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Performing our civic duty to stay vigilant, informed, and engaged in protecting our Republic from corruption and extraction by a collusion of profiteering interests known as ALEC
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Under Siege, Wis. Gov. Walker Faces Defeats, Blunders—and Looming Recall

Under Siege, Wis. Gov. Walker Faces Defeats, Blunders—and Looming Recall | CP ALEC Intervention | Scoop.it

by ROGER BYBEE, In These Times


"Early last year, The New York Times reported that Walker and Republican majorities in the Wisconsin legislature were ramming through radical anti-public-sector union legislation—much of it drawn from the corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council—at “warp speed.” In March, lawmakers passed a law eliminating virtually all collective bargaining rights for public workers.

 

But as this year’s legislative session draws to a close, and a recall election looms, Walker's political future is far from certain. His remarkable losing streak during the last few months is a product of court rulings and massive public outcry against his policies and agenda." [MORE]

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Does Your Elected Representative Answer to ALEC Instead of to the Voters? Not Sure? Check the List!

Does Your Elected Representative Answer to ALEC Instead of to the Voters?  Not Sure?  Check the List! | CP ALEC Intervention | Scoop.it

From ALECexposed.org:


ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) They fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at ALECexposed.org.


CLICK HERE (and scroll way down) for a partial list of politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. It also includes politicians who have been featured speakers or who have accepted awards at ALEC meetings. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)


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The People vs. A.L.E.C. speech by Dillon Culbreth of Creston, NC

Dillon Culbreth is one of the curators of CP ALEC Intervention.  His remarks above were made on Oct. 29, 2011 in Washington, DC as part of a marathon open-mic event called Citizens Intervention, hosted by Coffee Party USA.

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Voter ID: the anti-democracy movement's weapon of choice

Excerpt from piece by KEVIN POWELL, The Guardian, UK


...This is also why organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), must be exposed. Since its founding in the early 1980s, ALEC has very quietly played a major role in American legislation, including dramatic changes to voter laws. Much of ALEC's base is Republican or conservative, and mostly white, and much of its funding comes from corporations, corporate trade groups and corporation foundations. ALEC has, in turn, pushed bills it wants to see in place, state by state. Little wonder that when we hear the clarion cry "We want our country back", it is really coded language to say, "we want an America where not everyone has access to the ballot, or the American dream. Just as was the case in the years before the civil rights movement.

 

This is why it is such a huge mistake for any leader to refer to what is happening as "voter suppression". We need to continually call it what it is: anti-democracy. Because only anti-democracy forces would go to such lengths to make voting that difficult for that many, especially when the Department of Justice has stated, very clearly, that voter fraud is not rampant in our society. And we need to challenge it from every angle, including voter registration and education drives. [MORE]

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Cantor Quietly Admits to Failing to Report $1,350 Gift from Shadowy Corporate Lobbying Syndicate, ALEC

Cantor Quietly Admits to Failing to Report $1,350 Gift from Shadowy Corporate Lobbying Syndicate, ALEC | CP ALEC Intervention | Scoop.it

by NICK SURGEY, Common Blog/Common Cause


In February, Common Cause wrote to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, asking for an explanation about an apparently unreported $1,350 gift from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in 2009. Cantor’s office immediately responded, claiming our inquiry was without foundation, but last week his office quietly amended his financial disclosures to include the gift from ALEC.

At that time, I wrote about Cantor’s failure to disclose:


‘ALEC, the so-called “free market, small government” lobby group underwritten by some of the nation’s largest corporations, reported in its tax filings for 2008 and 2009, making “cash grants” to the recipients of several annual awards. Common Cause has identified 22 legislators who received ALEC awards in those two years, including Rep. Cantor, who ALEC records indicate received $1,350 in 2009 as part of their Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award.’


Cantor responded within hours, saying no cash changed hands, but that he received a bust of Thomas Jefferson from ALEC, pictured above. But, under House Ethics Rules this type of award can only be received by a Member of Congress if it is disclosed, which Cantor did not do. This appears to be a clear ethics violation, and we have asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate. Prompted by Common Cause, Cantor has now very quietly amended his 2009 Financial Disclosure Report to include the ALEC gift. He also amended his 2010 report to include another bust given to him by the Associated Builders and Contractors trade group. We had no idea about this second award, but now we do.


Cantor’s relationship with ALEC really does matter. They are a highly prominent lobby group, with a clear and unambiguous agenda to advance their corporate funders' interests, which includes advocating for Congressional action. So they actively seek the ear of leading politicians like Cantor, hoping that he will go to bat for them (and their corporate clients) in Congress. Of course Cantor knows why ALEC courts him, and although I am positive he would say he listens to all sides before making policy decisions, ultimately only an informed electorate can decide how much influence ALEC has on elected officials—which is why these public disclosures are so important! [MORE]

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Interview w/ Filmmaker/Visionary Robert Rodriguez - SXSW 2012

Interview by SHIRA LAZAR, Entrepreneur.com

 

How are you planning to disrupt the TV space?
If you launch a network like everyone else has a network that doesn't make sense. You need to get content that no one else is providing. We can, because 2nd and 3rd generation Hispanic Americans is the biggest and fastest minority group in the country. It's like "Desperado TV." You don't watch Desperado or Machete because they're Latin, you watch them because they're cool movies to check out. El Rey will be made up of shows by people from all over the country who wouldn't typically get into Hollywood. Hollywood wants to own everything. I don't want to own anything. I don't want people just to make content, I want to empower and teach them to create content they own that they can exploit in any medium.

