I start my day with a cup of coffee and I peruse the most recent articles and news about the “American Legislative Exchange Council” (ALEC).
While most people bring up the fact that ALEC “model legislation” is basically boilerplate – copy, cut & paste – legislation, most every article is forgetting to mention a very important piece of information about ALEC “model legislation”.
ALEC “model legislation” is PRO-BUSINESS.
Which means everybody else (you and me) pretty much get screwed by every piece of ALEC “pro-business” “Model legislation”.
If you don’t’ want to believe me – read what ALEC has written over the years.
ALEC serves as a liaison between the interests of these companies and its legislative members.
(1983 ALEC Annual Meeting Program)
ALECs free market, pro-business position stands for lower excise taxes
(Sam Brunelli in a letter to ALEC members 1992)
Throughout these twenty years, we have experienced many successes, due in no small measure to the increasingly significant resources and talent provided by the ALEC private sector membership in task force settings and other valuable meetings and conferences.
(1993 ALEC Annual Meeting Program Ronald P. Scheberle, Chairman - ALEC Private Enterprise Board)
In ALEC's Task Forces, state legislators and corporate decision-makers work in a dynamic partnership to identify the issues and develop the policy solutions to the challenges facing the nation. Task Forces are empowered to commission and publish research and analyses, create workshops for ALEC meetings, frame policy resolutions, draft model legislation and develop legislative strategies.
(1993 ALEC Annual Meeting – Task Forces)
Members are entitled to the full use of ALEC’s networking and research facilities. Each member may designate three contacts to receive ALEC publication, are entitled to discounted registration fees for all ALEC conferences and meetings, and may be a voting member on any ALEC task force.
(1994-1995 ALEC Guide to Private Sector Membership)
State legislators welcome their private sector counterparts as equals at the table as both groups seek solutions to the challenges that face the states and nation. The policies they create from this innovative relationship will define the political landscape well into the 21st century.
In the states it again
(ALEC 1995 States and Nation)
ALEC, the public and private sectors work together as equal partners, sharing ideas and expertise to develop policies that strengthen the free market and a free society.
(2002 ALEC Annual Report)
Unique to ALEC Task Forces is their public-private partnership, a synergistic alliance that identifies issues and then responds with common sense, results-oriented policies. Legislators welcome their private sector counterparts to the table as equals, working in unison to solve the challenges facing the nation.
(2011 ALEC legislative member recruitment brochure)
Your ALEC legislator is “an equal” with corporations” – not with you!
You and I - figure NOWHERE in the plan for ALEC and your ALEC legislator.
ALEC "Model Legislation" & Legislators are PRO-BUSINESS
If you think ALEC legislators are doing things in the best interests of “we the people” – forgetaboutit – unless you believe that Citizens United was a good Supreme Court ruling - and you think corporations are "people".