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Monday, February 28, 2011

ALEC and Legislation

They Vote on Legislation at the ALEC Annual conference
Earlier this year, six members from the state House of Representatives attended ALEC's annual conference in San Diego. Taxpayers paid for the trip at a cost of $15,000.
State Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, who attended the August trip, said lawmakers used the conference to get ideas for new legislation.

"You literally look at legislation that other states have passed or are proposing," Haynes said. "You sit around a table and discuss it, and then you vote on the legislation you think should be model legislation" for ALEC.

Blocking Living Wage Laws: With the successful preemption of local minimum wage laws in many states, ALEC has set its sights on overturning even the more limited "living wage" laws that require contractors doing business with cities or counties to pay a decent wage. When Miami-Dade passed a living wage law that extended its local wage minimums to contractors at the local airport, Florida enacted a law that overturned the part of the local ordinance raising the wages of airport personnel. Even more dramatically, when Atlanta passed a similar living wage law extending its coverage to its airport, the airlines got ALEC legislators to push through legislation overturning not only the living wage for airline employees but for any contractor doing business with the city of Atlanta. Declared ALEC's Earl Ehrhart, the bill's sponsor, "I've been waiting 17 years to pass some good conservative legislation" as he blocked all cities in Georgia from giving any preference to higher-wage contractors over sweatshops bidding to provide public services

ALEC has even been deployed by its corporate masters to bring Congressional leaders to heel when they stray from the big oil political line. When Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who has generally been a loyal servant of oil company interests, dared to venture a few minor criticisms of the oil companies, ALEC lined up with other conservative groups to criticize the Speaker for "pandering to polling" and betraying free market principles

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) stands as a compelling example of the political power that can result when the traditional business-oriented, single-issue organizations operate in conjunction with the multi-issue organizations of the Right. ALEC, founded in 1973 by Paul Weyrich, (also the founder of the Heritage Foundation), is a major player in state tort reform battles. ALEC develops legislation templates for tort reform laws being passed in several states.40 In a June, 2003, commentary41 Weyrich wrote:
Fortunately, we have the organization that is playing a vital role in advancing the conservative agenda where it works best -- the state and local level -- and this organization serves as our early radar system for detecting coming trends and concerns in public policy. . .
As an example of how the states can circumvent Washington gridlock, Parde says the votes in the U.S. Senate are just not there for substantive tort reform. But approximately a dozen states have used the model legislation developed by ALEC to provide some kind of relief from "jackpot justice," unwarranted settlements that are costly to consumers and businesses and medical practitioners.

I don’t care if ALEC may have written some good legislation –
I don’t want ALEC writing any legislation
This is the United States of America – we are a democracy
I DID NOT ELECT THEM –
Corporations should not be writing legislation!
THIS IS WRONG!
Why is it still continuing?


If you don’t’ know what ALEC is – read the piece below.

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, Coors Brewing, AT&T and Walmart -  are writing “model legislation” that legislature members then introduce as State and Federal bills.  Some examples of the “model legislation” are posted 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.
  Someday they may buy the Oval Office.
  They are writing “Model 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.

Koch, Walmart - “Guide to Repealing Obamacare”

Index from the ALEC “Guide to Repealing Obamacare”

What Does ObamaCare Mean for States?
ü      Overburdened Medicaid Programs
ü      Higher Taxes
ü      Harmful Individual Mandates
ü      Job-Killing Employer Mandates
ü      Federal Takeover of State Insurance Regulation
How Can You, As a State Legislator, Stop ObamaCare?
ü      Decline to Build the ObamaCare Edifice
ü      Use Oversight Powers As Appropriate
ü      Reframe the Debate on ObamaCare
ü      Promote Health Care Freedom Using ALEC Model Legislation



If you don’t’ know what ALEC is – read the piece below.

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, Coors Brewing, AT&T and Walmart -  are writing “model legislation” that legislature members then introduce as State and Federal bills.  Some examples of the “model legislation” are posted 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.
  Someday they may buy the Oval Office.
  They are writing “Model 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.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

WI Retirement System - Walker's Piggy Bank?

