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ALEC has a heretofore hidden task force.  It's existence is known only to ALEC members and their closest "affiliates" - and referred to by them simply as the Federal Forum.  A hint of it can be found at ALEC's site listed under "Federal Relations."  Before getting in to the purpose of this task force, what it does and why it has been kept secret by the "Cabal," it is necessary for us to understand the philosophy behind the creation and operation of this "Task Force."  To do that I must take a brief moment and quote below from Eric Heubeck's 2001 treatise, "The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement."  

"It is becoming increasingly clear that we must heed Paul Weyrich's call for a tactical retreat from the fields of political battle--not totally or permanently, but until such time as we can confidently proclaim that traditionalists are a force to be reckoned with in the wider society...

"...We must, as Mr. Weyrich has suggested, develop a network of parallel cultural institutions existing side-by-side with the dominant leftist cultural institutions...

"It must be emphasized that this new movement will not be "disengaged" from the wider society, only "differently engaged." We are, quite simply, replacing political activism with cultural activism as the center of our focus. And while the visibility of the new movement will be less pronounced than the existing (political) conservative movement in the short term, the seeds that we now sow will have dramatic repercussions over the long term. We have the capacity to fundamentally transform the face of American culture in the 21st century by following a different path, one built on the aggressive dissemination of our cultural values, rather than the idle hope that enough of our cultural values still remain in the body of the American people to carry us on to a few more isolated electoral victories.

"We will never stop being engaged in the wider culture. We will not "hunker down" and wait for the storm to blow over. Our strategy will be to bleed this corrupt culture dry. We will pick off the most intelligent and creative individuals in our society, the individuals who help give credibility to the current regime. To do this, we will promote a set of beliefs more compelling than that of our opponents...

"Our movement will be entirely destructive, and entirely constructive. We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. All of our constructive energies will be dedicated to the creation of our own institutions.

"We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment's rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American..."

For those who probably missed the published research report on ALEC's Federal Government and Corrupt Practices VLTP released last November, you should take the time to download and read this comprehensive report.  The full report ties President Bush, VP Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and others directly to ALEC.  You will want to have this report on hand if you have any intention or desire to inform others about ALEC or pursue them as I have.

The following is based upon that research which consumed 24 months of effort.

ALEC's Federal Forum TF is one of the key tools being used to accomplish a primary goal provided in the above treatise - "Weaken and eventually destroy" American institutions and replace them with "their own" institutions.  To accomplish this they have to work from within.

The security mechanisms put in place generations ago to protect the integrity of our many "institutions" (agencies, departments, schools, state and federal legislatures) are all designed to deflect attacks from the outside.  Those on the inside are required to guard against attempted subversion's or changes to our agencies and departments coming from the outside.  Unfortunately when those charged with such internal security are infiltrated by elected, appointed or hired individuals that have a desire to destroy democracy from within, those security measures fail.

In my last diary I informed about ALEC's hidden memberships that include lifetime, foreign and subscription memberships.  With this discovery of life members, foreign officials and sitting Governors taking part in policy and development of model legislation for our individual US states, we discovered the hidden way in which ALEC wields their considerable influence.  Now we delve deeper into the cabal's operations that allow them to transfer those influences from state to federal laws and policies...ALEC's "Tenth" Task Force, the Federal Forum...


Here is a link to the only remaining trace of ALEC's published Federal Forum (2005) document:

FF Cover sheet

With blurbs from prominent ALEC Congressional members:

alumnus statements on ff

and the "Mission" statement adopted by this Federal Forum:

FF Mission statement

This document from 2005 is all that remains.  ALEC scrubbed all links, took down their publicized references to the Federal Forum and has refused to discuss or answer questions about this task force, the initiatives or identify the current or former "co-chairs" of this task force.  In 2005 U.S. Senator George Allen and Congressman Mark Green were co-chairmen of the Federal Forum:

Co-Chair's of 2005 FF

Looking back to 2005 we can clearly see from this policy document what the objectives were for this federal forum.  What continues to hide beyond our research is who has served as co-chairs from 2006 through 2012?  The initiatives they pursued within Congress, the success or failure of those models and policies.

