Is this what you call a coordinated PR counter-offensive?

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2012 (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- Ron Scheberle, Executive Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), issued the following statement today [...]

"First, the people now attacking ALEC and its members are the same people who have always pushed for big-government solutions. Our support for free markets and limited government stands in stark contrast to their state-dependent utopia.  [...]

"Second, ALEC is one of America's premier ideas laboratories when it comes to advocating free market reforms. [...] We work to promote the Freedom of Choice in Health Care initiative against ObamaCare's individual mandate. We support fair tax policies and tort reform. This is an all-out intimidation campaign designed to promote government-based solutions rather than the free-market principles that we have seen work.

"Finally, now more than ever, America needs organizations like ALEC to foster the discussion and debate of policy differences in an open, transparent way and not fall back on bullying, intimidation and threats."

Statement by ALEC in Response to the Outpouring of Support in Wake of Intimidation Campaign Against Its Members

--by American Legislative Exchange Council, prnewswire.com -- April 12, 2012

But wait there's more ...

Letter:  ALEC's contributions worthwhile

The Detroit News -- April 12, 2012 at 1:00 am

To the contrary, the public should be afraid of ALEC's critics, who are part of a well-funded effort led by radical organizations to undermine the American system of free enterprise and to score political points that threaten jobs, economic competitiveness and efforts to put more Americans back to work.

Michigan has seen this first-hand in Gov. Rick Snyder. In his first year in office, he balanced the budget ahead of schedule. He overhauled the state tax code by eliminating the unfair Michigan Business Tax, replacing it with a flat corporate income tax of 6 percent.

Fostering the exchange of these kinds of pro-growth, solutions-oriented ideas is precisely why ALEC exists.

It's also precisely why there's an army of special interest activists up in arms. They know that ALEC's work in promoting and passing resolutions to rein in Obamacare is a threat to their greatest cause.

The Detroit News, Opinion, Editorials

by Kaitlin Buss, Director of Communications, American Legislative Exchange Council, Washington, D.C.


I'll leave the commentary, to you -- that "well-funded" "army of special interest activists" trained in "bullying, intimidation and threats" all to promote your cherished "state-dependent utopia" ... and of course your socialist "Obamacare!"

Remember "America needs ALEC" ... at least according to those who's job it is to promote ALEC

... and sell us that notion, with Editorials precisely scheduled to post at 1:00 am.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 06:59 PM PDT.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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