See the entire article here:
http://www.progressive.org/rc0227b11.html


Sudden Retirements Wreak Havoc in Wisconsin

On page three of the bill, "third paragraph from the top, there is very interesting language that leads to the very important question for Governor Walker. The paragraph mandates that a study of the existing Wisconsin Retirement System be performed and it must “specifically address establishing a defined contribution plan as an option for WRS participating employees” and the deadline for completing this study is June 30, 2012. I don’t think that Walker would be adding retirement benefits for workers - so I am wondering if the Republican Governors that are trying to get rid of collective bargaining of retirement benefits, so that they can terminate the existing plans and recover excess assets for their state balance sheets.

"If Governor Walker’s bill passes, and collective bargaining of retirement benefits is eliminated, then next year when Governor Walker decides it is in Wisconsin’s best interests to get rid of the existing plan and replace it with something less valuable for the employees. And the employees would have no say and no one can keep Walker from raiding your retirement savings."

Over beers at Donnelly's retirement party, Phillips agrees: "ETF has $78 billion in retirement funds--it has got to have occurred to someone in the Governor's office to use those funds," says.
Walker, Koch, Madison, WalMart, Helmer

From WI - Who caused the economic crisis?

Read the entire article here:
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/02/27-4

One of the strongest statements has come from Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, who explained “what all working families should know:”
  1. Who caused the economic crisis? Banks, Wall Street speculators, mortgage lenders, global corporations shifting jobs from the U.S. overseas.
  2. Who is profiting in the recession? Corporate profits, 3rd quarter of 2010, were $1.6 trillion, 28 percent higher than the year before, the biggest one-year jump in history. Meanwhile, average wages and total wages have fallen for all incomes, except the wealthiest Americans whose income grew five-fold.
  3. Who is not paying their fair share? In U.S. states facing a budget shortfall, revenues from corporate taxes have declined $2.5 billion in the last year. In Wisconsin, two-thirds of corporations pay no taxes, and the share of state revenue from corporate taxes has fallen by half since 1981. Nationally, according to a General Accountability Study out today, 72 percent of all foreign corporations and about 57 percent of U.S. companies doing business in the United States paid no federal income taxes for at least one year between 1998 and 2005.
  4. Are public employees overpaid? State workers typically earn 11 percent less, local public workers 12 percent less than private employees with comparable education and experience. Nationally, cutting the federal payroll in half would reduce spending by less than 3 percent.
  5. Would pay and benefit concessions by public employees stop the demands?The right has made it clear it wants A- cuts in public pay, pensions, and health benefits, followed by B- restricting collective bargaining for public sector workers, followed by C- prohibiting public sector unions.
  6. Will the right be troubled if cuts in working standards make it harder to recruit teachers and other public servants? No. Take public teachers, many of whom have accepted wage freezes and other cuts in recent years. Many in the right have a fairly open goal of privatizing education, and destabilizing public schools serves this purpose. The right also salutes the shredding of government workforce, part of its overall goal to gut all government service and make it harder to crack down on corporate abuses or implement other public protections and services.
  7. Will the right stop at curbing public workers rights? Employers across the U.S. are demanding major concessions from private sector workers, and breaking unions. Rightwing governors and state legislators are seeking new laws to restrict union rights for all private and public employees.
  8. Does everyone have a stake in this fight? Yes. It’s an old axiom that the rise in living standards for the middle class in the 1950s was the direct result of a record rate of unionization in America. It is of course unions that won the eight-hour day, weekends off, and many other standards all Americans take for granted that are now often threatened with the three-decade-long attack on unions spurred by that rightwing icon Ronald Reagan. The corollary is that increased wages and guaranteed pensions put money into the economy, with a ripple effect that creates jobs and spurs the economy for all.

Competition Breeds Legislation for ALEC

I finally found a published reason why ALEC wants to be so involved in writing legislation – it has everything to do with the private sector and the bottom line of the Corporations who belong to ALEC.

“Everyday private industry competes against the public sector to provide Americans with goods and services in areas such as transportation, the environment and many others.”


AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL

Washington, DC, January 12, 1995.
Hon. NEWT GINGRICH,
House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
DEAR SPEAKER GINGRICH:

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest bipartisan individual membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and individual liberty, wishes to express concern with the issue of federal mandates as it relates to services provided by both the public and the private sectors.

We are concerned that efforts underway to address mandates on state and local governments will unfairly impede the balance of competition, regulating private industry to meet standards not required by the public sector. Everyday private industry competes against the public sector to provide Americans with goods and services in areas such as transportation, the environment and many others. One example of this is waste water treatment facilities.

Under the current mandate reform scenario, regulations on state and local government would be lifted on many services. Unfortunately, private industry would not be exempted from these same regulations. Instead, they would continue to be forced to pass the cost of these regulations on to the consumer. This problem would obviously create an unfair advantage in favor of publicly operated services.

As we have see in the early days of the 104th Congress, just as laws are applicable to its citizens, they should also apply to Members of Congress. The same premise holds true in this case. Private industry should not be made to comply with regulations that exempt public sector providers. The rules must be consistent.

Thank you for your time. We appreciate your attention in this matter.
Respectfully,
Senator RAY POWERS (CO),
National Chairman.
SAMUEL A. BRUNELLI,
Executive Director.


If you don’t’ know what ALEC is – read the piece below.


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, Coors Brewing, AT&T and Walmart -  are writing “model legislation” that legislature members then introduce as State and Federal bills.  Some examples of the “model legislation” are posted 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.
  Someday they may buy the Oval Office.
  They are writing “Model 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.

Koch Tells Your State How to Reform the Budget

This is the index from the
ALEC - "State Budget Reform Toolkit".
Written and produced by ALEC for legislators of the United States Federal and State governments.

This is what they want YOUR State to do.
Written with the help and approval of Koch Industries, Coors Brewing, AT&T and Wal-Mart.

I .
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
A. Problem: The Current Budget System
B. Solution: Priority-Based Budgeting

II. Tools to Modernize State Budgeting
A. Define Core Governing Principles
B. Require Non-Partisan Revenue Forecasts and Independent Certification of Budgets
C. Pass a Strong, Balanced Budget Requirement
D. Adopt an Effective State Spending Limit
E. Require Preparation of Agency Mission Statements
F. Adopt Performance Assessment and Management
G. Budgeting for Outcomes
H. The Item-Reduction Veto

III. Tools to Improve Budget Transparency
A. Create a Transparent Budget Web site
B. Adopt a 72-Hour Budget Timeout
C. Require Fiscal Notes Before Action on Spending Bills

IV. Tools to Control Costs and Improve Government Efficiency
A. Adopt a State Hiring Freeze
B. Reform State Pensions
C. Restructure State Retiree Health Care Plans
D. Eliminate Positions Vacant More Than Six Months
E. Delay Automatic Pay Increases
F. Adopt Activity-Based Costing
G. Adopt a Sunset Review Process for State Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
H. Allow the State Auditor to Conduct Performance Audits
I. Establish a System of Independent Recovery Audits for Improper Payments of Taxpayer Funds
J. Embrace the Expanded Use of Privatization and Competitive Contracting
K. Establish a State Privatization and Efficiency Council
L. Create a Statewide Real Property Inventory and Search the
Balance Sheet for Asset Sale and Lease Opportunities
M. Achieve Savings Through Employee Incentive Programs


If you don’t’ know what ALEC is – read the piece below.

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, Coors Brewing, AT&T and Walmart -  are writing “model legislation” that legislature members then introduce as State and Federal bills.  Some examples of the “model legislation” are posted 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.
  Someday they may buy the Oval Office.
  They are writing “Model Legislation”.
They are subverting democracy!
Walker, Kasich, Jan Brewer, Koch Industries, Coors Breweing, Wal-Mart, Walmart, Pawlenty

Corporations Writing Legistaion - Examples

From their own literature.

