Wednesday, April 9, 2014

GA-42 Battle - Are Those Lies About ALEC?

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Whenever my bullshit meter goes off - it's time to sit down to the keyboard
and it went off big time today.

Saw this little battle going on in Georgia:
There are two people in Geogia battling it out for Senate seat 42.
Williams and Parent
and it's gotten nasty - slinging crap at each other.

I don't care who wins - but
this drew my attention.
And it's a good example of how far candidates will go to distance themselves from the ultraconservative, pro-corporate extremist American Legislative Exchange Council.

The conservative blog Peach Pundit reported this
The poll also tested voters’ response to Parent’s trip to an ALEC conference while serving as a state representative a couple of years ago. Williams’ team has been talking about that trip, hoping it will anchor doubts about Parent as too business-friendly for the Decatur and North Druid Hills district’s progressive politics.

There’s little truth to either of these claims – Parent as a crypto-ALEC member or the nebulous question about a pro-Republican group backing Williams.

Parent did attend a conference of evil ALEC cabalists while serving as a state rep. But she went as a spy.

Parent’s spokespeople wouldn’t discuss their internal polling in public, but released a statement following my inquiry. “Elena attended the ALEC conference on behalf of the AFL-CIO, progressive champion Sen. Nan Orrock, and other Democratic leaders to help build plans to defeat their extreme agendas,” said Matt Weyandt, Parent’s senior campaign advisor.

A spy...
to defeat ALECs extreme agenda
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Here's what you need to know:
Elena Parent was elected in 2010 to the Georgia legislature and served one term - until December 2012.

The ALEC meeting she "spied on" was August 2011
Elena Parent "the spy" was a freshman legislator with only 9 months on the job.
Evidently - Georgia couldn't find anyone else, with a little more experience as a legislator,  to go to New Orleans to spy on ALEC - at their annual meeting.

On July 13, 2011, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) unveiled this trove of over 800 "model" bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporations and politicians through ALEC. 

Before July 13, 2011 - everyone - literally everyone, including the AFL-CIO, thought those of us who were writing about ALEC were wearing tin-foil hats. 
There is no way, no way the AFL-CIO was on board "to defeat ALECs extreme agenda "by August 2011 
- or to ask someone to "spy" on ALEC on their behalf.

And if she did so - where in the hell is the report?
What did she find out in 2011 - that the rest of would have like to have known - - in 2011?

And the
Pièce de résistance 
In August 2011
Nan Orrock was a MEMBER of ALEC - an alternate on the Communications and Technology Taskforce.
She did not quit ALEC until April 2012.
and could attend any ALEC meeting she wanted to
There was no need for them to find "a spy" in August of 2011.

NOW - - 
in 2011
WY Sen. Phil Nicholas, R-Laramie, said he attended one ALEC meeting and noticed many lobbyists from Wyoming were there, including a coal company lobbyist.

He said he viewed the meeting as primarily a lobbying effort and never went back.
Ms. Parent went to only one ALEC meeting and agreed with Mr. Nicholas - as shown above - I wouldn't be writing about her.

But in an effort to get her elected
it appears that a group of "democrats" - have gotten together to build a tall tale - to save her tail.

But the story they have built around her ALEC conference attendance
reeks of

Monday, March 31, 2014

ALECs Fingers in Fed Business

Wake up America.
From the LinkedIn page of new lobbyist Michael Correia

Director of Federal Affairs

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Construction industry
March 2007February 2009 (2 years)
Lead ALEC external outreach on Capitol Hill and with the White House, including direct communication with 85 Members of Congress (ALEC Alumni). Worked with members, non-member organizations, non-profits, and corporations on issue advocacy. Developed and implemented Capitol Hill educational policy seminars used to build support on policy issues, including successful passage of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. Tracked and commented on federal legislation and provided updates to members via monthly newsletter. Wrote and submitted testimony at Congressional hearings, including providing expert witnesses. Planned, selected, and coordinated conference speakers at ALEC conferences including handling all event logistics with Presidential address in Philadelphia. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Alaska - Looking for ALEC Members?

Always remember when looking for ALEC members that most of them hide their ALEC membership.

