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  •  Follow the campaign contributions! (12+ / 0-)

    I listened to the Terry Gross interview today with author at the Nation describing ALEC.  Interesting story, but he only scratched the surface of what must be hidden.

    The story must be much bigger.

    One thing I've learned working with MBAs and corporate types is that they're not going to put in a dollar unless they're prepared to get a payback. And they're going to make sure it's not merely sponsoring a session, it will be follow through and even payback if their marching orders are not followed to the script.

    The ALEC "model legislation" does them no good if there aren't legislators there who will pass it into state law.  So there must be campaign contributions to back up the spare change they spend to sponsor legislation.

    Don't look for any of the legislators to talk about this - it's illegal to write legislation as a quid pro quo.

    So look to cut outs or hidden groups who are related. Heck, look to the Citizens United front groups who remain anonymous.  I would think they're in up to their noses.

    •  The story is still evolving and there may well be (9+ / 0-)

      more scandal and corruption on the horizon.

      ALEC's By Laws, Article X, section 10.03 requires the state public sector chair (legislator) to work with the Private sector chair (corporate) in each of the 50 states to secure donations to pay for the trips to the "events".  The money is all turned over to ALEC "to hold" and when the event is over, the legislators apply for "reimbursement" of their travel expenses...ALEC cuts them a check out of the money raised - and there is absolutely no disclosure who donated the money originally.

      the other part of section 10.03 specifically says the state chairman will "ensure that model legislation is introduced" in his/her state General Assembly.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 11:25:15 PM PDT

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    •  I caught the tail end of that show, (5+ / 0-)

      which featured an interview with the director of ALEC. He was this affable Southern gentleman from Louisiana, just tickled pink to be able to converse with T.Gross about this important matter.

      Without being prompted, he said something like,

      Some people see corporations as the enemy. They aren't the enemy; they're our friends!

      ... and left the matter of corporate intentions pretty much at that.

      He was absolutely certain that no one would find anything incriminating in the materials released to the public on ALEC. I wanted to scream out to him: your entire shindig is corruption embodied!

      He also insisted that there was plenty of transparency in ALEC's doings; that when any ALEC-written bill is put up before the public, then people will have plenty of time to deliberate.

      But we know how that works. There are mechanisms to push to cloture on a vote; there are huge swaths of the legislation that can be tacked on in committee. To say that the process is "transparent" just because it briefly rubs elbows with public debate is disingenuous in the extreme.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 06:33:07 AM PDT

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