Skip to main content is the last day of the ALEC Annual meeting.  The Kiddie Kongress has sufficiently indoctrinated the next generation of ALEC-ers, the cigars have been smoked, the liberal journalists have been kicked around, the protestors have protested (yeah!),  and the model legislation has been approved (and from what I've read) or vetoed by the Corporations of the American Legislative Exchange Council.  This nasty organization - that claims there is nothing secretive about it - has again completed one of their secret protocol trainings in black ops and advanced techniques on how to destroy American democracy.

Now it's back to business for ALEC staffers - planning the late November States and Nation Summit (an ALEC brainwashing event for new legislators) which - for the first time in many years, is not being held in DC, but in Phoenix (well, Hello Mr. Pearce!).  Now it's back to business for ALEC protestors - making plans to be in Phoenix (I hope to be there).

Now it's back to business in the states. We've seen what ALEC "business as usual" has done in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Arizona.

And right now Oklahoma is “living in a powder keg and giving off sparks”  (Bonnie Tyler).  It may be the next state to blow - unless Oklahomans take action.

We will never know all the members of ALEC from any particular state - cause they are sneaky little bastards and don't readily acknowledge their membership to ALEC. Most don't want to be publicly connected to an organization that subverts American democracy - but they still choose to be associated with ALEC and do ALEC's dirty work (the ALEC pay must be really good, someday that will probably come out also, I imagine).  But that's not the point - everybody wanted a list - they were clamoring for a list - "we need to know who is associated with ALEC" - we need a list.  Well the lists are out there - but (as I have said in many diairies previous to this one) - a list means absolutely nothing, nothing!  It is the action plan that is put together that makes the difference and creates change.

When I was doing my research on ALEC  - I actually spent a sleepless night, sleepless in Minnesota - thinking about Oklahoma - worrying about Oklahoma.

And here's why.

The following people have been connected to ALEC through ALEC documentation, the Oklahoma Almanac, or gave ALEC some money as reported at the Oklahoma ethics webpage.

Governor  --  Mary Fallin
Lt. Governor  --  Todd Lamb
Attorney General  --  E Scott Pruit
Secretary of State  --  Glenn Coffee   
State Treasurer  --  Ken Miller
Sen. Pres. Pro Tem  --  Bob Bingman
Majority Floor Leader  --  Mike Schulz
House Speaker  --  Kris Steele
Speaker Pro Tempore  --  Jeff Hickman

Director OK Dept of Human Services  --  Howard Hendricks

Pretty impressive lineup, eh?  Rivals any of the other states that have already blown an ALEC gasket and screwed their citizens in the name of ALEC privatization and non-existent government.

BUT - it doesn't end there.

Then you have the members of the US Congress from Oklahoma.

Oklahoma has 7 representatives in the US Congress
Of those 7 at least 5 or 71% have been listed as ALEC Alumni by ALEC.

Dan Boren   
Tom Cole   
James Inhofe   
Frank Lucas   
John Sullivan   

In the Oklahoma Senate and House you have the following people who have either signed an ALEC lettter that specifically stated, "The 167 undersigned members from 41 states are state legislators who chose" or gave ALEC some money as reported on the Oklahoma ethics webpage, or were identified by ALEC in an article or through the Oklahoma Almanac or acknowledged their ALEC affiliation on their state webpage bio (which by the way is NOT the norm).

Lets take a look at the Oklahoma Senate
32 of 48 or 66% of Senate is Republican
Of the 32 Republicans at least 14 or 44% have some type of link to ALEC
Of the 16 Democrats at least 1 or 6% has some type of link to ALEC
Of the total 48 members of the Senate 31% have some type of link to ALEC

Cliff Aldridge (R) ; Brian Bingman (R); Cliff Branan (R) ; Bill Brown (R); Brian Crain (R) ; John Ford (R); David Holt (R) ; Rob Johnson (R) ; Clark  Jolley (R) ; Bryce Marlatt (R) ; David Myers (R) ; Jonathan Nichols (R) ; Jim Reynolds (R) ; Andrew Rice (D) ; Mike Schulz (R)

