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A Discreet Nonprofit Brings Together Politicians and Corporations to Write ‘Model Bills’

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Calling the EPA's attempts to regulate greenhouse gasses a 'trainwreck,' ALEC crafted a model resolution for states that was later the basis of legislation in at least 13 states, according to a press release on its website. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

This week, both the Los Angeles Times and The Nation put the spotlight on a little-known but influential conservative nonprofit that creates "model" state legislation that often make its way into law. The organization has helped craft some of the most controversial—and industry-friendly—legislation of recent years.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, crafted a model resolution for states calling the EPA's attempts to regulate greenhouse gasses a "trainwreck" and asking Congress to slow or stop the regulations, the Times reported. A press release on ALEC's site says that at least 13 other states have passed resolutions based on their model language.

ALEC was also involved in the writing of Arizona's new immigration law, which gave police officers broad powers to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

Brought into being by a legendary conservative who also founded the well-known Heritage Foundation, ALEC has been around since the early 1970s. It calls itself a "policy making program that unites members of the public and private sectors in a dynamic partnership" based on "Jeffersonian principles." Critics say it has devolved into a pay-for-play operation, where state legislators and their families get to go on industry-funded junkets and major corporations get to ghostwrite model laws and pass them on to receptive politicians.

In a multipart report this week, the Nation profiled ALEC's influence on state legislation related to privatization and anti-union efforts, fighting Obama's health care reform, privatizing public education and enacting voter ID laws, which critics say are designed to disenfranchise voters who are more likely to vote Democratic. The Nation also provides a deeper look at the financial and ideological links between the Koch brothers and ALEC.

ALEC representatives tell reporters that its mission is fundamentally "educational." ALEC spokeswoman Raegan Weber told the LA Times, "Legislators should hear from those the government intends to regulate."

"ALEC allows a place for everyone at the table to come and debate and discuss," another ALEC official, Michael Bowman, told NPR last year. "You have legislators who will ask questions much more freely at our meetings because they are not under the eyes of the press, the eyes of the voters. They're just trying to learn a policy and understand it." Neither Weber nor Bowman immediately responded to our requests for further comment.

Corporations pay hefty fees for the opportunity to discuss policy with legislators at ALEC's conferences, and they also host banquets, open-bar parties and baseball games. Legislators, on the other hand, pay a nominal membership fee, and can be eligible for "scholarships" that pay for their conference attendance. When the legislators bring the model bills back to their state capitals, the role played by ALEC—or by the corporations—seems to be rarely, if ever, disclosed.

Crucially, ALEC says it is not a lobbying organization, and thus because of its nonprofit status, it does not have to disclose its donors or the amount of their donations. (The Times says Common Cause is trying to challenge ALEC's nonprofit status.)

Perhaps the most striking example of this process is the involvement of officials from the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest private prison company, in the creation of Arizona's immigration law.

As NPR reported last year, officials from Corrections Corporation were in the room when Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce discussed his ideas about immigration at a 2009 ALEC conference.

Reports from Corrections Corporation reviewed by NPR indicated that their executives saw immigrant detention as their next big market, and that the company expected to bring in a "significant portion" of their revenue from Immigrations and Custom Enforcement.

What role the corporate officials played in the ALEC discussion is not known, but the "model legislation" that emerged from that session soon became the bill itself—"almost word for word," according to NPR. The influence the private prison industry may have had on the law was not widely reported or discussed during the heated nationwide debate over the bill. (An "In These Times" reporter, whose early findings on the ALEC-Arizona connection were consistent with NPR's later reporting, recently provided a more detailed look at the ALEC scholarships provided to Arizona legislators.)

Portions of the Arizona law are being challenged in federal court and have never been implemented. But, as NPR reported last year, similar bills were later introduced in eight other states.

ALEC has been in the media spotlight this week because the Center for Media and Democracy obtained and released an archive of more than 800 of ALEC's model bills and resolutions. Their wiki site, ALEC Exposed, encourages readers to browse ALEC's model bills by topic and share their findings about the documents using the hashtag #ALECexposed.

