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August 17, 2011 by Todd Myers
A new, left-wing group called ALEC Exposed has popped up taking aim at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) noting that the organization brings legislators from across the country together to, surprise, exchange ideas about legislation. ALEC Exposed is also unhappy that businesses have a seat at the table during discussions.

Free-market think tanks also have a seat at ALEC's table. For instance, I sit on the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, a committee that offers ideas about how to harness free-market ideas to improve environmental sustainability. I don't agree with everything that comes out of the committee (I was one of only two "no" votes on a recent proposal before the committee), but there are several effective ideas discussed and formalized.

So desperate is Center for Media and Democracy, the group behind ALEC Exposed, to attack the group, it is clear they have decided that thinking (and proof reading) only slows their efforts to hatchet ALEC.

The Washington Policy Center bills itself as an "independent, non-partisan" think tank promoting sound public policy based on "free-market" solutions.

While adherents to the "free-market" ideology are primarily Republican, there are a a few Democratic defectors among prominent Republicans:

"Time and again I’ve turned to the experts at Washington Policy Center, who bring forward powerful ideas that are well reasoned and thoroughly researched. That’s what makes them such a great partner for me and for many leaders and policymakers in our state." - Rob McKenna, Washington State Attorney General (Republican, currently running for the WA State governorship.)

 "Washington Policy Center plays a very significant role in forging public policy in Washington State." - Brian Sonntag, Washington State Auditor (Democrat, retiring from office, fortunately.)

 "I know my office, and in particular the Legislative Committee on Economic Development, which I chair, have found your research from you Small Business Project very beneficial in developing our priorities to assist small businesses with economic development." - Brad Owen, Washington State Lieutenant Governor (Democrat who pulled off a number of anti-Democratic actions recently.)

"It is very refreshing to see my concerns as a small business owner reflected in your work. [You have] put the interests of small business on the radar." - Maralyn Chase, Washington State Senate (D-Edmonds) 32nd LD

Originally posted to Karen Hedwig Backman on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Exposing ALEC.

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  •  and ... ? (1+ / 0-)
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    white blitz

    So, what are your thoughts on ALEC? And ALEC Exposed? What, in fact, is your point?

    I don't mean to be harsh. I really don't understand what this diary is about. Nor does the title make any sense to me.

    All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

    by subtropolis on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 11:06:41 AM PDT

  •  Nice catch on this article (3+ / 0-)

    It shows that they are keeping an eye on what is being published - and they are trying to make it look like "we" don't know all the connections.

    And the Washington Policy and ALEC are hooked at the navel.

    This guy admits being on the Environment Committee.

    Jason Mercier [Washington Policy Center] is the director of the Center for Government Reform. He serves on the Executive Committee of ALEC's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force

    To improve the transparency of state and local taxation, the Seattle-based Washington Policy Center (WPC) sponsored model language at ALEC’s 2008 States and Nation Policy Summit.

    Liv Finne is Director of Washington Policy Center’s Center for Education. Liv represents WPC on ALEC’s Education Task Force.

    Carl Gipson is the director of Washington Policy Center’s Technology and Telecommunications Project and member of ALEC’s Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force.

    Little incestual relationship here and he's making it sound so innocent  - he probably got a bonus for writing this.

    Good catch! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.  Helped to being out more and more connections.

    •  Thanks, MNDem999 (1+ / 0-)
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      For this additional info. I'm not an outstanding researcher and I probably would never have come across this.

      I would imagine that virtually every state has an ALEC-related organization like the Washington Policy Center. The problem is, how to scope it out.

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