Then we go to the Oklahoma House
69 of 100 House Members or 69% of Senate is Republican
Of the 69 Republicans at least 25 or 36% have some type of link to ALEC
Of the 31 Democrats at least 3 or 10% have some type of link to  ALEC
Of the total 100 members of the house 28 or 28% have some type of link to ALEC (those 4 dems in OK senate and house need a come to Jesus meeting)

Banz, Gary W.; Billy, Lisa J.; Blackwell, Gus; Denney, Lee; Dorman, Joe; Hickman, Jeffrey W.; Jackson, Mike; Kern, Sally; Kirby, Dan; Liebmann, Guy; Martin, Scott; Martin, Steve; McCullough, Mark; McNiel, Skye; Newell, Tom; Ownbey, Pat; Peters, Ron; Peterson, Pam; Reynolds, Mike; Ritze, Mike; Sanders, Mike; Schwartz, Colby; Shumate, Jabar; Steele, Kris; Sullivan, Daniel; Tibbs, Sue; Watson, Weldon; Williams, Cory T.

And then............. you have this host of folks, either past or present, who have been "outed" by ALEC, or in the Oklahoma Almanac or by the Oklahoma ethics page for giving money to ALEC - sitting on the sidelines waiting to do ALEC's work either by being elected or appointed to a public office. These folks don't really belong anywhere yet - but some of them want to - so you have to keep your eyes on them at all time.

Brogdon Randy; Case Bill; Dunlap Jim; Hiett Todd; Ingmire Terry; Istook Ernest; Jett Shane; Johnson Mike; Jones Tad; Liotta Mark; Miller Doug; Morgan Fred; Nance John; Newport  Jim; Price Bruce; Smith Hopper; Taylor Stratton; Thompson Mike; Vaughn Ray; Winchester Susan

So what????
Oklahoma is “living in a powder keg and giving off sparks” !

Oklahoma - it's time to put your action plan together.
Its your state and it needs to be your action plan.
Some ideas might be -

Study the legislation on ALEC Exposed – Compare it to legislation introduced by the people noted above, then write letters to the editor – post entries on your blog, send emails to friends about it.

Create a coalition of like minded organizations to put together candidate pools to run against these people with links to ALEC.

Have new candidates sign a NO ALEC pledge – that they do not currently belong and will not ever belong to ALEC and that applies to all their staff members also.  They will not be associated with ALEC in any way or means. They will never support ALEC model legislation brought to the floor.

Protest at the capital – tell your officials you want ALEC out of your state.

Read this document or this document or this document or this series of articles and include the links in your blog entries about the legislation, include them in emails to friends or print them and hand them out to everyone and anyone.  You don't have to be "the expert" - just use these documents to tell others about the devastation ALEC is causing to our democracy.

Read the entries on the Daily Kos group, Exposing ALEC - to keep up with the action plans that others are putting together and for more things that you can do.

Good luck Oklahoma - I have faith in you.
You can purge your state of this blight on democracy and save your state!
I know you can - no more sleepless nights for me!

Originally posted to MNDem999 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 07:33 AM PDT.

Also republished by Oklahoma Roundup, Exposing ALEC, and Community Spotlight.

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  •  Billionaire Kochroaches Buying Okie Government (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Ckntfld, jolux

    It's teabagger heaven in Oklahoma so ALEC is welcome by the majority in that James Inhofe and Tom Coburn loving state.

    Too bad that GOD's messages fall on deaf ears in Oklahoma because GOD's just going to have to send them louder and more frequently in the form of drought, fire, and destructive tornadoes.

    (Republicans can't be Christians because they are philosphically incompatible --------
    Republicans are authoritarians who love money, preach social and economic advantage for the rich and privileged, and worship at the Altar of GREED & Selfishness, while Jesus questioned authority, associated with prostitutes and thieves, and preached social and economic justice for the poor and disenfranchised.)