Here is what their priorities for the FF were in 2005, starting with President Bush's initiatives:

Bush Initiatives

then the "resolutions" (which ALEC uses frequently to drive or change policies):

FF Fed Level Resolutions
FF Fed Level Resolutions 2

Here is a list of the ALEC "Alumni" members who were serving in Congress  and tasked with implementing the initiatives of ALEC and President Bush in 2005:

2005 FF alumni 1
2005 FF alumni 2

A full reading of the entire Fed Forum document is beyond enlightening and frightening to those of us who have a desire to maintain our democracy and democratic processes in place and functioning as they have for more than 200 years.  It also answers our questions about how ALEC and the Koch cabal have been able to quickly advance particularly favorable state legislation into the federal arena.

Of particular interest - and as a way of demonstrating the linkage between ALEC and the other cabal organizations and members, pages 19 and 20 have to be read.  On those pages ALEC lists their "State Policy Experts" to be contacted by members with questions on the policies being pursued at the federal level.  These experts are from all the usual suspect stink tanks; Evergreen, Reason, Shook, Hardy and Bacon, the Friedman Foundation, Alliance for School Choice, Competitive Enterprise Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Progress & Freedom Foundation, Tax Foundation, Institute for Health Freedom and the Heritage Foundation.

With nearly 100 members now serving in our House and Senate, the ALEC "Alumnus" represents a large caucus that can be used to push an agenda - or to block the agenda of Democrats and others.  When combined with the Koch bought members who prevailed and were elected in 2010, Koch and their cabal now have over 200 representatives representing their interests in our Congress...out of 535 total members.  We should all be getting extremely worried about the future of our democracy - really worried.

As most of you will now understand, the initiatives of 2005 shown above are still being pursued and argued vigorously in Congress and at the state level; tenth amendment, balanced budget pursuits, patriot act, reverse mortgage act, social security and Medicaid "reforms", eliminating the federal estate tax, immigration enforcement, healthcare and repeal or support of lower taxes (corporate)...its all there in this document...and in Congress being debated in every session.  Fresh in everyone's mind is the battle over increasing the debt ceiling, and the Republicans pushing for a balanced budget amendment in 2011.  Also on our minds is the pursuit of offshore drilling initiatives - and the impact of that due to the Event Horizon oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.  Now, through the lens of the ALEC Federal Forum task force we can see the influence(s) that enabled and continue to pursue these key conservative initiatives from within Congress.

Of interesting note to the creation and development of this task force, is the creator himself and who he is.  A former aide to Congressman John Ashcroft brought along with Ashcroft as he assumed the duties of Attorney General in 2001, was a man named Andrew Schauder.  As more and more of our research reveals, Schauder is in the growing number of the cabal individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations operating out of Wisconsin.  Schauder is listed as a native of Green Bay.

Schauder remained with the AG's office as a senior advisor to Ashcroft through 2005.  He was recruited by ALEC from his post to take over their "Alumni Forum" (created in 2001 with the Bush election) and turn it into the Federal Forum.  Schauder served as the first Director of this task force before moving on to a position with the US DOL under Chao (Mitch McConnell's wife) as Deputy Chief of Staff and Acting Chief of Staff.  Schauder left the DOL to hire on as a lobbyist for Ashcroft's DC lobbying firm.  After a short stint there, he took a key position with American Traffic Solutions, another ALEC member corporation.  ATS and Schauder were in NOLA in 2011 at the ALEC conference pushing for legislation to allow expansion of the traffic surveillance (cameras) initiative used to ticket speeders and traffic violations (for a substantial fee, of course).  Here is Schauder's bio proffered by the Ashcroft Group when he was hired:

Andrew Schauder has 10 years of experience developing and maintaining strategic relationships at the federal, state and local levels to meet the goals of senior government officials as well as private sector companies. Previously, Andrew served as Acting Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Elaine L. Chao. His job included managing and directing policies and programs at the $11 billion cabinet agency that achieved record results in protecting the health, safety, wages, and retirement security of the nation’s workforce. Andrew was a member of the Management Review Board and chaired the grants review team.

Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary, Andrew managed strategic relationships with Department of Labor stakeholders including state and local legislators, governors, mayors and membership organizations as the Senior Intergovernmental Officer.

Before his tenure at DOL, Andrew was the Director of Federal Affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest non-partisan, individual membership organization of state legislators. He created and managed a federal outreach program that increased the visibility and effectiveness of the organization and its members. Andrew built unprecedented levels of participation and engagement between ALEC’s public and private sector members and Congress.

From 2001 to 2005 Andrew served at the U.S. Justice Department as Special Assistant to the Attorney General in various capacities including in the Office of Legal Policy, the Office of Legislative Affairs, and the Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison.
Andrew served on the Ashcroft 2000 Senate campaign focusing on policy and research. From 1999 to 2000 he worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John Ashcroft as a Research Assistant. Andrew joined The Ashcroft Group to be with a familiar team of known, talented professionals whose unique background and experience provides a mission-driven culture that delivers results to its clients.