Update (July 19): ALEC's senior director of public affairs, Raegan Weber, spoke to us on Monday about the press coverage of ALEC's activities.

"First and foremost, taking policy positions is not lobbying," Weber said. She emphasized that ALEC's closed-room approval of a model bill is only an initial step in the process of creating a law. "Then it works through the very public legislative process, and then it can change," she said.

Weber noted that most state legislators only work part-time as lawmakers. "They are looking for creative solutions to today's tough issues...why shouldn't they sit in the same room with the people they intend to regulate?" she said. Weber noted that there are several organizations that have a similar structure to ALEC, including the nonpartisan Council of State Governments, the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, and, on the opposite end of the political spectrum, the Progressive State Network.

"I don't think it's any shock that a conservative organization would have conservative policy, [and] that somebody such as The Nation, and the people who release that information, would disagree with that policy," she said.

"I'm not sure if any of this 'exposure' is that scary, really."

ProPublica intern Nicholas Kusnetz contributed to this report.

Awwwww, isn’t it kind of the Koch Brothers and Friends to help the new Teapartiers in Congress to write the right wing legislation the want but are too intellectually challenged to put together!?

Barry Schmittou

July 15, 2011, 3:31 p.m.

I believe ALEC should be investigated for corporate treason, especially for things like drafting “a model resolution for states calling the EPA’s attempts to regulate greenhouse gasses a “trainwreck,”
They are allowed to do so because they have bought the souls of many legislators !!

The insurance industry is also committing treason on a Federal level, while at the exact same time Metlife’s VP James Lipscomb personally gave Obama a $30,000 contribution for his party when he won the election, Mr. Lipscomb later signed the third Non prosecution agreement that MetLife received when it admitted to multiple frauds in selling insurance policies governed by U.S. Title 29 ERISA laws.

BUT … the Obama and Bush administrations will do nothing to stop the insurance companies from ignoring life threatening medical conditions during the claims procedures, as evidenced by the quotes from numerous U.S. Judges and Doctors who have written that MetLife and doctors paid by MetLife ignore Multiple Sclerosis, brain lesions, and cardiac conditions of many patients !! and much more.

The following quote was written about the ERISA laws by Joseph Belth, Professor Emeritus for Insurance at Indiana University :

“They’ve turned ERISA on its head,”  “It was supposed to protect employees, and it’s being used to protect insurers.”

We can be sure this happened because the insurance companies helped write the laws and interpret the laws, just like this ProPublica article indicates ALEC is doing.

They are enemies of the U.S. This is corporate treason and in many cases causes the death and destruction of many Americans !!

You can see the Judges’ and Doctors’ quotes I’ve mentioned by going to : http://www.deadlyorganizedcrimes.blogspot.com

You can see quotes from more Professors’ and how these same crimes are being inflicted by multiple insurers in 5 different types of insurance by going to : http://www.treasonevidence.blogspot.com

In closing here’s one more Professors quote that proves laws written by corporations and legislators combined hurt the public :

“The most important federal insurance regulation of the past generation is ERISA,” says Tom Baker, deputy dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia. “If ever a law backfired for the public, ERISA is the perfect example.”

Good to see that after riding Koch for all it was worth, the left has found its new Emanuel Goldstein. Huzzah!

Now that the Times, Nation and ProPublica have exposed ALEC, I’m certain they’ll expose other 501c3s – like Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and John Podesta’s Center for American Progress (CAP).

OOPS!  Can they talk about CAP?

While it’s true that they drafted and marketed OBAMACARE, CAP is also one of ProPublica’s top funders.

Since ProPublica also received a $10 million from billionaires Herbert and Marion Sandler (Google “Golden West Financial”), can we expect dirt on political candidates supported by Citizens for a Strong Senate (former Sen. John Edwards) or MoveOn.org?

I’m not saying that two wrongs make it right - I don’t like any of this.  But as long as Democrats use groups like ACT UP!, ACORN and UNIONS to support leftist causes, how can we expect Republicans to behave themselves?

Dick Brandlon

July 15, 2011, 6 p.m.

Has anyone analyzed the phrase, “It takes money to make money?” In other words, this says that if you’re poor, you stay poor. ALEC is carrying on this fine work in the great tradition of corporate America.

