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They meet in secret.  They write our laws.  And they want us silent.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a controversial organization dedicated to bringing together state legislators, corporate lobbyists, and conservative think thanks to push anti-social legislation.  This spring Professor William Cronon wrote a post on the role this group has played in the coordinated war on the working class that we see playing out in numerous state legislatures, particularly in Wisconsin.  Despite their utter lack of transparency that ALEC operates with, they targeted Professor Cronon's personal life and attacked his livelihood for the light he shown on their activities.

I want to tell you something here, today. Cronon was right. After a bit of research we can now confirm that 14 of the 19 GOP members are ALEC members, and in all likelihood the others were simply better at covering their tracks. Ironically enough, of the 6 GOP Senators under recall, four are among those whose membership we can't confirm. We need your help.

This is about three things: Membership, money, and model legislation.  

Membership

As was explained earlier, it's possible to confirm 14 of the 19 GOP members of the Wisconsin Senate as ALEC members.

The boys up and Wisconsin have been better than many at covering it up.  For example, the House GOP in Indiana were actually dumb enough to post a letter from ALEC that they signed on to on their delegation website.

In Wisconsin, few of the senators have been this sloppy. One of them lists his membership on his legislative website.  Another can't very well cover up that she was an ALEC legislator of the year.

But, for the most part it would be hard to track down membership without groundwork done by the crew at One Wisconsin Now.

See 12 of them actually had the gall to put their ALEC membership fees on the state tab.


Money

This gets us to that money thing.  See the annual fee for state legislators is small, only a $100 charge.  Others pay big money to join up.  As a May 2010 American Association of Justice report noted corporations pay a minimum of $5,000 for a seat at the table.  And that's just to get in the door.  

ALEC revenue is around $7 million annually. Knowing who pays the bills tells an interesting story.

Hmm. It sure looks like this is a corporate lobbying group.  All the more interesting when we know that state legislators are often reimbursed for their costs in attending meetings, up to $1900 a meeting.  So legislators get wined and dined, oh my.

And it's not only that. Unlike the other major state legislative conferences, ALEC makes large donations to state candidates campaigns. Wisconsin isn't much of a story on this, but ask yourself why a strictly educational organization would be giving out campaign donations. Might that influence policy?

And what about those corporate members?  They get to sit down in a closed room and draft model legislation with elected officials under the cloak of education.  Each ALEC task force has a public and private chair.

For example Wisconsin Sen. Leah Vukmir sits on the health and human services task force with Marianne Eterno of the Guarantee Trust Life Insurance.  I wonder if that has any sort of influence on her votes back home in Wisconsin.

Almost certainly.   Here's the real story.  At ALEC meetings model legislation is prepared.  This is basically cut and paste legislation.  We have no idea what the actual text reads, but I have the feeling that we would be shocked if we did.

What we do know from a FOIA request on Sen. Vukmir's state email is that her relationship with ALEC is twisted.

# Early in 2009 Milwaukee Magazine named Leah Vukmir one of the worst legislators in Madison. They largely based this designation on observations made by several fellow Republicans. In July of the same year ALEC conveniently  bestowed upon Vukmir  their so-called "Legislator of the Year" award. Here is an email exchange related to that award. In it we discover that Vukmir sent the ALEC PR person a list of media to contact about the award. She emphasizes that a press release be sent to her local media. Only a few hours later Vukmir gets a big "congratulations!" from an associate editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

# Yet another series of 2009 emails to Leah Vukmir was regarding an ALEC task force meant to fight meaningful health care reform in Congress. Those emails encourage members to sign on to a form letter to Speaker Pelosi. They also tout their PR campaign against HCR, and promote an ALEC drafted state constitutional amendment against HCR. Easily the most revealing email is the one from the ALEC donor relations person. It is about "prospect outreach" and it asks the task force members to call two of the big biz interests that are fully listed in the email.