The positions held, influence wielded helped Schauder develop the Federal Forum so that it was the best venue possible to enable the cabal to quickly and efficiently incorporate their initiatives and agenda directly into our Congress. Additionally, we now know for certain that the cabal think tanks and organization are the "go-to" experts who provide the ALEC lawmakers with faux scientific reports,  talking points, discussion topics, etc.  Reason, Heritage and the other's agenda are brought into both houses and disseminated to other members of Congress through the bought and paid for lawmakers who serve ALEC and Koch...and are proudly listed by ALEC as noted above.

Obviously Schauder was a wise choice and his work is still benefiting ALEC long after he moved on.  Through his travels and work we are able to see how the revolving door works for ALEC and the cabal; they simply move key individuals (in reality lobbyists) in and out of government service where and when it serves their agenda.  With each transition favors are earned, traded and acquired that can be used in the next transition to the benefit of the lobbyists, corporatists and of course, ALEC.

When combined with the membership Exposé referenced and linked to above, there is much cause for concern.  As the wording at ALEC's Federal Relations link provides above, the agenda remains the same - only hidden behind a thick and nearly impenetrable curtain.

We have no idea who the Congressional "Co-Chairs" of the FF Task force is today...the initiatives pursued (though the ongoing battles in Congress provide some insight)...and unfortunately we have less knowledge about which foreign officials may be "helping" push the conservative ALEC/Cabal agenda.  What we do have is a nearly complete listing of the corporations funding this crap.  Nearly thirty corporations, several foundations and dozens of lawmakers have abandoned ALEC but hundreds of each still remain loyal to the cabal.  As we pursue abolishing ALEC we have to pressure those enabling lawmakers, companies and "charities" remaining ALEC members to leave them as well.  Without funding ALEC and the Koch led cabal cannot function.  Without lawmakers to advance the legislation, businesses donating to the lawmakers and a way for lobbyists to meet secretly with lawmakers, ALEC cannot continue to exist.

In the next Exposé we will introduce you to more federal level interference - upon our judiciary from state appellate courts, through the full federal court system right into the SCOTUS.  This comes through ALEC's nefarious (and also hidden from view) "Amicus Project"...

Late breaking and fantastic news...five more large corporations have just announced they have dropped membership and/or affiliation with ALEC; HP, Dell, Best Buy, CVS Caremark and MillerCoors.

Originally posted to Bob Sloan on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 03:37 PM PDT.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project and Earthship Koch.


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  •  National Government is Bad But a National (7+ / 0-)

    corporation to run government at all national, state and local levels with a single integrated policy is good.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 03:50:53 PM PDT

  •  I voted yes (5+ / 0-)
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    but only because your Nov. report sits on my desk top

  •  I Think "Jeffersonian" Means Pre Constitutional. (6+ / 0-)

    Jefferson authored the Declaration and I think was a member of the 2nd Continental Congress that drafted the Articles of Confederation. There's where the concepts of states being "sovereign" with "rights" are found.

    Under the Constitution and all the amendments those concepts don't exist.

    Jefferson at least for a time advocated a "freedom from monopoly" as a basic human right, but I doubt ALEC would endorse that "Jeffersonian principle."

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 04:00:16 PM PDT

    •  I agree. Jefferson's concepts and ideologies have (5+ / 0-)

      been completely re-written by ALEC.  The same way in which conservatives such as Rove now steal another's strengths and turn them against them.

      Jefferson knew a government run properly was not a monopoly, in the true sense.  Today ALEC and the cabal continue to insist that the USPS and other government agencies are exercising "Monopolies" and cutting out private sector competition.  They are using this argument especially regarding the USPS first class and parcel post services, claiming that the UPS and FedEx corporations should have a right to those contracts.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 05:17:45 PM PDT

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  •  I have concerns with this statement here: (4+ / 0-)
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    Our strategy will be to bleed this corrupt culture dry. We will pick off the most intelligent and creative individuals in our society, the individuals who help give credibility to the current regime.
    Who are the "most intelligent and creative individuals in society," exactly, the ones who'd agree with you about the "corrupt culture," and go from there? With few exceptions, your ideology appeals to aging, angry white males. Who are dying out, anyway. Your appeals to the generation coming up are not, shall we say, reeling them in like gangbusters, and this isn't for any lack of trying on your part. You just seem manifestly foolish and tone-deaf to more and more people.