Clark, congratulations, you have just quoted all the information that is posted on this websites ABOUT US, like it is supposed to be a big revelation?

The failure to connect the dots is that in the years I have been following this site, I have never seen them WRITE as single piece of legislation.  So whine, complain, blah blah blah.  It sure sounds like you are an advocate for keeping all things secret, so the generic citizen won’t know by whom they are being “played”.

Now perhaps you don’t want to know about how things work in this country and which legislator’s are involved and what corporations are actually footing the bills for ALEC.  Maybe you don’t care which legislator’s are carrying the water for ALEC - maybe you don’t care about the financial failures of banks and who is trying to assure that they can do it again.  Fine, that is your right!

As for the rest of us, information is power and the more information we have, the better we can understand what is going on in this country and work to see that a “shadow group” doesn’t run the country.

There has been no secrets about Unions, ACORN ( no longer exists) or ACT UP regarding their political intentions!  Throwing up strawmen won’t work, unless it is the only narrative you have. 

For those who want to know more, here is the link: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

FTR:  Not as hard as “wikileaks”!  and no, I am not connected to any website, just an generic citizen!

When public relations releases were dispersed as if they were genuine news items and showed up in the mainstream press without fact checking and proper background inquiry, a blur occurred. When organizations do not post mission statements that clearly identify their agenda they can operate with impunity and muddy the waters so effectively that truth is obscured.

This is hardly worthy of nonprofit status because their true purpose is to seek to influence and manipulate. The organization will directly benefit through more contributions,or indirectly benefit when their supporters’ agenda is embraced by the decision makers. Non-profit tax status for a profitable business model? Their work is to influence, they promote access to lawmakers, dispense press releases frequently and lobby.  In what way is this not like any profitable business enterprise?—They’ve set goals and achieved them for member companies’ benefit. Aren’t they just like any other business that markets professional services?

Hopefully, the press will tread cautiously around information they put forward, always questioning the source.

My gut reaction is a way to stave off the most recent aggressive EPA regs against the coal companies. It is unreasonable to ask them to cut emissions by 75% with a couple of years….ten maybe but not 2. But the EPA’s recent action is in line with Pres. Obama stating to his fundraisers that he vows to bankrupt the coal industry while in office. The EPA’s aggressive action will accomplish that. Warning…don’t be the last person on the grid.

You might, if you want to open your mind & clear the Clutter Clogging it, you might really learn something from this man writings, leaders of Nations are seeking his help; http://www.armstrongeconomics.com/writings/ The July 12,13,14,2011 give you all the data to see through the economic, monetary & Leadership that is no where to be found from the current or past leaders of the DC two steppers, the MSM & people of status have never took the few in congress who would always stick to the Oath to Defend The Constitution from all enemies foreign & domestic & have a record of votes that back them up, now that we see a hollowed out nation of debts as far as one can only dream, there is a easy way out, wells there’s not, both sides are wrong & have been dancing with Devil since Woodrow Wilson stole the election with help of the Devils own agents. Regulations & Scare Tactics only can bring in more stupid Ideals that End in Ruin!

After you read the work, post about it, you will feel better when you know the truth is better than living a life of lies! Slaves to debts is no different than owning a persons life, they work two,three jobs & never get out of debt due to Usury by TBTF Investment Banks who have been able to break all laws, buy off the courts, judges, while the lawyers see a case as a stepping stone to that better paying firm who will hire any one willing to sell out the Oaths they took to get where they started from, that’s why corruption runs so deep in all of the Courts,  the house that was put in place to prove one is innocent until proven without drought before a Jury of un-bias & un-coached peers that is hard to find any where in the USA!  Maybe in Montana’s old towns? Or on Native Americans Lands where the Tribe still uses Natures laws to settle disputes. No man is allowed to just take another mans Land for the good of a Few! My neighbor wanted to borrow my mower because he did not want to have drive from his Dad’s on a mower a mile & a half in the heat. I told him only this time, if you break it, you own it, plus its full of fuel & it should be returned the same way & also as just as clean. I told him his kids had been throwing big rocks from the drive way in his yard & he should walk it before mowing, what he do, he mowed, hit a rock & broke a huge chip out of one the Blades, it had to be replaced & he said he would do it, that was 3 months ago & I did all the repairs my self & two weeks later he asked to use it again, I handed him a bill & he got mad, well I said, if you give your word & don’t stand true to it you will have to get your dads if he will let you, he just left here and sad he did not understand how these kids will survive as the SHTF & my reply he just got a lesion but has forgot it already! Have you?