I have spent the early afternoon reading the magazine for members of ALEC, several editions.
Here's some blurbs for your entertainment.
Go get a garbage pail - so when you get ready to throw up - you have a receptacle handy.
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Photo ID to Vote – Where’d that come from?
ALEC’s model bill on this issue, the Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act requires qualified electors to present one form of identification that bears the name, address, and photograph of the voter or two different forms of identification that bear the name and address of the voter prior to receiving a ballot. A requirement that voters provide either photo ID or two alternative identification documents (instead of just one nonphoto ID like HAVA requires) is a strong step toward the prevention of fraud at the polls  

Poor Wisconsin – They’ve been overtaken by this group.
Force stepped forward to join with Wisconsin manufacturers, building contractors, health care professionals, insurers, and restaurateurs in advocating for common sense civil justice reform. The highly effective public relations campaign convinced a bipartisan majority of legislators to reject the Governor’s wholesale changes to the state’s civil justice statutes. Give credit where credit is due. Not only was ALEC, and its staff, there to help enact tort reform in 1995, they were there to prevent those reforms from being rolled back. As a result, Wisconsin businesses, large and small, can cross the hidden taxes resulting from changes to the state’s joint and several liability statutes off the list of concerns as they struggle through in the midst of our current economic downturn.  Labor unions support the binding, mandatory arbitration provision because they believe the government will give them favorable terms and even help bail out their pension plans—many of which are seriously underfunded.   (Because of Wall-Street ineptness – you fools!)

From ALEC and ALEC Meeting to a Legislation Floor
For those of us who treasure freemarkets and limited government, EFCA is a threat to both these values. Mandatory, binding arbitration, like card check, is bad for employers, workers, and our economy. Even without card check, EFCA is a very bad piece of legislation that should be rejected by Congress.  Steve Palazzo, ALEC member and Mississippi State Representative, recently introduced a resolution based on ALEC’s Model Resolution to Restate State Sovereignty, calling on the federal government to respect the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

And again they’ve taken the Lead
The resolution also calls on the federal government to repeal legislation that sends unfunded and unconstitutional mandates to the states.  Already, more than 20 states have taken steps to update their telecommunications policy, either through regulatory agencies, their legislature, or a combination of both. Now, with even more states considering action, ALEC has once again taken the lead by adopting a policy statement and model legislation the can serve as a proven guide for state policymakers.

And they want to take over the world!
The common conservative mistrust of the United Nations is well-known. While there are many reservations one may have regarding the organization, two of the strongest and most often-cited are these: First, at its core, the UN exists fundamentally to forfeit the sovereignty of nations in favor of the consensus of the international community. The notion of handing U.S. sovereignty off to any other power is anathema to many of us, and rightly so. Second, the UN has demonstrated that it is often unable to efficiently implement the powers and regulations it has pursued. Even if one is concerned with the purpose of the organization, there is cause for even greater concern regarding whether the UN is capable of carrying out that purpose well and wisely.  This is why ALEC aims to apply for membership as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in consultative status with the UN. If successful, our voice would be added to a chorus of over 3,000 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.

Legislation Written by Corporations - That is WRONG!

I will admit that I am obsessed with the organization known as ALEC.

The reason I have written about them so much is because their whole existence is wrong!
This is WRONG!
The existence of ALEC is WRONG!
What ALEC does is WRONG!

The United States of America is a democracy and we should not have corporations coming together privately with select members our legislators ( who were elected to serve the people) – to write legislation that runs our democracy.

The State and Federal legislature is elected by the people and paid for by the taxpayers to represent the PEOPLE – not the wants and needs of the Corporations.

I can’t even fathom the amount of arrogance that this organization has – to think that they have the right to write legislation to this country.  To think that they  know the best interests of the United States.  Who does ALEC  think they are that they should have so much power to write legislation that is brought back to our States and passed into law?

ALEC is so arrogant they believe they should rule the world!
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.


Their membership of maybe 5,000 - mostly private sector members (no one except ALEC knows how large the membership is or who belongs to this group) – SHOULD NOT determine legislation for the people of the United States.
ALEC is NOT part of the United States government and SHOULD NOT BE writing legislation.

This is WRONG!