    You've done really well over the past few decades. You bear watching, since you are unfortunately continuing to consolidate your hold on government at all levels, from local to national. The recruitment of new believers, that's going much less well. You may not be directly concerned about this weakness just yet, but please don't think you aren't going to pay a stiff long-term price for it.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 04:32:48 PM PDT

    •  Read Heubeck's entire treatise which is based on (5+ / 0-)

      the ideas of Paul Weyrich, another WISGOP Wisconsinite. Heubeck has several sections detailing their plans for education, youth, and how they plan to recruit the "best and the brightest."  From my perspective, the "Cabal" has implemented much of the Weyrich/Huebeck game-plan.

      The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement.  may be very familiar to long-time Kos members, but I was shocked last summer when I discovered it as I searched for answers trying to explain what Scott Walker and WI ReTHUGlicans had tapped into and unleashed in my state.  I was totally clueless about the under-current in Wisconsin that 30+ years of Koch Bros/Bradley Foundation machinations and subterfuge had cultivated in Wisconsin and the WISGOP.

      It was one of the most jolting, sinister political manifestos that I have read; it still impacts me every time I read it.  It is definitely worth reinforces that these guys will stop at NOTHING to gain the power they desire to impose their ideology on the rest of us.

      Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

      by ranton on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:36:57 PM PDT

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      •  I see you have done your own research and (3+ / 0-)
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        along the way found that horrible manifesto created out of the raging conservativism of Weyrich.

        Many are unaware that Weyrich and Heubeck were responsible for the Free Congress Foundation creation also.  They were closer in work and ideology than most know.  Bad folks for the Left but incredibly important to the far Right.

        So much of this bad stuff originating in Wisconsin...helped along by WISGOP politics over the years.  Dunno why or how it seems to be evolving and launched from there time after time...all the way back to Thompson's reign.

        Looking into the "Legislative Leadership Institute" out of WI. now.  If you get a chance to look into them and their "education" program for lawmakers and military officers, do it.  The entire board of LLI is comprised of ALEC connections and to the UK Atlantic Bridge Charity folks.

        The article based upon the research into that outfit is quickly moving up the list and will become public in a few weeks.

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

        by Bob Sloan on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:55:41 PM PDT

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        •  I think the roots go back farther than Thompson (2+ / 0-)
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          and ALEC.

          You know but many do not that Harry Bradley, along with Fred Koch, was a founding member of the John Birch Society.  His wealth came from the Allen-Bradley Company.  Harry and Lynde Bradley are an interesting read: anti-Communism, anti-federal government/regulation, pro laissez-faire capitalism, anti-affirmative action, and anti-equal work/equal pay.  The founder of the John Birch Society often spoke at Allen-Bradley sales meetings.  Women working in the company sued and won a lawsuit in 1966; and A-B was one of the last Milwaukee manufacturers to racially integrate.

          The Bradley Foundation, which benefited immensely from the sale of the Allen-Bradley Co., has long tentacles into Wisconsin politics and conservative group funding. I had NO clue! It keeps a low profile; few members of the public know that from 2001 to 2009, it funded conservative causes/groups with almost as much money as seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined. But just like the Koch Bros, the Bradley Foundation is having a harder time hiding in the shadows.  It has its tentacles in so much  both in and out of state:

          I will research the Legislative Leadership Institute; but another group worth looking into is the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance:

          Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

          by ranton on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 09:42:14 PM PDT

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          •  The WI TPA is certainly one we've been looking (1+ / 0-)
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            at closely.  With regard to Bradley's, Koch and ALEC, they're all in bed together, for sure.  Nearly everything the Koch's, Olin's and Scaife's are funding, the Bradley Foundation is right there beside them.  They collectively keep many of the ultra right think tanks in business.

            Yes the conservative mantra in WI. goes back beyond Thompson and ALEC...which wasn't formed until '73 and finally incorporated in Chicago in '75...but for some reason the most terrible stuff seems to originate in that state.  Can't put a finger on it, but it's there somewhat like a dark cloud always lingering just above the horizon.

            The Kochs, Bradleys and owners of corp's like Home Depot operate out of WI. (as well as other locales) but for some reason the more devious the operation, the more likely it is to come out of WI.  Go figure...