Get your head out of the sand of groups that never knew the meaning of a hand shake was as good as gold & gold is a form of money, better than all fiat right now, there are many forms of money Gold just happen to be one very portable & known the world round. Remember This, All Wealth comes from the Earth, 80% Ag to feed all & 20% mining to provide the energy & building blocks for all y our comforts!

Oh, so very discreet, indeed.

Also, civil, mild mannered, always smiling and never a raised voice or angry demeanor.

All as they calmly thrust the shiv into the collective societal aorta.

James B Storer

July 16, 2011, 10:53 a.m.

Lynn (re: post yesterday 8:24pm):  I, also, have problems with profit/non-profit designations.  The rules are somewhat understandable (give some slack as they are written by the government).  The actual operation and adherence to law by the non-profits is often totally unethical, and by intent.  That is my opinion and yours too, I gather.  Without sensible doubt this is blatantly true of this ALEC organization.
  Non-profits are not to benefit from playing the stock market and collecting dividends thereby.  However, what disallows a sponsor who is legally unaffiliated with the operation from investing and then donating profits from the investment to the operation?  Also, a clear mission statement is missing.  However, digging around in responsible internet sources (and this Propublica report) uncovers a multitude of clearly stated “missions” that exist to further the agenda, and they are not at all acceptable for a non-profit designation, or for moral or ethical considerations.  They are all with the clear intent of completely privatizing the United States (and State) governments.  The attacks are ongoing, and when viable, are especial forceful against one particular element at a time.  As divulged in this Propublica report (and please go to their links, also) today’s target is the prison system.  Some other specific targets are the schools, medical care, benefit programs (s.s. etc.), transportation infrastructure, Food and Drug Administration, and on and on.
  The plan, it seems to me, is to start quietly with state governments, reeling in their conformance one at a time.  The meddling with the prison system, which is the topic of our present report is progressing that way, and is quietly quashing resistance little by little.  It is basically the same scheme that is being used by major oil to deny local entities from participation in wind and solar projects, by gaining state regulations denying eminent domain for distribution corridors (which big oil can then bypass by buying exemptions).  ALEC is probably not involved in that particular example, but the methodology is the same.
  Lynn, I detect you are quite disgusted and pained by this mess.  We all are.  Believe me; we are in an almost inescapable trap.  I have come to the belief that we (the electorate) must achieve a coalition of the major “third parties” to have a chance for making an impact on our government.  This is going to be a difficult undertaking, due to egos involved, but all must suck it up and sacrifice for survival.  Calls for armed revolt are very dangerous and stupid it seems to me, because the massive United States all-volunteer military and intelligence capability is dedicated to the White house and the legislature, and they in turn are controlled by corporatism.
  This Propublica report we are reading today depicts a situation that is so revolting and sickening that it defies description.  Thanks, Pro-publica, and other organizations contributing to facts of the situation.
  Skartishu, Granby, MO

There are professional/educational sources everyone can go to, to help them put together a proposal, depending on what is under considerations. Many of these sources are classified as charitable/education resources. They offer not just the know-how on how to properly set up and word a proposal on paper, but also provide the legal help when needed. It costs money to put these finished proposal forward, lots of money. So, here a reporter is playing “gotcha” because he’s using known/recognized names and taking advantage, again, of the dumb reader who doesn’t have sufficient background and knowledge of the fact that this is not a big deal at all. Shame on you people!

Preserve Democracy

July 16, 2011, 1:20 p.m.

THANK YOU, ProPublica, for reporting on this biggest threat to Democacy yet! Please continue to investigate and work to make this a top story for all to see!  Here are additional resources.

1. Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenue
“On July 13, 2011, the Center]http://www.prwatch.org/cmd”]Center for Media and Democracy [/url] unveiled a set of over 800 “model” bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporations and politicians through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). These bills reveal the corporate collaboration reshaping our democracy, state by state.

“ALEC bills, which largely benefit the organization’s corporate members, have been introduced in legislatures in every state—but without disclosing to the public that corporations previously drafted or voted on them through ALEC.

“Through the corporate-funded ALEC, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called “model bills” reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. Through ALEC, corporations have “a VOICE and a VOTE” on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU?” http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed
“]  http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed [/url]


2. ALEC Exposed—How Corporations Are Taking Over Our Democracy
“The Center for Media and Democracy rolled out a new web site, ALEC Exposed, based on a massive leak of information from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the powerful coalition of corporations, rightwing foundations, and state legislators who have been literally writing the laws at the state level to push their pro-business, anti- democracy agenda. “We’ve discovered through a whistleblower that these corporations actually vote on these bills behind closed doors, before legislatures or people they represent even hear about them,” Lisa Graves, the director of the Center for Media and Democracy said today.”
http://www.progressive.org/rc071311.html “]
http://www.progressive.org/rc071311.html
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3. ALEC Exposed: State Legislative Bills Drafted by Secretive Corporate-Lawmaker Coalition
“This week the Center for Media and Democracy released 800 model bills, legislation that is straight out of the corporate playbook and drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council. The group’s membership includes both state lawmakers and corporate executives who gather behind closed doors to discuss and vote on draft legislation. ALEC has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months for its role in crafting bills to attack worker rights, to roll back environmental regulations, privatize education, deregulate major industries, and pass voter ID laws. Thanks to ALEC, at least a dozen states have recently adopted a nearly identical resolution asking Congress to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop regulating carbon emissions.”
http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2011/7/15/alec_exposed_state_legislative_bills_drafted
“]  http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2011/7/15/alec_exposed_state_legislative_bills_drafted
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4. ALEC Exposed: Sabotaging Healthcare
“ALEC’s (American Legislative Exchange Council), model legislation “would not only undermine the consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act; it would shred the social safety net for the most vulnerable among us: older, disabled and poorer Americans, and those who become victims of a system that is supposed to heal, not harm.”
“As its archive reveals, ALEC has been at work for more than a decade on what amounts to a comprehensive wish list for insurers: from turning over the Medicare and Medicaid programs to them—assuring them a vast new stream of revenue—to letting insurers continue marketing substandard yet highly profitable policies while giving them protection from litigation. Republican lawmakers continue to promote ALEC’s model bills from the 1990s.”
http://www.salon.com/news/politics/republican_party/?story=/politics/war_room/2011/07/14/buying_state_laws
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5. How Business Lobbies Bought All the Laboratories of Democracy
“Here’s how the ALEC process works: GOP state legislators go to fancy conferences where they sit down with lobbyists and right-wing activists and draft right-wing legislation together. They return home and introduce it without mentioning the source. The lobbies then throw some cash at the legislators working to advance their agenda. Then, these days, the bill passes, and everyone else gets around to getting outraged about it, long after their outrage would do much good. Repeat.
“This is how incredibly similar anti-immigration bills end up passing, independently, in Arizona and Tennessee. This is how bills against public employee collective bargaining end up passing in Wisconsin and Indiana.
“Our biggest national wars are being fought, and largely won, in the statehouses, with liberal activists not even joining the fight until after they’ve lost it.”
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Here’s a link to the website, ALEC EXPOSED: <a href=”  http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/About_ALEC_Exposed
“>  http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/About_ALEC_Exposed

Everything that is happening today was initiated when the CLINTONS were in the white house for 2 terms. Clinton is the one who was behind NAFTA. Take jobs away and you take power away from the people. Bush and Obama are continuing the process. These families, the Bushes, Clintons and the Obamas, all work closely together to screw and steal from the people.

Politicians have been bought for decades.

Robert Pickard

July 16, 2011, 11:31 p.m.