  • Legislators that are participating in this organization should be immediately fired.
  • Future legislators should not be allowed to belong to organizations such as this!
  • Governors that are participating in this organization should be immediately fired.
  • Future governors should not be allowed to belong to organizations such as this!
The United States of America has a system in place for writing legislation and it DOES NOT include corporations meeting privately with our elected officials to decide what is best for our country.

And the States are to blame for this also – they are cahoots with the corporations.

Where in the hell do the State legislators think these bills came from?  They know the legislation came from ALEC  and still they just put them on the docket and introduce them and pass them as bills.  

Legislation that is written by corporations –
that is WRONG – so damn wrong.

In Washington this weekend our governors are meeting and the following governors have ties to ALEC – having hosted ALEC functions, having attended ALEC functions, speaking at ALEC functions, written in ALEC literature, some have PASSED ALEC legislation – so it can only reasonably be assumed that they are part of ALEC – because it is a members only organization.  (There may be more – they do not release member lists – these are the ones I could find after hours of research.)

Alaska
Gov. Sean Parnell

Oklahoma
Gov. Mary Fallin
Arizona
Gov. Jan Brewer

Oregon
Gov. John Kitzhaber
Arkansas
Gov. Mike Beebe

S Carolina
Gov. Nikki Haley
Indiana
Gov. Mitch Daniels

Texas
Gov. Rick Perry
Iowa
Gov. Terry Branstad

Utah
Gov. Gary Herbert
Louisiana
Gov. Bobby Jindal

Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker
Mississippi
Gov. Haley Barbour

Wyoming
Gov. Matthew Mead
Ohio
Gov. John Kasich






FIFTEEN States that have a governor and members of their legislature that belive in and practice:
“government of the Corporations, by the Corporations and for the Corporations”
This kind of government must perish from the earth.

I don’t care if ALEC may have written some good legislation –
I don’t want ALEC writing any legislation
This is the United States of America – we are a democracy
I DID NOT ELECT THEM –
Corporations should not be writing legislation!
THIS IS WRONG!
Why is it still continuing?

“and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  A. Lincoln



If you don’t’ know what ALEC is – read the piece below.

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, Coors Brewing, AT&T and Walmart -  are writing “model legislation” that legislature members then introduce as State and Federal bills.  Some examples of the “model legislation” are posted 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.
  Someday they may buy the Oval Office.
  They are writing “Model Legislation”.
They are subverting democracy!
Walker, Kasich, Koch, Wal-Mart, Walmrt, ALEC, Roger Helmer, UK Parliament

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Would Pawlenty have a Presidential Koch Red Phone?

‎Feb 25, 2011 ‎
Former Minnesota governor and likely 2012 Republican presidential contender Tim Pawlenty is taking his message directly to the Tea Party this weekend in a speech that could help make or break his popularity with one of the movement's largest groups. ...

February 25, 2011
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty are backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in his weeks-old standoff with unions over collective bargaining.

"Governor Scott Walker is making tough choices needed to avoid financial ruin. The nation's governors don't need a lecture from a President who has never balanced a budget," said Pawlenty. "The gig is up for public employee groups who demand better benefits than the taxpayers who are paying the bill... Stand strong, Scott - average taxpayers everywhere are rooting for you."

Pawlenty's Political Action Committee, Freedom First, also released a video supporting Walker that appears similar to a campaign ad.


July 28, 2008 1:26 PM
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will address the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council meeting in Chicago this Wednesday, according to the organization. In a bit of cuteness, ALEC  has put Pawlenty -- known for popularizing the phrase "Sam's Club Republicans" --  on a panel with Doug McMillon, the president of Sam's Club.

If Pawlenty wins the presidency
will David Koch have an
ALEC RED Phoneline direct to the White House?

Probably - David Koch made a personal donation
to Pawlenty's gubernatorial campaign -
didn't bother hiding it in a PAC donation -
not much, but it was still a donation.

If you don’t know what ALEC is read the piece below.


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.
  Someday they may buy the Oval Office.
  They are writing “Model Legislation”.
 Pawlenty, Koch, ALEC, Wal-Mart, Coors,