The best way to find out if they are an ALEC member
 - is to ask them
 - is to check their expense accounts and campaign funds.

Exposing ALEC members is done by activists - thru research.
Most ALEC members do not self identify with ALEC - they know what they are doing for ALEC is wrong and they are ashamed.  Only the most corrupt acknowledge their ALEC membership - they are proud of their role in destroying the US.

ALECExposed has a partial list.

And then there is also this list of past and present members.

Ramona Barnes AK
Ethan Berkowitz AK
John B Coghill, Jr AK
Mia Costello AK
Bettye Davis AK
Fred  Dyson AK
Anna Fairclough AK
Richard Foster AK
Carl J Gatto AK
Cathy Geissel AK
Joe Green AK
Joe Hayes AK
Jeannette James AK
Lloyd Jones AK
Wes  Keller AK
Mike  Kelly AK
Pete Kelly AK
Tim Kelly AK
Jalmar M Kertulla AK
Loren D Leman AK
Bob Lynn AK
Terry Martin AK
Lesil McGuire AK
Charisse E Millett AK
Eldon Mulder AK
Cathy E Munoz AK
Sean Parnell AK
Gail Phillips AK
Lora Reinho AK
Pat Rodey AK
Jerry  Sanders AK
Bert Sharp AK
Robin Taylor AK
Lesil McGuire AK
Peggy Wilson AK
Don Young AK

And this list compiled by another person from the 1995 ALEC Legislative Sourcebook.

Bettye Davis AK
Richard  Foster AK
Joe Green AK
Jeanette A. James AK
Tim Kelly AK
Eldon P. Mulder AK
Gail Phillips AK
Pat  Rodey AK
Jerry Sanders AK
Bert Sharp AK
Robin  Taylor AK

Pot - New Target for ALEC Corporate Members?

Been watching this for about a month now and it's driving me crazy - 

Main reason is that for decades - decades - agri-business has sat on their a$$es and did nothing, nothing about the pot industry.
And now after decades - decades - of local activism - the pot industry - is becoming legal - the fight has been fought and won
   and NOW the corporations want in 
   and they have found the quickest way in

Saw this on a thread this morning
Hey guys - look who's supporting cannabis!
Michael Correia, a former GOP staffer who spent two years lobbying for the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, is the newest advocate for the National Cannabis Industry Ass
First of all a little background on Correia
Even tho one post a couple weeks ago - said he had been raised in a Democratic family and he finally had seen the light - my response is b#llshit! He's a right wing hack - his RW philosophy in interviews is straight off the ALEC webpage.
This is like everything else that happens in America right now - it's all about corporate money. 
As more legalization happens the corporations see dollar signs
Who better to have as a Cannabis lobbyist for the cannabis association then:
From 2007 - 2009 he was an ALEC staffer - Director of Federal Affairs
Now stop and think about it folks - this guy is a right-winger.  Has been, always will be.
He has worked for ALEC - his most recent job was working for ALECer Diane Black.

ALEC - where lobbyists meet with legislators behind closed doors.
ALEC - where lobbyists give lazy, ignorant state legislators new legislation to push for their corporations - for the cost of a room at a posh hotel and more food/booze than you can imagine
ALEC - where lobbyists use legislation they write - to forward the profits over people message.
ALEC - where your legislator takes corporate legislation, back to your state 
         - to forward the profits & agenda of ALEC corporate members, over people .

THE ALEC that wrote tough sentencing laws targeting drug users, to fill ALEC corporate private prison members.

Do you think  
Michael Correia - lobbyist for the National Cannabis Industry Association
isn't going to be wining/dining - boozing/schmoozing state legislators at ALEC meetings?
ALEC meetings that he himself went to, just a couple of years ago?

Michael Correia - lobbyist for the National Cannabis Industry Association
will be sitting at the upcoming ALEC meetings 
because he knows
only at an ALEC meeting will he find
- ALEC legislators who will promote corporate legislation 
and the National Cannabis Industry Association is a corporation.

