They meet in secret. They write our laws. They want us silent. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a conservative organization designed to bring together state legislators and corporate representatives to craft corporate friendly legislation later introduced in state chambers by this Shadow Government. We feel that the least the public is owed in a democracy is transparency. That's why we are shining a light on ALEC. On its legislative members, its corporate sponsors, and its anti-social agenda.
Today many of the legislative efforts taking place within our state Assemblies are written by corporate lobbyists or attorneys. These proposed state laws have been vetted and tweaked within the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) - http://www.alec.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&Template=/Templates/TemplateHomepage/ALEC_1502_20070319T102535_LayoutHomePage.cfm.
ALEC is a 501 (c)(3) exempt non-profit that describes their organization as bipartisan. However, ALEC is composed of all Conservatives - predominantly Republicans with a sprinkling of a handful of Conservative Democrats.They claim their purpose is: "Teaching" or "Training" state Legislators about creating and proposing legislation at the state level.
ALEC boasts that their membership includes fully 1/3 of all state Legislators in the United States. Their Alumni include; Newt Gingrich, House Speaker, John Boehner, House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, Governor's Kasich of Ohio, Walker of Wisconsin and former Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin.
Corporate ALEC members represent companies such as: Monsanto, GlaxoSmithKline, PhaRMA, Johnson and Johnson, Kraft Foods, Pfizer, AT&T, Peabody Energy, Koch Industries, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil and the American Bail Coalition.
Today proposed state legislation regarding: collective bargaining, school vouchers, Voter ID, Repealing Healthcare, Abortions, Illegal immigration and several other initiatives, are Bills that were written by those corporate members of ALEC, presented to our Legislative members and carried back here to our states by them and presented as proposed laws. Historically, 20% of ALEC proposed "Model Legislation" is passed and becomes law in the states presented.
We ask that if you are not a member of ALEC that you challenge all legislation proposed by fellow legislators who are ALEC members. We ask that you demand to know if any legislation - or parts therein - proposed by ALEC members is based upon that organization's Model Legislation Acts or Initiatives. If such proposed legislation is found to be that written by ALEC, we ask that you demand that fact be made a part of the legislative record of the Bill(s).
If you are a member of ALEC, we ask that you GET OUT OF ALEC NOW! Democracy is to be transparent with laws governing the people of Indiana be written by our Representatives here in our state and that such legislation not be the handiwork of corporations, submitted to our Assembly by those seeking profits or exploitation of our taxes or our freedoms.
Join us in Exposing ALEC at: http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Exposing%20ALEC and help us put transparency back into our state's legislative processes and procedures,
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