            Seems to be spreading outward, too; MI., MN., IL., IN. etc.  Good thing the Center for Media and Democracy are there in WI. trying to keep the players names straight for the rest of us.

            "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

            by Bob Sloan on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 10:33:28 PM PDT

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            •  Some have suggested that ethnic roots explain (1+ / 0-)
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              some of the divide that we see in WI and why Conservative ideology has such a strong presence in parts of the state.  The theory is that more conservative areas tend to be places where Germans settled, and the more liberal areas tend to be where Scandinavian immigrants settled.  

              While my area has a mix of Scandinavian and German ancestry, the Germans who settled here were mostly Protestant not Catholic.  The churches they established belong to the most conservative Lutheran synod today while Scandinavian founded churches tend to be in the most liberal Lutheran synod.  The area tends to lean liberal (Obama 08/Barrett 12), but Republicans can win elections if they seem to be moderate conservatives.  

              I find that an intriguing theory, and a look at the settlement patterns of other Northwest Territory states also might help explain their "swing state" status like the divide of the "Yankees" and the "Butternuts."  

              Wisconsin's "ethnic" vote: brats vs. lutefisk:


              Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

              by ranton on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 10:39:00 AM PDT

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          •  Would suggest... (0+ / 0-)

            ... that you look at the activities of Bradley and the GMC (Greater Milwaukee Council) and they work to privitize public assets, in one case the regional airport.

            There are some 57 "state-level" Heritage think-tanks and a total of 90+ depending on who's list you use.

            Look at the work of Frederick Clarkston and his "The Public Eye" reports on the vast structure of these orgs and how they work together. Bob has found other work on this as well.

            As the IRS heat goes up on ALEC, we can apply the same pressure to Bradley (WI) and Mackinac (MI) and host of other stink tanks.

            Your observations are right on, spread you enlightenment.

            For the occasional reluctant tweet

            by Hector Solon on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 04:04:10 AM PDT

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  •  Two words; mission accomplished; democracy has (3+ / 0-)
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    Been drowned because good people sat on their hands instead of taking responsibility.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 04:37:25 PM PDT

  •  As to your poll (2+ / 0-)
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    I wasn't "aware" in the sense of having proof, but it was only logical to presume that the group had an interest in extending their influence - and help in doing so from former state members who had "graduated" to the national scene.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 05:06:55 PM PDT

  •  Well worth downloading and reading. The ending (3+ / 0-)
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    section - commentary on state and federal relations is quite an interesting glimpse into how they think.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 05:14:03 PM PDT

    •  Thanks mrsgoo for your observation and comment. (3+ / 0-)
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      Unfortunately there is much more to come still...I wish it were otherwise.  Trying to lay all this research, documents and facts out so others will have a coherent idea as to the overall activities and end goals.

      Stay tuned to learn about their efforts within our judiciary.  What they're doing there is terrible, dangerous and due to their influence, Justice Robert's decision on the ACA was not only remarkable, but wholly unexpected.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 05:22:11 PM PDT

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      •  Will be looking forward to it. Thank you for your (2+ / 0-)
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        hard work on this issue. The Roberts decision certainly made a lot of heads exlode. My own included - I was waiting for it to be overturned.

        if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

        by mrsgoo on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 05:38:09 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you for this and the many past reading (2+ / 0-)
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    suggestions you have provided.  I have learned a great deal...much of it alarming and unsettling! However, knowledge of the opposition is the first step to effective combat.

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:45:36 PM PDT

  •  So how do we destroy ALEC (4+ / 0-)

    This is the time for liberal moneybags and ideas people to mount a counteroffensive against this evil cabal. We know what they are up to. You have researched them indepth. Now we need to act on the knowledge else we'll watch in horror as they repeal the entire social progress made in the 20th century.

    Our side needs money, lots of it to flood the zone on every level. This is WAR and we better fight tooth and nail else we'll be decimated. Our New Money guys in high tech and alternative energy must realize that if they sit by the sidelines, this regressive ALEC & conservative cabal will stifle all technological innovation just to maintain their kleptocratic grip on our country. It is in the interest of liberal moneybags to fight these dweebs alongside us.

    These are old white men are clinging to power at all cost, including our edge in innovation. This is our country and damn it, they are not gonna pry it from us.

    "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

    by zizi on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 07:46:33 PM PDT

    •  Great and passionate response that identifies the (2+ / 0-)
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      critical need for cooperation and funding to send ALEC and the cabal off into oblivion.