ALEC is also playing a role in the current states rights movement. If interested go to oldmanonthestreet.com and click on “Dismanteling America”

ALEC and Heritage Foundation?  smells like Rockeyfellers to me.  ANything coming out of that cesspool can’t be good for you

Article 1. Section 9.3} No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall
be passed.

The 14th Amendment fails these basic tests of Constitutionality. That amendment is a bill of attainder
and it was passed ex post facto. Article 1. Section 9.3 is probably the reason that the Antebellum South so confidently seceded. Seceded or not, the North was and still is bound by that limitation of power. The North had no power over slavery in 1861, and it still had no legal power over slavery in 1865. The history of the 14th amendment has been well documented, and it truly is a testimony to the power of murder by the Government.

Article 3. Section 3.2} The Congress shall have power to declare the
punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work
corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person
attained.

Article 1.Section 9.3} declared
that Congress may not pass Bills of Attainder or ex post facto laws. Now
we see an exception or a mistake. The Constitution contradicts itself here.
Attainders of treason are permitted with some very serious restrictions
on them to protect the descendants of the traitors. That is us. The most dangerous problem is the 14th Amendment.

The value of the slaves and Southern war bonds concern us here. That value is the forfeiture that is Constitutionally bound to be returned to the Southern people , as we shall not suffer Corruption of Blood or lose our property EXCEPT
during the lifetimes of the Confederate Politicians and Soldiers. They
are now all dead. Also, the theory known as the Incorporation Doctrine
is defunct. The application of the 14th Amendment to the States and the people is illegal. The traitors are dead!

The application of the Incorporation Doctrine is Corruption
of Blood and is Unconstitutional. We, the Southerners living now, are
not and have never been Traitors to the United States. We are thereby
under the jurisdiction of the original Constitution . Corruption
of Blood is being allowed to function as the Supreme Law of the Land
rather than the Constitution of the United States. This cannot continue.

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

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_of_blood#Corruption_of_Blood

http://www.pacinlaw.org/pdf/14th_R2.pdf

http://www.civil-liberties.com/cases/14con.ht

Further, in black and white, Amendments are NOT Unconditional. They are a delegated power to the Federal Government, and are vested as a privilege. Notice the Articles of Confederation had no such delegation. It has been abused time and again by the Federal Government .

It’s relieving to know this only happens for conservative-backed legislation and our liberal politicians are immune to this.

James B Storer

July 17, 2011, 11:23 a.m.

Rummaging through the report and its suggested links to other responsible investigative organizations comes up with much interesting information, such as:
Alec’s nine task forces:
Civil Justice
Commerce, Insurance & Economic Development
Education
Health & Human Services
International Relations
Natural Resources
Public Safety & Elections
Tax & Fiscal Policy
Telecommunications & Information Technology
In Alec’s words:  “ALEC provides you with sound policies and resolutions that offer limited-government free-market solutions for your state.  ALEC is pleased to present its new model legislation that was recently introduced at the 2011 Spring Task Force Summit.”
They do not restrict themselves to the above.  They go wherever they are “invited” to push an overall agenda of total privatization of traditional government functions.  In my opinion ALEC philosophy is to enable a model corporate controlled, Fascist nation. 
  Non-Profits often engage in government, business, and social affairs, but they must be objective in scope, balanced, and for the common good.  Not so with this bunch.  Their objective is clearly to obtain legislation bent toward total privatization of our government.  There are many entities (check around the ‘net) petitioning for review of ALEC’s ridiculous non-profit status.  A particular eye-opener is the link to Center for Media and Democracy, providing access to hundreds of ALEC “model bills,” and the names of hundreds of legislators and other government folks who are members of ALEC.
  A number of comments, above, bash the Propublica report in various ways.  Some claim it to be partisan, others because it may tend to pick on one party to the exclusion of the other.  In this particular case, my friends, such diatribes are not relevant.  This operation is unique.  The seriousness of the matter requires more than simply comparing apples and oranges.  Now, if you wish to continue that game, I invite you to browse through the Ctr for Media/Democracy mentioned above and learn that many, many hundreds of legislators and other politicians are members of ALEC, and that 95%, more or less, of these members are Republican.
  Skartishu, Granby MO

As I’ve said before,“the herd” is ruled by the unelected ,have been ,&
will be as long as money & greed is more important then America,why else would teaparty want to hold bush 2nd reduced tax rates for top 2%
of taxable incomes? Answer ulta-rich controling,the dimmer of the herd
  (they swim in the shallow end of the gene pool).