# To get an even better behind-the-scenes view into the inner-workings of ALEC, there are these emails from an executive in a multinational biopharmaceutical company. It shows us how a bill becomes a law ALEC-style. The executive's title is "Director, State Government Relations". In his email he thanks Vukmir for her help with draft model resolution that he has submitted to ALEC. It involves stem cell science and "cord blood/placenta blood banking and research." He suggests that it provides some cover to legislators that oppose embryonic stem cell research. He also makes it clear that it is an area that his company is "actively engaged in".


Model Legislation

We know that in the 2009 legislative session that 826 pieces of ALEC model legislation were introduced, and 115 passed in state chambers.

The secrecy surrounding ALEC means that it's difficult to know which pieces of model legislation have passed, where, and which corporations sat on the committees that wrote them.  Why lobby when you can just have your lawyers write the bill, and have the legislator cut and paste it into something they are going to pass. And some of America's largest corporations know this.  Here's a list of ALEC's Board of Directors.

The bottom line is that we don't know the content of ALEC model legislation.  We don't know when it's been introduced in state chambers.  And, we don't know who is writing our state laws. We deserve better than this.  And that's where you guys come in.


Exposing ALEC Now

Yesterday, Ohiodem1 suggested that we start asking state legislators about their involvement with ALEC.  The letter template we are suggesting:

Date

Honorable XXXXX XXXXXXX,
Office, District,
Full address,
City, State Zip

Dear Sen (or Rep) XXXXXXX,
It has come to my attention that there is an organization known as The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that has gained enormous power in American politics, specifically at the state level.  This organization is known to work behind the scenes, will not disclose its rank and file membership, will not disclose its funders, and will not disclose the principal product of its work, which is Model Legislation.  I see this as a dangerous practice because such failure to disclose who writes and sponsors legislation in our 50 state capitols is a serious breach of transparency which our laws and constitution demands of all legislators.  Every voter in our state deserves to be advised of who is writing our laws, the interests behind the laws, and whether they favor special interests at the expense of the residents, voters and taxpayers of our state.
•      My first question is; Are you a member of ALEC, yes or no?
•      If Yes, when did you join?
•      Have you ever sponsored, or co-sponsored legislation written or partially written by ALEC?
•      Please identify all ALEC written legislation you have sponsored or co-sponsored.
•      ALEC has a series of conferences and workshops throughout the year.  The next event is the Annual Meeting which is to be held in New Orleans, LA August 3-6, 2011.  Do you intend to attend this event?
•      If you attend this event, will you be traveling at Taxpayer expense, Yes or No?
•      If you will be traveling at ALEC expense, please identify how much this is costing ALEC for your travel, lodging, meals and other considerations (golf outings and the like).
•      If you are not traveling to the New Orleans conference, do you intend to join via teleconference or video link?
•      Please explain how legislation written by Washington DC Lawyers, Washington DC Lobbyists, and Corporate interests, some of which do not do business in our state, represents the interests of the residents, voters and Taxpayers of our state better than legislation written by our elected legislators.
•      If you are a member of ALEC or any other organization which has a hand in writing the laws of our state, please verify that your listing in the legislative website correctly states this affiliation.  Legislative transparency demands this.  I want to know who is writing the laws of my state, and I want to know why outsiders think they know more about our problems than our elected representatives do.

In closing, I am very serious about wanting to know who is writing and influencing the legislation that is enacted in our state.  Please respond seriously.
Sincerely,

Your Name
Address,
email if desired
Phone

Below is a list of WI-SEN GOP by ALEC Membership confirmation status.  

What we're looking for is this.  We need Wisconsin folks to send the letter above to these state senators and see if we can get a response. If you do, you can cut and paste the text of the response here. (With header please!)

To help coordinate, please put the name of the state senator in the subject line and taken in the text. Please post responses in the thread beneath that.  We're more likely to get a  response if we have constituents, or at least WI voters do the contacting.

This is the first of at least a 99 diary series run.  At minimum I want to run 1 diary for each chamber.  And I'm looking for volunteers to help do background research on confirming info for the series. If you are interested please join our Daily Kos group Exposing ALEC.

Exposing ALEC

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 legislation later introduced in state chambers. 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.

Originally posted to ManfromMiddletown on Wed May 25, 2011 at 09:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Exposing ALEC.

