membership appears to be public sector, the bankroll is almost entirely private sector. In fact, public sector membership dues account for only around one percent of ALEC’s annual revenues. ALEC claims to be nonpartisan, but in fact its free-market, pro-business mission is clear.

The result has been a consistent pipeline of special interest legislation being funneled into state capitols. Thanks to ALEC, 826 bills were introduced in the states in 2009 and 115 were enacted into law.

Behind the scenes at ALEC, the nuts and bolts of lobbying and crafting legislation is done by large corporate defense firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon. A law firm with strong ties to the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, it has long used ALEC’s ability to get a wide swath of state laws enacted to further the interests of its corporate clients.

ALEC’s campaigns and model legislation have run the gamut of issues, but all have either protected or promoted a corporate revenue stream, often at the expense of consumers. For example, ALEC has worked on behalf of:

* Oil companies to undermine climate change proponents;
* Pharmaceutical manufacturers, arguing that states should be banned from importing prescription drugs;
* Telecom firms to block local authorities from offering cheap or free municipally-owned broadband;
* Insurance companies to prevent state insurance commissioners from requiring insurers to meet strengthened accounting and auditing rules;
* Big banks, recommending that seniors be forced to give up their homes via reverse mortgages in order to receive Medicaid;
* The asbestos industry, trying to shut the courthouse door to Americans suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases; and,
* Enron to deregulate the utility industries, which eventually caused the U.S. to lose what the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) estimated as $5 trillion in market value.
http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/15044.htm

ALEC Exposed: The Koch Connection
http://www.thenation.com/article/161973/alec-exposed-koch-connection

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These people have a lot on their plates I wonder how they find time to do all this and still run major corporations.

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Dogboys source....justice.org....is the national association of Trial lawyers...aka amubulance chasers.....

You know....John Edwards types....Typical DNC scum....the kind dogboy loves to follow....

The other link is from :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nation

Communist agit-prop....as usual....

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

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