    •  Oklahomans deserve a good life... (3+ / 0-)
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      magicsister, elwior, jolux

      I hope you are being snarky when you wrote  this.

      There are good people in Oklahoma that want to make their state the best it can be.

      Each state is going to need support from all of us while they try to clean out their state legislatures, over the next two elections, of this infestation of ALEC indoctrinated legislators.

    •  Recc'd for this line: (5+ / 0-)
      (Republicans can't be Christians because they are philosphically incompatible --------

       So true.

        Jesus said: What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?

        As you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 02:26:22 PM PDT

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  •  So- (4+ / 0-)
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    MNDem999, magicsister, elwior, jolux

    ALEC will be gutting Oklahoma next.


    "Power is a fleeting thing. One day your souls will be required of you." Bishop Peter Storey---Central Methodist Mission, Johannesburg, June 1981

    by lyvwyr101 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 11:52:57 AM PDT

    •  I really hope that is not so (5+ / 0-)
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      lyvwyr101, elwior, ballerina X, jolux, marina

      I think that Oklahomans will see the threat and be proactive and see what is happening, before it is too late.

      That's our only hope going forward is to stop ALEC - as quickly as we can from doing any more damage.


      •  If I sounded flip- (6+ / 0-)

        I didn't mean to.

        What is the most terrifying about ALEC is the fact that what we're actually dealing with is a "mentality".

         And it's a bad one.

        We can turn a spotlight on ALEC and alert everyone to what they're doing-and remove from positions of power-everyone who is linked to ALEC-but-what we really need to unseat is the mentality that actually makes people support candidates and officials who are absolutely-postively-against their best interests.

        It is sad and scary that there are people who are willing to go down with the ship-and apparently they feel qualified to make that decision for me-as well.

        The greater good?

        More like the greater bad-and they know it-but still they continue their support.

        There is no ideology in the world I like enough to justify destroying lives.

        What can their possible excuse be?

        "Power is a fleeting thing. One day your souls will be required of you." Bishop Peter Storey---Central Methodist Mission, Johannesburg, June 1981

        by lyvwyr101 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 12:55:51 PM PDT

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        •  Like you, I can't figure out (4+ / 0-)
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          lyvwyr101, elwior, ballerina X, marina

          why they are doing what they are doing - it makes no sense to me.  I struggle with how they can rationalize, in any way, ALEC's existence and actions.   You are absolutely correct - they've drank some kind of miserable kool-aid that has disrupted their rational thought process.

          Being a public servant - use to be just that - and I believe that you and I really want to believe it is so and it's hard to comprehend why - why  they doing this - to us and others and to the US.

          Your last line I think epitomizes the whole thing - they have no reason or excuse - just am irrational  belief in ALEC.

          It's by turning the volume up on them - and not being quiet - that hopefully we can make a difference.

        •  That spotlight was on them in New Orleans (6+ / 0-)

          this week as the National meeting was protested for the first time by some of the same people and organizers who joined forces with the local New Orleans organizers.

          The Cincinnati protest against the ALEC Spring Summit was the first ever protest against an ALEC event, and now we have New Orleans.  Liberal and progressive media were denied access to the event and several were treated very rudely by ALEC, and its security people.  There have already been articles on that, and there will be diaries here after the folks return home.

          The ALEC folks did very unconvincing press releases of the "don't watch the man behind the curtain" variety.  They really don't like the truth being told about them, they really don't like people knowing what they do or how they do it, and diaries like this do both.  It identifies its legislative members, it identifies its corporate members, and I know that if MNDem999 says it, it is because the information was found in original source documents, and this leaves no wiggle room for ALEC or its members.

          At the heart of the efforts of our group is to identify ALEC members, publicize each and every time ALEC legislation or parts of ALEC legislation is introduced in any state legislature (they sneak in little bits and pieces in budget bills and omnibus bills of all kinds, usually as undebated late amendments), and we seek public disclousre of the fact of ALEC content, we seek public disclosure of the Task Force members, Corporate and Public, and we seek public disclosure of the economic benefit that will accrue to ALEC Corporate members at the expense of the citizens of the state who elected the ALEC legislative members.