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    •  ALEC = dEVIL (4+ / 0-)

      I cut & pasted this article from FightingBob.com (named after the famous WI politician Robert LaFollette) which is a great political blog run by Ed Garvey (another famous Wisconsinite).

      *note from FightingBob site:
      (A version of this article was originally published in The Wisconsinite. Go to The Wisconsinite Web site at www.wisconsinite.net to read part two.)

      Imagine you are a state legislator. You got into politics because you want to do the right thing. There is a budget crunch on, and that means less money and more competition for it. There is a lot going on in your community, and the pressure is on to deliver for your constituents. The legislative session meets only five months out of the year, you do not get much help from aides, and you might even have a second job. Where can you turn for help?

      The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is one place a state legislator can turn. According to the organization, it is "a bipartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who share a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty." In fact, a recent study found that 85 percent of its more than 200 members in "senior leadership positions" are Republicans. ALEC promotes policies such as "free market environmentalism" and the privatization of services like education, prisons and health care.

      Wisconsin's "school choice" programs, among the first in the nation, were staked out early on by ALEC. The Milwaukee program has been making headlines since its inception -- most recently for the use of one voucher school's public monies to purchase luxury cars. The role of ALEC in the history of voucher legislation is not as well known, however.

      School vouchers came of age during the gubernatorial reign of Tommy Thompson. ALEC and the right wing foundations that it partners with -- among them the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation and the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) -- worked to transform the image of voucher programs from a desultory privatization scheme to a "progressive" policy that gives students from low-income families a chance to get a better education.

      "The strongest link [between ALEC and Wisconsin education and welfare policy] comes from ALEC itself, which held out Wisconsin Works and PAVE (People Against a Violent Environment) as models for the rest of the country," said Erin O'Neill of Public Trust Partnership. Public Trust is a nonprofit collaborative of public interest advocacy organizations that seeks to alert citizens to the influence of right-wing and corporate interests in state policymaking. "They have had model legislation on the issue for years."

      Time, like money, is something many state employees lack. ALEC publications and its Web site offer time-crunched, aide-deficient legislators handy information packages that include talking points and research data as ammunition to defend the positions they take.

      "We support legislative members that don't have enough staff," said ALEC Director of Public Affairs Joe Rinzeo. "ALEC is not a lobbying group; it promotes model legislation throughout the states."

      Indeed. ALEC promotes model legislation that advances its mission via nine task forces that mirror state and federal government branches, such as the Health and Human Services Task Force, and the Criminal Justice Task Force. Each is co-chaired by a private sector member and a state legislative member, and they convene several times each year to draft "model legislation" that legislators can introduce in their home states. A new "Terrorism Task Force," currently under construction, will be co-chaired by Wisconsin Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford).

      ALEC also holds member conferences each year. Taxpayers often foot the bill for legislator travel and lodging expenses for these events. They are written off as travel related to legislative duties, as in the cases of Wisconsin ALEC members Sen. Robert Welch (R-Redgranite) and Assembly Rep. Frank Lasee (R-Bellevue). Others make their way to ALEC meetings via "scholarships" paid for by corporate lobbyists or corporate representatives, as reported in state Senator Neal Kedzie's (R-Elkhorn) 2001 financial disclosure statement. According to an ALEC expose titled, "Corporate America's Trojan Horse," coauthored by the National Resources Defense Council and Defenders of Wildlife, this can verge on violations of state ethics laws when corporate interests are paying to meet with particular legislators.

      Tommy Thompson, nicknamed Dr. No due to his opposition to Democratic legislation, once remarked of his ALEC experiences as a state representative that, "myself, I always loved going to these meetings because I always found new ideas. Then I'd take them back to Wisconsin, disguise them a little bit, and declare that 'It's mine.'"

      While legislative and corporate members appear to have equal power in ALEC meetings and bill drafting, they don't pay the same to play. Legislator members pay $50 for a two-year membership and participate in task force duties for free. Corporate members pay $5,000 to $50,000 annually for membership, plus $1500 to $5,000 extra to sit on an ALEC task force. State legislator membership dues rarely account for more than one percent of ALEC annual revenues.

