[Local_activists] ALEC 4
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The ALEC Scorecard Updated Daily!
See who quit ALEC, & thank them. See whos still
funding ALEC, & tell them its time to quit!
Meet the 28 Lawmakers Who Have Quit ALEC This Month
EXPOSED: Politicians Defending Corporate Front
Group ALEC Get Money From Its
Another reason to support ALEC - share many of
same corporate donors. Analysis of lawmakers & donors they share.
On the News With Thom Hartmann: Open-Government
Group Files IRS Complaint Against ALEC, and More
Common Cause filed IRS complaint against ALEC,
accusing Koch-brother think-tank of posing as
tax-exempt non-profit while engaging in
widespread lobbying. Calling IRS to audit ALEC &
force organization to pay penalties & back taxes.
A Fight Bigger Than ALEC
Exit ALEC movement must go beyond group to
confront damage it has done. Voter ID laws hve
created a lot of damage, particularly blacks,
Latinos & other groups. The Nation teamed up with
Colorlines.com to cast vigilant eye on
anti-democratic efforts. Need to replace voter
suppression laws with voter engagement laws.
No Shortage of Shadowy Special Interest Groups to Fill ALEC's Role video
Rachel Maddow reports on the recent, scandalous
history of the National Center for Public Policy,
expected to step into the void as ALEC moves away from writing voter ID laws.
Takes a while to get to this.
New York Times - Conservative Nonprofit Acts as a Stealth Business Lobbyist
Published searing exposé of ALEC detailing how it
masquerades as tax-exempt charity while co-opting
government to serve corporate special interests.
Right-Wing Group Will Take Up Voter Suppression Effort Dropped by ALEC
National Center for Public Policy Research
stepping into breach ALEC left when disbanded
voter suppression arm. Having many people vote
dangerous to GOP. Someone must be in charge of
returning nation to Jim Crow days.
ALEC Retreats, the Right Wing Freaks
ALEC Dir of External Relations Caitlyn Korb
appealed to Heritage Foundation for help while
prepping very aggressive campaign to spread word
about what we do. Will launch website called I
Stand with ALEC. Coalition-building & outreach
spearheaded by Americans for Tax Reform. Rarely
do activists get satisfaction of seeing union
busters or environmental despoilers testify to
campaigns effectiveness. Were getting
absolutely killed in social media venues, Twitter, Facebook,
NRA Awards Scott Walker for Pushing Concealed
Guns and the ALEC-related "Castle Doctrine" (Shoot First) Laws
Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch Defends ALEC on FOX
Wisconsin's Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch on Fox
News,' "Fox & Friends" defending ALEC &
discussing historic nature of upcoming recall
elections. Both facing recall elections June 5.
Fox's Bill O'Reilly Defends ALEC Against Supposed "Fascism"
Louisianas Republican State Chairman Of ALEC
Resigns From The Organization
Rep. Greg Cromer (R), ALECs State Chairman in
LA, decided to resign. Meetings that occurred in
state, in capitol, related to public policy, that
he should have been aware of if not present at
meetings. Not invited, not aware they occurred until well after the fact.
South Carolina ALEC Member Literally Exempted
ALEC From State Lobbying And Ethics Laws
ALEC is plotting to take down state renewable energy targets
2 conservative political organizations stepping
up coordinated efforts to repeal state-level
renewable energy targets. ALEC may start
crafting laws designed to kill or weaken state
targets for renewable electricity, heating, &
fuels. Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, & other
energy companies paid membership fees to help
write legislation repealing carbon pollution
reduction programs. Will this continue??
Exclusive: Washington Posts Kaplan and Other
For-Profit Colleges Joined ALEC, Controversial Special Interest Lobby
Kaplan for-profit college division & other
for-profit education companies joined ALEC.
For-profit colleges ultimate special interest,
receive 90% of revenue from federal financial
aid, $30 billion a year, & charge students
sky-high prices. Have high dropouts rates, dismal
job placement, & caught engaging in highly
coercive & deceptive recruiting practices. When
bad actions publicly exposed, used enormous
resources from expensive lobbyists & consultants.
Using ALEC Playbook, Bobby Jindal Radically Reshapes Public Education
Bobby Jindal transformed public education in LA &
education advocates have deep concerns about who's going to benefit.
ALEC Wants You To Pay 750 Percent More For High-Speed Internet
Take public high-speed broadband Internet.
Wilson, North Carolina, decided it would
create own broadband system, which offered
speeds twice as fast as private competitors for
similar price. Other cities began offering
this. But state legislators, receiving $600,000
in contributions from telecom industry, reacted
to services by undercutting them with bill making
it practically impossible for cities to provide fundamental service.
Michigan's Emergency Manager Laws Are Dismantling
Democracy from Within with ALEC-branded Shock Doctrine
ALEC and ExxonMobil Push Loopholes in Fracking Chemical Disclosure Rules
ALECs Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regulations Passes the House
Breaking Up With ALEC Is Hard to Do for Johnson & Johnson
Procter & Gamble 13th major firm to drop
membership in ALEC, few corporations publicly
confirm loyalty. Johnson & Johnson is one, likes
templates making it more difficult for people to
hold corporations accountable when products
injure or kill child, partner, parent.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Leaves ALEC
Former ALEC Chairman Responds To Criticism With Homophobic Slur
In GA - legislators defended ALEC
membership. Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R), former
national chairman of ALEC, lashed out at Bryan
Long, exec dir of organization: Mr. Long
doesnt like free speech, advocacy for anything
other than what he wants. Majority of citizens in
this county & state going to agree with ALEC. Im
not afraid of some Occupy pansy
Five Pennsylvania Legislators Leave ALEC
A grassroots campaign by Keystone Progress to
encourage Pennsylvania legislators to publicly
reject membership in the American Legislative
Exchange Council (ALEC) is already yielding
dividends. Five former members of the shadowy
right-wing front group behind state laws
restricting access to the ballot & stand your
ground gun laws have already said they have left
ALEC. One of those, State Sen. John Pippy (R), is
the former ALEC Pennsylvania state chair.
Nationally, thirteen companies have announced
they have severed ties with the stealth business
lobbyist organization. Zaid Jilani reports 28
lawmakers nationwide have quit ALEC this month.
For-Profit Education Firm Kaplan is 14th Company to Dump ALEC
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