      The first and easiest thing to do is to identify if your representative or Senator at state and federal level is an ALEC member or alum.  At you can find out where your rep stands.  If he/she is affiliated with ALEC, vote their butts out of office...and repeat as often as necessary until the one selected truly represents you and not the corporate money.

      Secondly use your buying habits and purchasing power to isolate those companies staying loyal to ALEC, Koch and the cabal - buy from their competitors when at all possible.

      And lastly - teach subsequent generations to not fall asleep at the wheel as my generation did and allowed this to become so difficult to overcome.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 08:37:30 PM PDT

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    •  Ideally, treat them like the traitors to the (1+ / 0-)
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      republic that they are.

      Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
      Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

      by The Dead Man on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 04:50:00 AM PDT

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    •  Go after ALEC legislators with ethics complaints (3+ / 0-)
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      in 50 states and in Washington.  This draws media attention to ALEC in a way that can't be ignored by the press, such that it is in America these days.  If we can link ALEC influence to legislative corruption, and that should not be very hard, given the mass of evidence that is now in the public record, we citizens should demand accountability from our legislators who are sworn to represent us, not multinational corporations.

      Defeat ALEC legislators at the polls this November.  Throw the corrupt bums out.

      Force ALEC to register as a lobbying organization, subject to lobbying disclosure rules in 50 states and Washington.

      Deny ALEC's 501(c)3 tax exempt status, and claw back the evaded taxes from both ALEC and its corporate members.

      Demand that since legislation is written and debated at ALEC conventions, that legislators attending Task Force meetings must disclose that legislation is being debated and voted upon, and that the open meetings laws of all 50 states are being violated when Task Forces meet, and that both public and media access cannot be denied to Task Force Meetings when State Legislators are present and voting on legislation.  Legislation without public hearings violates sunshine laws of nearly every jurisdiction in America, it violates many state constitutions, it violates many laws.  Why do we let our legislators get away with breaking the very laws they had a hand in writing?

      Demand that any ALEC law introduced in our legislatures be announced as ALEC "Model Legislation", and force disclosure of the private and legislative Task Force members, their economic interests, and who voted for and against the passage at ALEC.

      Initiate a RICO investigation of ALEC as a corrupt organization.

      There are probably more things we can come up with, but ALEC simply cannot stand the light shining on them.  They scatter like Kochroaches when the light hits them.  Shine the light.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 07:05:41 AM PDT

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  •  Great work as always Bob td and rd (1+ / 0-)
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    Working on a at the movie diary about The Internationalist and how funny it is that art is only imitating life.

    Love your work..keep it up.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 08:58:45 PM PDT

  •  As usual, nice article Bob. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 06:42:58 AM PDT

    •  Bob just keeps... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... getting better, smoother, more refined descriptions, clearer narratives, UNBELIEVABLE connections, relationships and content. Primary sources, don't forget that.

      Pushing the envelope, tireless - we need all of that we can get. This is a long-term process, and the stakes are pretty high, maybe as high as they ever have been since America's earliest days - it's about the survival of "Citizen Government", period.

      Some of the best work on ALEC to date (this post being just a small portion thereof), quite frankly.

      For the occasional reluctant tweet

      by Hector Solon on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 04:12:28 AM PDT

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  •  I had to come back (2+ / 0-)
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    and read this today -- too much to wrap my mind around last night!  Thank you for continuing to dig, and expose, and report.  This is crucial stuff -- and frightening.

    If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

    by AnnieJo on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 07:54:03 AM PDT

    •  My apologies to you and all the readers for (1+ / 0-)
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      the length of many of these diaries.  It is very difficult to succinctly identify those involved, their activities and how it impacts us in less space or using fewer words.

      As with this issue - the federal forum task force - we put more than two years into research, FOIA's etc. and what is written is as concise as we could make it.  This is why the next expose on ALEC and the cabal's interference at the federal judicial level will have to be broken up into multiple diaries.

      Thanks for staying in the conversation and fight and taking the time to really read and understand what they're up to and what we're up against.

      Stay tuned for more...(unfortunately) they won't voluntarily quit, so we have to keep exposing them, layer by layer.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 09:47:35 AM PDT

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      •  The in-depth version is important! (1+ / 0-)
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        Creating the in-brief version is the secondary challenge... and an immense mountain to climb, indeed.  But  you need to have the in-depth version to point to as backup to the sound-bite.

        My guess is that people aren't going to want to believe the extent of ALEC's vast depth and audacity.  :-(

        If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

        by AnnieJo on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 04:19:12 AM PDT

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