      No model legislation is approved unless agreed to by the task force's corporate members and the ALEC board of directors, also consisting of private and public members. To help legislators to see things their way, the corporate members often pay extra to wine and dine public officials at ALEC conferences and offer industry-funded studies to back their views. ALEC itself also produces research reports on key issues.

      Here's the real kicker: task force corporate members have an undeniable interest in the bills that they craft. For example, the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest private prison organization, sat on ALEC's Criminal Justice Task force when it drafted model legislation for "three strikes" and "minimum sentencing" - laws to keep convicted criminals in prison longer. The private sector co-chair of ALEC's "Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture" task force is a representative for ASARCO Inc., one of world's largest strip mining companies.

      Meanwhile, legislative members often take the studies home to justify introducing model legislation in their state. Sen. Welch recently announced that he believes Wisconsin could be spending less per pupil in Wisconsin schools and achieve the same good results. The figures come from ALEC's Oct. report, "The report on American Education: A state-by-state analysis." Until he announced his candidacy in the 2004 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Welch was ALEC's Wisconsin State Chair and National Director. According to his own financial statements, he received at least $11,000 from ALEC between 1996 and 2002. Sen. Welch did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

      While ALEC may be unfamiliar to many Americans, it's no stranger to the current administration. The organization has hosted a number of distinguished speakers at its conferences, including U.S Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Vice President Dick Cheney and representatives from the American Enterprise Institute, ExxonMobil and the Chlorine Chemical Council. Wisconsin State Rep. Scott Suder, co-chair of ALEC's Criminal Justice Task Force, recently traveled to Washington to meet with President Bush and others to discuss homeland security issues.

      "These are ALEC alumni," said Andrew Gussert, the director of the Madison-based American Legislative Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE). According to him, "they came back to ALEC because it gave them a lot of political and business connections" as they assumed prominent positions. ALICE, an online clearinghouse for environmental and labor friendly policymaking, is one of several groups, including the Public Trust Partnership and the Madison-based State Environmental Resource Center that work to document ALEC influence.

      "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent" "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty" Thomas Jefferson

      by hodag on Wed May 25, 2011 at 10:55:19 AM PDT

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    •  ALEC Article From 'One Wisconsin Now' (4+ / 0-)

      Despite Claims ‘We’re Broke,’ Nine Senate Republicans Forced Taxpayers to Pay For Their ALEC Membership This Year, 12 Total Have Current Membership Paid for by Taxpayers

      Madison -- Twelve current Wisconsin Republican state Senators have forced taxpayers to finance their private membership in the corporate special interest group, the American Legislative Exchange Council, according to documents obtained through an open records request by One Wisconsin Now. The list includes nine Senate Republicans who had taxpayers finance their ALEC memberships this year at the same time they were voting to strip collective bargaining rights from Wisconsin workers and planning drastic cuts to education, health care and public services, claiming the state is in fiscal crisis.

      “Senators like Dan Kapanke and Alberta Darling claim the state is broke, but they use our tax dollars to pay for their private membership in a corporate special interest group,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “The American Legislative Exchange Council is nothing more than a corporate propaganda machine and Kapanke, Darling and the other 10 Senate Republicans should immediate return the taxpayers’ money and apologize for this improper use of our tax dollars.”

      ALEC was founded nearly 40 years ago to create pro-corporate legislation at the expense of the middle class. Among the many corporate and conservative interests to finance the group is the Koch Foundation and Milwaukee’s Bradley Foundation. All 23 members of its public board are identified Republicans and 71 of its 73 state legislative chairs are Republicans. [ALEC website; Media Matters Conservative Transparency]

      According to records obtained by One Wisconsin Now through an open records request with the Senate Chief Clerk’s office, the following current Republican Senators have used taxpayer dollars to pay for the memberships in ALEC:

