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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Corporate America Writing Legislation - Just for You!

For many reasons which people will understand – finding information on who is a member of ALEC is extremely difficult.

Since the private sector members of ALEC co-author legislation and legislation has to be approved by the private sector member of ALEC before it goes out to the State and Federal government for enactment, I thought you might want to know which companies are writing United States legislation for their own corporate benefit.

The most recent Private "Enterprise" information that can be found on ALEC’s private sector membership is from 2005.

Here’s a list of companies from 2005 (who are probably still active - why would they not be?) that are influencing and actually writing and approving legislation that is being introduced in every State in the US. 

 (http://www.alec.org/; accessed 4/21/05)
Sponsor List:

Alcoholic Beverages
Coors Brewing Company
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
Miller Brewing Company
Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc.
Seagram North America

Automobiles
Avis Rent a Car
DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Ford Motor Company
General Motors Corporation

Banks/Financial Services
American General Financial Group
American Express Company
Bank of America
Community Financial Services Corporation
Credit Card Coalition
Credit Union National Association, Inc
Fidelity Investments
Harris Trust & Savings Bank
Household International
LaSalle National Bank
J.P. Morgan & Company
Non-Bank Funds Transmitters Group

Criminal Justice
American Bail Corporation
Corrections Corporation of America
National Association of Bail Insurance Companies
Wackenhut Corrections

Energy Producers/Oil
American Petroleum Institute
Amoco Corporation
ARCO
BP America, Inc.
Caltex Petroleum
Chevron Corporation
ExxonMobil Corporation
Mobil Oil Corporation
Phillips Petroleum Company

Energy Producers/Other
American Electric Power Association
American Gas Association
Center for Energy and Economic Development
Commonwealth Edison Company
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Edison Electric Institute
Enron Corporation
Independent Power Producers of New York
Koch Industries, Inc.
Mid-American Energy Company
Natural Gas Supply Association
PG&E Corporation/PG&E National Energy Group
U.S. Generating Company

Health Care
American Physical Therapy Association
Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Insurance
Alliance of American Insurers
Allstate Insurance Company
American Council of Life Insurance
American Insurance Association
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Corporation
Fortis Health
GEICO
Golden Rule Insurance Company
Guarantee Trust Life Insurance
MEGA Life and Health Insurance Company
National Association of Independent Insurers
Nationwide Insurance/National Financial
State Farm Insurance Companies
Wausau Insurance Companies
Zurich Insurance

Law/Lobbying
Skelding, Labasky, Corry, Hauser, Metz & Daws
Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker

Manufacturing
American Plastics Council
Archer Daniels Midland Corporation
AutoZone, Inc. (aftermarket automotive parts)
Cargill, Inc.
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chlorine Chemistry Council
Deere & Company
Fruit of the Loom
Grocery Manufacturers of America
Inland Steel Industries, Inc.
International Game Technology
International Paper
Johnson & Johnson
Keystone Automotive Industries
Motorola, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Sara Lee Corporation

Media
American Lawyer Media, Inc.
R.R. Donnelly & Sons Company
Primedia, Inc.
The Washington Times

Pharmaceuticals
Abbott Laboratories
Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Bayer Corporation
Eli Lilly & Company
GlaxoSmithKline
Glaxo Wellcome, Inc.
Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc.
Merck & Company, Inc.
Novartis.
Pfizer, Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Pharmacia Corporation
Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc.
Schering-Plough Corporation
Smith, Kline & French
Together Rx Access
WYETH, a division of American Home Products Corporation

Restaurants
McDonald’s Corporation
Wendy’s International, Inc.

Technology
America Online
Americans for Technology Leadership
Intel Corporation
KeySpan
Microsoft Corporation
TechCentralStation.com

Telecommunications
1-800 Contacts
AT&T
Ameritech
BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.
GTE Corporation
MCI
National Cable and Telecommunications Association
SBC Communications, Inc.
Sprint
UST Public Affairs, Inc.
Verizon Communications, Inc.

Tobacco
Cigar Association of America, Inc.
Lorillard Tobacco Company
Philip Morris Management Corporation
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Smokeless Tobacco Council

Transportation
Air Transport Association of America
American Trucking Association
The Boeing Company
United Airlines
United Parcel Service

Other
Aerospace Industries Association
American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
American Optometric Association
American Tort Reform Association
Amway Corporation
APCO Worldwide Ltd
Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment
Cabot Sedgewick
Cendant Corporation
Center for Consumer Freedom
Center for Tenth Amendment Studies
Corrections Corporation of America
Dresser Industries
Federated Department Stores
Global Intellectual Property Center – US Chamber of Commerce
Independence Institute
Institute for Policy Innovation
International Gold Corporation
International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network
Lumina Foundation for Education
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Microsoft Corporation
Newmont Mining Corporation

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
Prison Fellowship Ministries, they run the Interchange Freedom Initiative
Quaker Oats
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)
Sears, Roebuck & Company
Service Corporation International
Taxpayers Network, Inc.
Turner Construction
The Alliance for School Choice
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
UST Public Affairs Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Women Impacting Public Policy
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ALEC –has a annual meeting that is attended by “more than 2,000 state legislators, private sector members, government representatives, and public policy experts come together for this event to confront the problems facing the 50 states  (Wiki)

ALEC – brings together private sector companies – such as Koch Industries and Walmart, for the purpose of  issues are debated by task forces of members, and policies adopted.”  AND  ALEC “model bills” (aka Model Legislation) are introduced in task force meetings and voted on by ALEC members at each of three national meetings. Public sector (state legislators) and private sector (companies, foundations and nonprofits) members vote on each model bill separately”  (Wiki)

What this means is that private sector companies – such as(but not limited to) right wing companies such as  Koch Industries and Walmart -  are writing “model legislation” that legislature members then introduce as State and Federal bills.  Some of the “model legislation” are held on a public web site.  I’m sure in the “members only” area of the web site more controversial “model legislation” is kept, for members “eyes only”, for legislative members to “copy, print and present” as bills in their State or at the Federal level.

“Our members join for the purpose of having a seat at the table. That’s just what we do, that’s the service we offer. The organization is supported by money from the corporate sector, and, by paying to be members, corporations are allowed the opportunity to sit down at the table and discuss the issues that they have an interest in.” Dennis Bartlett, ALEC, 1997

HELL they are not only buying a seat at the ALEC table,
  They are buying a hidden seat in every State legislature.
  They are buying a hidden seat in the Federal government.
  They are writing “Legislation”.
They are subverting democracy.
Walker, Kasich, Koch, WalMart, Wal-Mart, Coors, Helmer, UK Parliament
International Readers – this is not a US problem only – there is a member of the UK parliament that belongs to this organization and ALEC has stated that they are planning on going international   This is why ALEC aims to apply for membership as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in consultative status with the UN.  … ALEC will gain the ability to craft an international agenda, publicly repudiate misinformation, and begin identifying and connecting with allies we have not yet even met. While both getting our message across and ensuring that it does not fall on deaf ears are labor- intensive tasks, both are also critical to the survival and expansion of our international outreach.

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