 

How big of a role with social media play in your next generation network?
Social media is a must for El Rey [Network]. The median age of U.S. citizens is about 37 years old, while U.S.-based Hispanics, as a whole, are much younger. Plus, they're over indexed in social media, and they spend a trillion dollars a year. And even though there are 500 networks, not one of them is talking to them. A TV network sounds so traditional, but what it really starts as is a lifestyle brand. You're talking about a youth that's very dissatisfied and not only is social media a place that reflects the identity of a culture, it shapes it.

 

What advice would you offer entrepreneurs?
Don't look at all at what other people are doing. Think of what you're doing as completely fresh because if you imitate you're dead. It's about creating an idea that doesn't exist now.

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Immigrants For Sale

A quick primer on private prisons, the legislative process to fill them, and how ALEC has worked to help their corporate members make BILLIONS in yearly profits...

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Join the ALEC Intervention

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CLICK HERE to sign up and be invited to take action to raise awareness about the intrusion of ALEC on the right of the American People to self-governance. '


Or, another way to help out: comb the web for content about ALEC and then hit the "sugggest" button above to help us curate this page.

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Occupy’s new target: Corporations Writing Their Agendas into State Law

Occupy’s new target: Corporations Writing Their Agendas into State Law | CP ALEC Intervention | Scoop.it

by BROOK JARVIS, Yes! Magazine


Remember Wisconsin’s union-busting Budget Repair Bill, the one that brought hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of Madison—and was then partially reproduced in Ohio and other states? What about Arizona’s SB-1070, the “show-me-your-papers” bill that prompted national boycotts of the state, but was quickly copied by Alabama, Georgia, and Utah?


It’s no accident that these bills—as well as a wave of state-level legislation to target reproductive rights, to privatize schools, or to create barriers to vote—spread as widely or as quickly as they did. They were all helped along by the American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC, a group that brings state legislators from around the country together to draft and share model legislation.


But it’s not just state legislators who are involved: some of the U.S.’s largest corporations, which pay up to $25,000 to join ALEC—also have seats at the table.

Unsurprisingly, bills that trace their origins to ALEC have major benefits for the corporations that help draft them, whether it’s the prison industry supporting draconian immigration laws that increase prison populations or other industries promoting their own deregulation. At the same time, they often have devastating effects on the states that pass them (Alabama's version of the "show-me-your-papers" law, for example, may end up costing the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs).


ALEC is far from the only way that wealthy corporate interests corrupt our political system, but, thanks to a lot of recent investigative work, it’s become one of the most visible. It’s little surprise, therefore, that the Occupy movement has focused its attention on the group. Today, Occupy groups in 80 cities held rallies calling out ALEC’s role in helping corporations write their agendas into state laws. [MORE]


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Daily Kos: ALEC - The Medicare Experiment

Daily Kos: ALEC - The Medicare Experiment | CP ALEC Intervention | Scoop.it

While we are busy trying to find members of the American Legislative Exchange Council and trying to catch ALEC legislation before it gets implemented, ALEC has moved on to their next area of US destruction – their federalism focus. To put it bluntly and in ALEC’s words from their 2011 publication EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck: Strategies for State Legislators:

 

Reclaiming State Sovereignty
With the growing threat of overbearing federal authority in a several areas, legislators are looking to new strategies to push back against the Leviathan and reassert Tenth Amendment authority. ALEC’s recent “Restore the Balance” initiative offers a series of model bills and proposed constitutional amendments to emphasize state powers.8 From interstate compacts to the so-called Madison Amendment, available tools have been thoroughly discussed

 

The topic for this diary was brought to my attention by an excellent diary by Kossack War on Error that I strongly recommend you read – it’s short and to the point and gives you the background for where I am about to go.

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Voter ID: the anti-democracy movement's weapon of choice

Voter ID: the anti-democracy movement's weapon of choice | CP ALEC Intervention | Scoop.it

Whatever the claims, voter fraud is almost non-existent. The real problem is the regressive forces promoting discriminatory laws


Excerpt from piece by KEVIN POWELL, The Guardian, UK


...This is also why organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), must be exposed. Since its founding in the early 1980s, ALEC has very quietly played a major role in American legislation, including dramatic changes to voter laws. Much of ALEC's base is Republican or conservative, and mostly white, and much of its funding comes from corporations, corporate trade groups and corporation foundations. ALEC has, in turn, pushed bills it wants to see in place, state by state. Little wonder that when we hear the clarion cry "We want our country back", it is really coded language to say, "we want an America where not everyone has access to the ballot, or the American dream. Just as was the case in the years before the civil rights movement.

 

This is why it is such a huge mistake for any leader to refer to what is happening as "voter suppression". We need to continually call it what it is: anti-democracy. Because only anti-democracy forces would go to such lengths to make voting that difficult for that many, especially when the Department of Justice has stated, very clearly, that voter fraud is not rampant in our society. And we need to challenge it from every angle, including voter registration and education drives. [MORE]


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