I first learned of ALEC through another publication a number of months ago.  Makes me wonder if all of those right wing governors who were pushing to take rights away from the workers had utilized the services of ALEC.

Also, I wonder if ALEC had anything to do with the writing and eventual adoption of the so-called ‘Patriot Act,’ which became law from start to finish in about 6 weeks after September 11th.?  Hmmmmm.  Just wondering.

Yes the more you think you know, you find that you know less than before! Once you get off the beaten path of the MSM ’ s crapola you find there some real truths out there on the air waves. Take face book & twitter, a man and other’s got rich off providing a service where people can goof off are put out some serious stuff the MSM never covers & it does it won’t last long. http://armstrongeconomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/armstrongeconomics-clarification-071511.pdf, this about somes up how DC & Wall Street works & why we are in this mess & will be in this depression for many more years than it had to be, unless some how these people in power realize they are clueless of what the problems are, WHY? because they are the problem! Their tightly wound web of deceit to themselves and to those around them has warped all of their minds.Remember the floods around the Nuke Plants? What ever happen to the plants, no media updates on any form of leakage or erosion of any of the up river Dams, just the fact of a heat wave will stay in place across most of the south, west, northern plains and western mountains where there is lots of snow left to add to the flooding of the Missouri, Mississippi. How many dams, dikes & levees are weaken or gone already and crop land washed away or unusable for 2 years or so?

As I looked for info on Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant status I found this site & boy I thought this guy was a nut case but after further review my eyes, ears and mind open up. I had to flush the daily dose of crap from the MSM. http://www.oilfreefun.com/. Most blame all the past & present bad things on him or her, be it a President or member of congress or bankers who screwed up the world, look in the mirror, Americans have been bought out by the State, Local & Federal Government & for what? Broken promises, land grabs, loss of privacy, having your junk touched by some pervert from the TSA, try to get a pass port to MEXICO OR CANADA or buy a hand gun for you & your wife, the cost & waiting time was made possible not because of congress passed a bill, it was the executive and judicial branch who says what is law and how it gets enforced, congress is useless when it comes to stopping the president’s war spending, nation building after we blew it all to hell with 100 or 200 ‘2 million dollars each missals. There are hundreds of U.S. military contractors who pad the pockets of members of congress to funnel tax payers money to them to build stuff none of the military needs or wants that is filling up ware houses all over the world, most of the stuff just set there & rots or rusts away & then some of it has been found to be very useful. When there was a need for weapons to use in Iraq that would stand up to the hash desert conditions. Many of our troops were being killed because of jammed rifles, not enough knock down power. A young Army SGT from the South Eastern States got permission from his C.O. to go the rear to see what he could find, the supply manager pointed him to tents full of M1 308 Cal’s that were packed up in crates, new fresh ammo & he made them work for use on the roof tops of Baghdad and the other hot spots were terror groups controlled, but with these old time tested weapons used by US Military & Allies in past wars they damn sure worked well in Iraq. You know H. Clinton & Obama has blocked every effort by U.Citizens from being able to purchase these weapons , why? There over a million of these M1’s still in their crates stored in Korean warehouses waiting to shipped to back to the USA, they are Tax Payers property, not the gov’s. There great for hunting big game to feed your self great healthy food not full of man made drugs un safe for humans, but of course these busy bodies have nothing better to do than to block the shipment of these well made “Made In The USA” weapons back to the USA where they belong. The money brought in from collectors & hunters would put many people to work.

Law abiding folks always seem to be punished for the deeds of crooks. Ask yourself, why? Why have none of the people who used fraud, deceptive trading schemes, market manipulation, naked short selling, price fixing, settling contracts in Cash way above the spot price say of Silver. Not long ago, the price of paper silver crashed, but the physical silver still sold for way over the spot price & still does today. The SLV ETF ran by JPM has cost investors millions as the bankers work together on price take downs helped by the Federal Reserve Private Cartel of Bankers. Oil is the same way. Many members of congress have been in office longer than the leade of Libya. Heck a New Central Bank was set up before the fight really got started!

