Saturday, December 1, 2012

The 800 pound Gorilla in Your Living Room

Sitting there, scheming up more ways to separate you from your money and how to circumvent the Constitution. That gorilla is called ALEC--American Legislative Exchange Council

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

ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. We agree. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door.
ALEC Exposed: The Koch Connection

This page documents how bills pushed by ALEC corporations result in taxpayers subsidizing the profits of the private prison industry by putting more people in for-profit prisons and keeping them in jail for longer.

This page reveals how ALEC bills would privatize public education, crush teacher's unions, and push American universities to the right.


deepa prabakar said...

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kenny said...

Pressure by bought state legislatures is definitely a factor in privatizing public schools.

In Nashville the school board turned down a charter school to be run by a private AZ company and the state has withheld several million dollars from the school system because of it. So far the school board hasn't backed down and has said they will deal with the loss of money rather than take orders from the state.

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