Think about it folks:
  Monsanto pot
  Cargill pot
  Bayer pot
  Syngenta pot
  GMO pot

Michael Correia - lobbyist for the National Cannabis Industry Association
at an ALEC meeting - taking the next huge industry to ALEC corporate members.
Michael Correia - lobbyist for the National Cannabis Industry Association
past ALEC Director of Federal Affairs - the bastion of a bastardized concept of the "free market" and the pushers of privatization.
My guess, with Correia in charge of pot lobbying
Not only will agri-biz control the pot market within the next five years
ALEC state legislators will decimate local control over pot production and pot consumption
   you do know that ALEC already has legislation that places restrictions 
   on local efforts to restrict bio-engineered and GMO crops and another piece of 
   legislation that prohibits local, city or county governments from limiting pesticide use?
ALEC legislators will then deregulate pot so that ALEC corporations can bastardize this crop in any way they see fit - for profits.

Then the lawsuits against local growers
- - you will have the GMO pot spreading it's GMO pollen pollution across fields
and the local grower being sued by agri-biz
  being denied the ability to plant the seed the local grower harvested
Why - 
cause it's been contaminated with GMO pollen pollution
and it now considered the "intellectual property" of large agri-biz.
History repeating itself - as documented here  and  here

And keep this in mind - when reading praises of a RWer entering the pot business
It would be impossible to mistake Correia for a “true believer.” Even today he won’t say whether he supports the legalization of marijuana.
“Luckily, I don’t have to get into that argument or discussion,” he says.
Correia is a hired gun
lobbyist for the National Cannabis Industry Association
and he 
won’t say whether he supports the legalization of marijuana

And keep this in mind - also folks
Correia's association, for example, recently formed an alliance with Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist who runs Americans for Tax Reform.
Americans for Tax Reform - another ALECer
Grover Norquist - another ALECer

Having an ALECer lobbying for pot is not a good thing folks
People better wake up and realize that now - while they can take proactive action - they need to act.
Or they could do nothing - and then weep - Woe is Me - five years from now.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

ALEC - We Hate Local Control

I hate red-light cameras.
Don't get me wrong I've been nabbed by them and I hate them.

But - - -
for the life of me I could never figure out why ALEC had a piece of legislation to eliminate redlight cameras.
I don't agree with anything ALEC does - so why would they have an innocuous piece of legislation - that didn't seem to help out the profit of ALEC corporations
an innocuous piece of legislation- that I agreed with - until now.

Well - - -
Today, five years into my research on ALEC I found out why they wrote it
- in a clip about the bill being passed in MO.
And all the sudden the redlight bulb went off over my head - thinking about how ALEC is trying to destroy everything at the local level.  Destruction of  local school board authority, destruction of  local water systems, destroy municipal broadband, stopping local control over fracking operations,  destruction local phone service, and everything else ALEC state legislators are doing that is pure evil against local governments.

ALECer Stanley Cox makes the reason perfectly clear at minute1:17.

It’s the money to the cities

It’s the ordinances

It the fines that they collect that they get to keep and

It’s all about that

Listen closely

He almost said f#cking fines

We have to start looking closer at ALEC legislation.
In addition to providing new profit centers for ALEC corporate members, the American Legislative Exchange Council is focused on destroying local control and killing local revenue - to limit government at the local level.  ALEC state legislators pushing through legislation at the state level, that destroys control at the local level.

So, when you look at an ALEC bill - - ask
Does it create a new profit center for an ALEC corporate member?
Does it create additional revenues for an ALEC corporate member?

If the answer is no - then ask -
How does it limit local government control, decimate local revenue?

ALEC is one nasty, evil organzation.
ALEC hates the control of the Federal government.
ALEC hates control at the local level.
They only want evil, fascist ALEC member in control.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

There is NO Evidence Kirk Dillard quit ALEC.

An update to my post yesterday

Want to get this on the search engines.
Dillard's letter is a sham - another piece of misleading information handed out to the press and public -  by a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council - evidently, they can't tell the truth, unless a lobbyist is buying them something - yes sir, anything you want sir.

Dillard did NOT quit ALEC
He resigned as Public Sector Chair.
That's it - he resigned as state head honcho.