      Senator    Amount    Date    Membership
      Expires
      Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse)    $100    2/1/2011    2013
      Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin)    $100    2/1/2011    2013
      Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls)    $100    2/1/2011    2013
      Van Wanggaard (R-Racine)    $100    2/1/2011    2013
      Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee)    $100    2/1/2011    2013
      Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)    $100    1/1/2011    2013
      Pam Galloway (R-Wausau)    $100    1/1/2011    2013
      Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend)    $100    1/1/2011    2013
      Frank Lasee (R-No Address Listed)    $200    1/1/2011    2015
      Alberta Darling (R-River Hills)    $200    1/1/2009    2013
      Mike Ellis (R-Neenah)    $100    1/1/2009    2011
      Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn)    $200    3/1/2008    2012
      Mike Ellis (R-Neenah)    $100    1/1/2007    N/A
      Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)    $200    1/1/2007    N/A
      [Wisconsin Senate Chief Clerk]

      Not only have Senate Republicans spent tax dollars on ALEC memberships, but also there are substantial ties between ALEC and Gov. Scott Walker, as well as the Republican Assembly Majority. Walker has served previously as a speaker at ALEC, Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald was appointed Wisconsin Chair of ALEC in 2008 and Republican Assembly Joint Finance Chair Robin Vos is current Wisconsin ALEC chair. [ALEC website; Fond du Lac Reporter, 12/28/08]

      “From attacking workers’ rights, to privatizing public schools, to fighting against affordable health care, ALEC’s fingerprints are all over Walker and Senate and Assembly Republicans’ pro-corporate agenda,” said Ross. “And thanks to the Senate Republicans, ALEC has its fingerprints on our tax dollars.”

      Other legislation generated from ALEC’s pro-corporate mission also advanced by Wisconsin’s Republicans includes the so-called TABOR plan to defund local schools and governments, dismantling of corporate accountability and pro-prison industry legislation. [ALEC, 1/27/11; Wisconsin State Journal, 7/12/04]

      “It is unconscionable Republicans are gutting public education by $1.7 billion, cutting health care and raising taxes by $51 million on the working poor to hand out hundreds of millions of dollars in special interest corporate tax breaks,” said Ross. “But it is outrageous to have taxpayers pay the tab so that one of the nation’s most powerful corporate special interests can have privileged access to Dan Kapanke, Alberta Darling and Republican state Senators. It may not be a fortune, but it is appalling hypocrisy by the Senate Republicans and in the end will cost the middle class its chance at the American Dream.”

      One Wisconsin Now also noted that according to the IRS, in 2009, ALEC had revenues of $6.27 million and expenses of $6.61 million. In 2008, ALEC had revenues of $6.98 million and expenses of $7.44 million. This means, the group, which says on its State Budget Reform page that, “states face structural deficits created by overspending,” spent more than it raised the last two years records are available for the group. [ALEC website; Guidestar.org]

      "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent" "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty" Thomas Jefferson

      by hodag on Wed May 25, 2011 at 11:45:16 AM PDT

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  •  A secret organization wanting to destroy democracy (3+ / 0-)
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    liz dexic, Pinto Pony, Ohiodem1

    One word matches that - terrorists.

    The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? William Butler Yeats

    by deepsouthdoug on Wed May 25, 2011 at 09:19:03 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for this work... nt (4+ / 0-)
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    AnnieJo, 3goldens, liz dexic, Ohiodem1
  •  0h, yes... tipped, rec'd and republished (5+ / 0-)

    to Badger State Progressive.

  •  Darling and Kapanke are both ALEC members, as (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, Ohiodem1

    provided here.  Can't find anything on the others as yet, but I've sent you several links to information on ALEC that I have dug up over the years, via email this morning.

    "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

    by Bob Sloan on Wed May 25, 2011 at 10:24:04 AM PDT

  •  great diary thx n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Ohiodem1

    Standard Human Value: Health Care is a Basic Human Necessity. ~ ~ Government assistance decreases poverty the "Live & Let Die" policies of the GASOILPARTY cuts government assistance because they see no value in decreasing poverty.

    by anyname on Wed May 25, 2011 at 12:16:33 PM PDT

  •  ManFromMiddletown, I will do Ohio House (4+ / 0-)
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    Bob Sloan, Hector Solon, M Montroy, dkmich

    and Senate next week.  I am traveling this week and not near any resources.  This is a very fine idea, and as usual, you turn an idea into action very quickly and effectively.

