Thursday, December 6, 2012

Your Mission: To Destroy ALEC

Great article yesterday on Truthout.
Points out some of the most common nastiness known as the ALEC – in one quick read.

Snips about ALEC from:

had been instrumental in initiating “Stand Your Ground” legislation, the law that has been used to shield shooters from prosecution

the organization faced intense criticism “over its role in advancing laws that make it harder to vote, that criminalize immigrants, protect corporations from civil liability, thwart environmental regulations, and cut holes in the social safety net -- all while enjoying tax-exempt ‘charitable’ status.”

“James Taylor, the Heartland Institute’s senior fellow for environmental policy, said he was able to persuade most of ALEC’s state legislators and corporate members to push for a repeal of laws requiring more solar and wind power use on the basis of economics.

  " ...   the tax-exempt organization continues to function."

the meeting will largely consist of deciding which bills from its vast library to ‘sunset’ and which to retain or amend -- an apparent effort to scrub their history of far-right model bills, and likely a response to a year of intense criticism.”

to pay for state lawmakers’ trips to meet with corporate CEOs and lobbyists at ALEC sponsored events at posh retreats, according to internal ALEC documents and other investigative work.”

Records show that ALEC legislators know who’s paying their way — some state leaders even urge lawmakers to send thank-you notes to their patrons — but everyone else is kept in the dark.”

" ...   the tax-exempt organization continues to function."

As to “Stand Your Ground” in Florida: PR Watch’s Brian Fischer pointed out that “a panel appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to review the Stand Your Ground law endorsed the legislation, ignoring empirical evidence showing the laws correspond with an increase in homicides. Half of the lawmakers on the panel are ALEC members.”

Good morning, ladies and gentleman.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves the destruction of the American Legislative Exchange Council. 
Your goal is to ensure that ALEC ceases to function.
As always, should any member of your team be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions.

We must watch every ALEC member  - and call them out for every piece of ALEC "model legislation" that they introduce - or any piece of ALEC "model legislation" they try to insert into current law (while at the same time repealing the current law or provisions of current law).

We are it - folks!

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