How many know what Bohemian Grove is, where located & who attends & why? If your like a cat, you will want to find out!

Happy hunting!

“ALEC has been around since the early 1970s.”

Oh…from about the time the Republicans sided with Big Oil and OPEC against the American people - and then got serious about selling America out?

We are planning on taking it to the streets to protest ALEC in New Orleans August 1st-6th.
Read about it:
http://nolaanarcha.blogspot.com/2011/07/why-anarchists-should-protest-alec.html

To: David Carver,  Ref.  July 17,  9:52 am, 

Wish I understood what you are talking about, sounds like something is wrong, but takes a lawyer to understand it.  Not anything I could do about it in any case, but will try to learn a little more.  Just can’t learn everything in this world.  Thanks for the information.

Great Blog with very good posts .Can you please tell me that how much time you take to create this wonderful blog,although i am new on internet but your work is very good and i appreciate your work.

Rememr the FAA is still not funded and there are some 4000 people furloughed and thousands more are stuck because of the lack of funding for airport construction jobs. REAL PEOPLE without jobs, because Boehner’s HOUSE is in disarray and the TPARTY PATRIOTS are readying the for RISE OF THE TPARTY NATION and the demise of democracy in AMERICA. This nation is in trouble and I will not surrender it to quacks and whacks who would let the whole nation go down to be rebuilt in their image. I don’t know about you, but the thugs have taken over and it time to restart the progressive engine with a few SMART PEOPLE at the helm.

Today congress & Obama showed just how good they understand how the world works, the bills they have passed have only hurt the people that was intended to help. http://inthesetimes.com/ you can search the site & it will show just how Washington tries to cover up what they will do with CHAIN CPI to inflect as much pain on those that are disabled & the older retirees who lost most of their life savings when the markets tanked in 2008! 2016 will be a real awakening for millions of Americans who rely om the MSM for the truth, so if you work for or with a non profit group as a volunteer, it would be wise for you to learn what is really going on behind the curtains in Washington DC so you will learn to protect your assets before they become worthless by actions of our leaders!

Minnesota SEO

Jan. 27, 2012, 5:10 a.m.

It’s relieving to know this only happens for conservative-backed legislation and our liberal politicians are immune to this. Just can’t learn everything in this world.  Thanks for the information.

@Minnesota SEO:  It is only logical, you know. 

For some odd reason modern American “conservatism” is all about capturing all wealth that they don’t already control - and America and the American people be damned. 

In fact, it appears that the top 1% have renamed their greed “conservatism” solely to take advantage of the preexisting reputation of “conservatives”.  The label of “conservatism” provides them with a platform from which they can attack the American people and their government by attacking the taxes that sustain government and enable government’s effort to meet the ideals laid out in the Preamble to the Constitution. 

Perhaps more importantly, modern “conservatives” seek to destroy taxes that reduce their rate of wealth accumulation either by hitting their own incomes directly or by diverting harvestable wealth away from their preferred prey - the American people - and to the government.  You see, modern “conservatives” would rather not have public competition with their far less controllable - from the perspective of the American people - private tax….that private tax they call profit.  (Perhaps you recall the speculation-driven run-up in energy prices 2006-2008?  A most…rewarding…private tax, that.)

So the top 1% - or the modern “conservatives”, if you prefer to permit them that egregious relabeling of greed - have both the means and the motive to use legislation to take America away from the American people “legally”....hence, ALEC.

If “liberals” were as well-endowed with wealth as modern “conservatives”...well, I doubt that they would be spending money on efforts like ALEC; their goals seem to be centered on making America a better place for all of the American people as opposed to the modern “conservative” goal of making America a better place for themselves at the expense of the American people.

It is quite unfortunate that the right’s base doesn’t comprehend the significance of that last sentence; if they did, they would weigh their value and meaning to the modern “conservatives” in terms of their own net worth.  Sad, really.

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