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ALEC in Pennsylvania - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ALEC in PENNSYLVANIA

According to Keystone Progress, when politicians say their state is “open for business,” they usually mean that it is business-friendly. In the case of much of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly leadership, they mean it literally. They are members of a secretive organization that links conservative lawmakers and corporate power brokers, called the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC.

ALEC’s corporate members draft “model” legislation behind closed doors and then give it to their legislative allies to introduce and hopefully pass. It is legislation that is drafted for the sole purpose of favorably affecting the corporate bottom line at the expense of our democracy.

ALEC is behind the efforts in Pennsylvania to pass bills that strip away union rights, scale back child labor laws, attack the regulation power of environmental agencies, suppress voter rights with strict identification requirements, eliminate the social safety net, and privatize public services. They not only have written the bills, but are frequently invited to testify on behalf of those bills once they are introduced in Pennsylvania. This model of spoon feeding legislators is a corruption of representative, open government and is an abrogation of duty on the part of our elected legislators.

For additional information on what is happening in Pennsylvania and for a list of legislators that are members of ALEC, click on the link below.

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what is ALEC? - Thursday, February 26, 2015

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WHAT IS ALEC?

ALEC is not a lobby.  It is not a front group.  It is much more powerful than that.  Through the secretive meetings of the the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on 'model bills' to change our rights that often benefit the corporations' bottom line at public expense.  ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on 'task forces' to advance their legislative wish lists and can get a tax break for donations, effectively passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers. 

 

Participating legislators then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the country as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations - without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.

 

More than 98% of ALEC's revenue come from sources other than legislative dues, such as corporations, corporate trade groups, and corporate foundations.  Each corporate member pays an annual fee of between $7000 and $25,000 a year, and if a corporation participates in any of the nine task forces, additional fees apply.  ALEC also receives direct grants from corporations and grants from some of the biggest foundations funded by corporate CEO's in the country, such as the Koch family Charles G. Koch foundation.

 

An example of how corporations benefit is Connections Academy, a large online education corporation and co-chair of the Education Task Force, benefits from ALEC measures to privatize public education and promote private on-line schools.

 For more information on 'What is ALEC?', click on the link.

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New Disturbing Information About ALEC - Thursday, February 12, 2015

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American City County Exchange

Now ALEC is looking to take its blueprint for influence over statewide lawmaking and drill it down to the local level. It has already quietly set up, and is making plans for the public launch of, an offshoot called the American City County Exchange (ACCE) that will target policymakers from “villages, towns, cities and counties”.

The new organization will offer corporate America a direct conduit into the policy making process of city councils and municipalities. Lobbyists acting on behalf of major businesses will be able to propose resolutions and argue for new profit-enhancing legislation in front of elected city officials, who will then return to their council chambers and seek to implement the proposals.

For more information, click on the link.



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buycott app - Thursday, February 12, 2015

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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT ALEC AND THE KOCH BROTHERS ?

One interesting and kind of fun thing we can do is install the Buycott app on our smartphones.  On this app, you can choose what causes you want to participate in and what groups, corporations or products you want to boycott.  For example you can choose to boycott Koch Industries products, ALEC Corporations products, and many unhealthy or dangerous ingredients found in the food we eat or products we use.  Once the app is installed on your phone,  you scan the barcode and it will tell you if the product is supporting or conflicting with any of your campaigns.  Its easy to use.  For more information, go to buycott.com.