    We talked about getting a Kos group together, and voila! in less than 24 hours, you founded the group.  Yesterday, you proposed doing state by state diaries, and, Voila! the very next day, you put this excellent Wisconsin diary together.  2 days ago, you proposed a real 501(C)4 group to take up the fight with funding from varied sources.  I'm sure that will take a bit longer, and I know you are working on other projects with what has to be a higher priority, but I am so very impressed by your efforts.

    I also know you helped get the ball rolling for the April ALEC protest that started from nothing and in 30 days, a fine demonstration, the very first against an ALEC conference was held on Fountain Square in Cincinnati.  You and the organizers really went all out on that one, and I think it shook ALEC to its core.  New Orleans will be bigger buy Cincinnati planted the seed.

    Congratulations and thank you for your very outstanding work.  If I could Rec this diary 10 times, I would do it.

    For those who know of the work of John Boyd, and his work Destruction and Creation, we are on ALEC's six, and are going to destroy their effectiveness as an organization before they can fully react to us because we are in the position to Observe, Orient, Decide and Act, or his famous ODDA Loop.

    We have initiated an attack on ALEC in 50 states, in hundreds of newspapers, in dozens, or hundreds of blogs, with dozens, leading to hundreds of researchers, demonstrations, in effect, attacks from more sides and more sources every day, exposing their flanks, their weaknesses, causing confusion, disorentation, disorganization and chaos, death of their evil organization.

    I think Professor Cronon started it, perhaps inadvertently, and given the ferocity and force of the radical Republcan response on Dr. Cronon, its attempt to shut down Dr. Cronon through abuse of FOIA and outright intimidation, 10,000 points of protest, acknowledgement of its existence, and a strong determination to shut down this factory of reactionary and anti-democratic legislation has arisen, and the level of protest, information, disclosure of funding, disclosure of members, disclosure of corporate members, their lawyers, their lobbyists and the like is sure to reduce the effectiveness of ALEC, and will move ALEC toward irrelevance as the players won't be able to stand the heat and light.

    So, ALEC, in the 7 weeks or so before you meet in New Olleans August 3-6, there will be hundreds of blog posts, hundreds of uncomplementary articles in newspapers large and small from Miami to Seattle, from Lewiston to Las Angeles, all showing your shameful and cynical approach to buying our state legislatures.  It is our intention to uncover you, identify the bad works you do, and finally make you irrelevant and broke because your funders will be forced to abandon your.

    I may recommend to our group that we start a series on ALEC Corporate funders and their state by state legislative agenda, as a correlary to our state by state effort do disclose your membership.

    Does our group members have any input or thoughts on the last paragraph?

    And finally, I will reiterate ManFromMiddletown's call for new members from our Expose ALEC group.  We are all about disruption of ALEC from as many fronts as possible, as frequently as possible.

    We also want to do strategic thinking about how ALEC will respond to a threat, and how we can exploit that response to expose another flank, then attack it.  We intend to make ALEC and its funders first a bit squirmy, then miserable.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Wed May 25, 2011 at 02:48:28 PM PDT

  •  Beautifully done! (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for your excellent research and suggestions. Will be following this closely! Oh, and I do know that Rep.Bernier is an ALEC member - she told me so.

  •  OMG! I can't believe I finally found this! (1+ / 0-)
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    Ohiodem1

    Just for you, just now
    Just for this post.

    WALKER was an ALEC Member

    Proof is here.
    Page 31

    •  Yepper...I wrote about Walker, Kasich, LePage, (0+ / 0-)

      Boehner and Cantor in a Diary earlier this year when he started the Labor furor.  Info about their ALEC alum status is hard to come by in some instances.  If they're so proud of their relationship...why do they try so hard to keep it quiet?

      Been sending a lot of ALEC research to Manfrommiddletown and bfealk...if you want I can put your addy in the loop?

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Thu May 26, 2011 at 09:46:08 PM PDT

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