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Posted by Justin Jeffre
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is “the right’s premier ideas factory”. They are a fascist anti-Big Government lobbying group that ironically likes to get subsidized by taxpayers and is increasingly being exposed thanks to one local rabble rouser.
They are one of the main corporate funded-and apparently taxpayer funded-think tanks behind much of the crappy corporate legislation that has been pooping up (sorry, couldn’t help myself) all around the nation. They have been referred to as “the most powerful lobby you’ve never heard of” and for good reason.
This largely unknown yet powerful lobbying group is very well funded and well connected. Many of our legislators are members that help push their draconian corporate policies on to the public which really has no input in shaping them. Some of the very corporations that fund ALEC also coincidently fund the campaigns of these legislators. But what else would you expect from the best “democracy” money can buy?
According to this,
ALEC claims that state assemblies enacted more than 450 pieces of its “model legislation” in the 1999 and 2000 legislative sessions. And as the pace of state legislating continues to quicken, so too will legislators’ needs for precooked bills. “State battles are more difficult to fight but in a way more essential,” asserts Andy Gussert, national director of the State Environmental Resource Center. “Major activity at the state level has significantly increased in the last 10 to 15 years.”
They were first confronted by protestors from across the country that oppose their anti-worker, anti-consumer and anti-human rights agenda right here in Cincinnati this summer. They will be confronted once again this weekend in New Orleans. And people and good government groups like Common Cause are paying closer attention to their efforts at transforming America by rolling back the New Deal and Great Society victories of the past century.
The word corporation doesn’t appear in the constitution which may be why we aren’t using it anymore. But the American people still want a government of, for and by the people not of, for and by the corporations. Wake up America!
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