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This is some information and an announcement about the ALEC National Spring Summit in OKC next Thursday and Friday, May 2 & 3.

The national ALEC summit in OKC is where the ALEC state legislators and ALEC corporate members (mostly registered lobbyists) will be approving the newest batch of nastiness, aka "ALEC model legislation".

When it comes to the new ALEC legislation:
    The corporations have a voice and a vote.
    The state legislators also have a voice and a vote.
I've often wondered who votes first - the corporations or the legislators.
Since ALEC meetings are not open to the general public and everything they do is secret - we really don't know.

Considering that ALEC corporations provide the money - known as scholarships - for ALEC state legislators to attend the meetings, if the corporations do vote first, then the legislators probably just fall in line and do what their scholarship $$ tell them they were supposed to do - support the corporations who paid for their trip.

After the ALEC corporations and ALEC state legislators approve the new batch of "ALEC model legislation" in their "task force meetings' - then the "ALEC model legislation" will be passed on to their Board of Directors for review and approval as official pro-corporate ALEC policy between now and the ALEC Annual meeting  - where they will officially endorse the ALEC "model legislation" - as upcoming legislation that can be introduced in your state..

As I documented in an earlier diary - most of the legislation presented at ALEC meetings is written and sponsored by ALEC corporate members - both for profit and nonprofit, or by ALEC trade association members.  Very little of the legislation is written by ALEC legislative members.

The AFL-CIO and the Teamsters are having a rally against ALEC on May 2.
I hope those of you who are in the area, can add your voice and boots to the ground for this effort.

It would also be nice if there were additional rallies - during the day - but I have not found any notices of daytime actions in OKC for the ALEC summit.

If you are not familiar with ALEC (you should be) - please see the following DKos comment for links that will be of assistance to you in learning about the nasty right-wing extremism known as the American Legislative Exchange Council..

For those of you who will be in OKC - making your voice heard against ALEC.

As Thom Hartmann would say:
Good on You!
Have fun!
Hope you make the news (in a good way, of course).

Originally posted to MNDem999 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:18 AM PDT.

Also republished by Oklahoma Roundup and American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  Thanks for this diary (6+ / 0-)

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    Also, I republished this to the Oklahoma Roundup.

    Oklahoma: birthplace of Kate Barnard, W. Rogers, W. Guthrie, Bill Moyers & Eliz. Warren. Home to proud progressive agitators since before statehood. Current political climate a mere passing dust cloud; we're waiting it out & planning for clearer days.

    by peacearena on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:28:41 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the information. (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, oldpotsmuggler, MNDem999

    I think you outline the most likely process for how their model legislation is developed with the corporatist interests dictating to the legislative footmen.  Perhaps they may survey to get an idea if any issues are likely to problematic is a number of states and similar imput.

    I'm fairly certain that there is a focus on sources of donations to the patriot members from various organizations.  I'm also fairly certain that many legislators who aren't official members support the proposals pretty much down the line and are also supported for their support.

    I dread to think about the next onslaught of proposals.

    “April is the cruellest month, breeding/ Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/ Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain." T.S. Eliot

    by blueoasis on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:18:31 AM PDT


    protest these meetings--tell your legislators that you disapprove of their attending--and of their membership.  

    Paint your legislators with the ALEC paintbrush from now until 2014:

    By continuing to support ALEC:

       your legislators are supporting financial de-regulation

        your legislators are supporting privatization of government

       your legislators are supporting the elimination of unions

        your legislators are supporting the elimination of the minimum wage

        your legislators are supporting climate denial legislation

      your legislators are supporting Voter ID

     your legislators are supporting Kill at Will

    If your legislators deny they are supporting this legislation, ask them why they PAY TO JOIN ALEC.

  •  I was present outside the SLC session last year, (1+ / 0-)
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    but I wish I could say that great things came out of our effort. Still, the attendees and the media definitely knew that we were there.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 02:20:13 PM PDT

    •  Your presence was was a present to the country .. (1+ / 0-)
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      It doesn't matter to me if it's five people or 100 people rallying outside an ALEC meeting.   Your actions helped to bring these Kochsuckers into the sunlight and that is what is important.  

      Way too many people don't know about ALEC - if we can have one additional person ask "Who is ALEC" - and that question eventually gets answered - we are winning and that's what your presence did last year.

      Your actions are what can help us heal this nation from the horrendous power of ALEC  - and I am very grateful that you were there.  Thank you so much!!!

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