          Full public disclosure will go a long way to weakening ALEC, and will lead to the legislative defeat of first its bills, and then those legislators who demonstrate that they do not act in the interest of their consituients, but their corporate masters.

          That's all we want.

          Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

          by Ohiodem1 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 02:19:04 PM PDT

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    •  Koch brothers (0+ / 0-)

      burying their daddies past track record in the Oklahoma oil patch. Sort of like Bush Jr sealing all presidential papers to protect his daddies sordid? record.

  •  Um, you're a little late (5+ / 0-)
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    MNDem999, elwior, Ckntfld, deha, marina

    You're right- Oklahomans deserve a good life, but the state's been tilting farther and farther right for years. Have you noticed the legislation the OK legislature has been passing the past 5 years or so? All the connections to ALEC are no coincidence. They passed HB 1804 years before Arizona's SB 1070, anti-abortion laws left and right...and no one's paid attention.

    Talk to the state Dem leaders in the House and Senate (Scott Inman and Andrew Rice, respectively) and they'll tell you Oklahoma was Tea Party before the Tea Party was a thing. OK has been doing ALEC's bidding before state legislators from swing states jumped in. The SPLC's "Dirty Dozen" of state legislators has a number of OK lawmakers on it. You've got groups like the Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs with deep ties to the Heritage Foundation and a bloated sense of self-importance as they work diligently to deconstruct the public sector in Oklahoma (with a particular focus on public education). Those of us who study and pay attention to OK (my home state and subject of my dissertation) have known this for a long time...welcome to the party. We have our work cut out of us.

    •  Thanks for the insight... (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, deha

      very appreciated.

      And it does sound like you have your work cut out for you - but as I said in my closing of the diary - I have faith in the people of Oklahoma to do the right thing and based on your passion - I am sure that you will.

      Thanks so much for sharing this information - its very important for all to know -  and taking the time to stop and write the comment.

  •  Republished to Exposing ALEC (3+ / 0-)
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    MNDem999, elwior, politik

    at 4:55 PM EDT.

    As usual, good diary with lots of reliable research results.  Your research and effort over many months is appreciated by myself and others in our community.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 01:55:32 PM PDT

  •  Some times all you have to do is (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Thanks for this great diary MNDem! (1+ / 0-)
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    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 02:59:54 PM PDT

  •  Your ALEC... (2+ / 0-)
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    MNDem999, marina


    National Chairman
    Rep. Noble Ellington, Louisiana

    First Vice Chairman
    Second Vice Chairman

    Rep. Dave Frizzell, Indiana
    Rep. John Piscopo, Connecticut

    Rep. Linda Upmeyer, Iowa
    Rep. Liston Barfield, South Carolina

    Immediate Past Chairman

    Rep. Tom Craddick, Texas
    Board Members

    Sen. Curt Bramble, Utah

    Sen. Michael Lamoureux, Arkansas

    Rep. Harold Brubaker, North Carolina

    Rep. Steve McDaniel, Tennessee

    Sen. Jim Buck, Indiana

    Sen. Ray Merrick, Kansas

    Sen. Kent Cravens, New Mexico

    Sen. Dean Rhoads, Nevada

    Rep. Jim Ellington, Mississippi

    Sen. Chip Rogers, Georgia

    Sen. Billy Hewes III, Mississippi

    Sen. William Seitz, Ohio

    Spkr. Bill Howell, Virginia

    Rep. Curry Todd, Tennessee

    Sen. Owen Johnson, New York

    Sen. Susan Wagle, Kansas


    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

    by wyvern on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 03:41:56 PM PDT

  •  Don't have too much faith in us (1+ / 0-)
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    After all, we do keep sending Inhofe, Coburn, and Cole to Washington.  :(

    Thanks for the diary. Good work!

  •  Oh, crap (2+ / 0-)
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    deha, MNDem999

    ... from Tulsa.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    We're not ready for this.

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

    by RJDixon74135 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 06:25:45 PM PDT

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