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What do you think when you hear the name ALEC (short for, as you probably already know, American Legislative Exchange Council)?

This monster that lies in shadows describes itself this way:

A nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.

Here’s what they really are: a loose alliance of reactionary legislators from every state, who gather create odious model legislation — templates, if you will — for legislators across the country to introduce and pass, if they can find enough sheep to follow them.

Among their greatest legislative achievements (and I use the term “greatest” ironically) is the rash of “Stand Your Ground” laws being enacted across the country. These laws revive the Old West mentality of “shoot first, ask questions later) — and the resulting carnage among often innocent victims is a small price to pay to keep the coffers of the gun manufacturers filled.

But if you think this all-consuming task would keep them too busy to turn their ghoulish eyes toward the solar industry, you’d be dead wrong.

Any organization that has Exxon Mobil, the Koch Bros. (owners of the largest privately held oil company in the world), and Peabody Energy (a coal company) as members isn’t going to stand around and let solar destroy their patrons’ businesses.

So we get the Orwellian “Electricity Freedom Act,” a sample piece of legislation that argues Renewable Energy Standards (RES) are a “tax” on grid-users. If that sounds familiar, it’s because these arguments have already been used by traditional utilities trying to protect their publicly financed monopolies in Arizona and Colorado. Thanks, ALEC.

Then we have “The Market-Power Renewables Act.” Despite the fact that solar has created more than 140,000 permanent jobs, ALEC and its minions call it a job destroyer. It creates a byzantine system to regulate the trading of renewable energy credits (RECs), with the goal of eliminating the RPS entirely 11 years hence.

Here’s the tell, however, that ALEC has no intention of actually protecting consumers and is only interested in increasing its patrons’ profits: The law exempts utilities from public scrutiny of their revenues from REC sales because it’s obviously outside their “revenue earned as part of a utility’s regulated operations.”

ALEC should just plaster this motto all over their renewable energy legislation, because it all has the same goal: Screw the consumers. Protect the utilities and their state-ensured profits.

Let me blunt: ALEC is a shadowy organization that does not have to let you know who backs them financially (thanks, Citizens United). That’s why it’s incumbent on us — all of us — to monitor what they’re doing. When they come to your state to destroy your livelihood, you need to sound the alarm as loudly as possible.

This is not a conflict for the faint-of-heart. The only way to win is to hold the people ALEC owns in your state accountable. Don’t let them take away what you’ve worked so hard to build.

This is your fight. The only way you lose is if you refuse to engage. The choice is in your hands — don’t let ALEC make it for you.

Originally posted to The Solar Revolution Is Coming! on Fri May 09, 2014 at 08:10 AM PDT.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  i love these (4+ / 0-)

    boobs who are telling florida that they don't get enough sunshine to make solar energy cost effective.  i would laugh like a hyena except that some of the locals there seem to be just about gullible enough to believe these lying sacks of slime.  if we let alec stop solar investment, then there is no one else to blame but ourselves.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Fri May 09, 2014 at 08:42:52 AM PDT

  •  They already have made North Carolina their.... (4+ / 0-)

    "trophy state" thanks to the bought and paid for "Tiny" Thom Tillis that now wants to win the senate seat away from Senator Kay Hagen.  Along with the Koch brothers and our very own "mini me" Koch, Art Pope, this state will take at least till 2020 to hopefully break the grip of the Tea Bag/Republican Tar Heel Taliban grip.  

    That's if the citizens of NC go to the polls and not forget what happened in 2010 when they didn't show up, and the TP zealots took over the state house, senate, and governorship in a redistricting year.......

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Fri May 09, 2014 at 08:43:32 AM PDT

  •  ALEC (1+ / 0-)
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    ALEC is shadowy because they have strong ties with the military intelligence community, going all the way back to it's origins. Former Gerald Ford Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was the business chair (and main voice) for ALEC back in the 80's:

    Donald H. Rumsfeld

    6th Chief of Staff: August 9, 1974 – November 19, 1975
    13th Secretary of Defense: November 20, 1975 to January 20, 1977

    In 1974, Rumsfeld was asked to serve as transition chairman for President Ford. He also served as White House Chief of Staff from 1974-75. Rumsfeld was appointed by President Ford in 1975 as the youngest Secretary of Defense to date. In 1977, Rumsfeld was awarded the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Prior to joining the administration he served three terms in the House of Representatives from Illinois (1962-69). He held numerous appointments in the Nixon administration, including U.S. Ambassador to NATO.

    After serving President Ford he returned to business. He also served on various advisory groups and government commissions. Rumsfeld later served as the 21st Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001-2006.

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Fri May 09, 2014 at 09:16:13 AM PDT

  •  Republished to American Legislative Transparency (3+ / 0-)

    Project blog.

    This diary hits the nail on the head about what ALEC is about, and it is about making its sponsor businesses and lobbyist's business more profitable at everyone else's expense.

    What part of creating competitive advantages for ALEC Member Corporations has anything at all to do with "Free Markets"?

    What part of buying government to benefit their narrow interests has anything to do with "limited government"?

    What part of trying to make the Federal Government irrelevant by advancing state laws intended to nullify federal legislation (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for one) has anything to do with Federalism?

    What part of working for 40 years to deny an American consumer or one harmed by reckless corporations their day in court has anything to do with "Individual Freedom"?

    What part of creating a massive private prison system, writing "throw away the key to the prison" legislation has anything to do with "Individual Freedom"?

    I could go on and on about 1000 times about "what part of" questions about ALEC "Model Legislation" because that's how many ALEC "Model Bills" have been written and introduce into our state legislatures in the 40 years of this rogue organization's existence.  Each year ALEC brags that 20 per cent or about of their bills become law in all 50 states.  Not one of them benefit anyone but their corporate funders.

    Every single ALEC "Model Bill" is intended to, as the diarist notes, "Screw the Consumers", and further enrich the funders.

    ALEC dominates at least 20 legislatures in America and quite a few governors.  Where?  Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and others.  I use the term dominate because this is exactly what they do, and the people of those and other states suffer because the legislators who are ALEC members represent ALEC far more than they represent the voters who elected them.  These individuals pledge a higher alliance to ALEC and its goals than they do to their constituents.

    It's time t throw all of them out of office.  To find ones in your state, H/T to MNDem999, follow these links:

    On the topic of anti-alternative energy:

    ALEC is a stinking rat infested, slimy sewer of American Politics and its members will do everything in their considerable power to screw the American people, you, your family and your neighbors.  It is time to run all of them out of office.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Fri May 09, 2014 at 09:27:05 AM PDT

    •  the worst (1+ / 0-)
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      Some of the worst stuff happening in America right now is happening because of things ALEC did 20-30+ years ago, but is just being all covered up (not all that well).

      The are terrible now, but they straight out ran the entire country (including Supreme Court, and Federal Reserve appointments) that entire length of time. Under both Political Parties (the Clinton's are ALEC from way back)

      The entire corporate media is there to present their (ALEC's) ideas. (I watch alot of old football games from the 70's and 80's and you can see the ALEC messages coming right out of the commercials, and even the football announcers themselves sometimes. That was of course back in ALEC's hayday: ie: fighting the communist/socialist threat, or whatever.)

      "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

      by Seattle Socialist on Fri May 09, 2014 at 11:05:39 AM PDT

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  •  Lil' Abner 1956 (0+ / 0-)

    Part 1:

     General Bullmoose:

    (Speaking What’s good for General Bullmoose is what’s good for the U.S.A.
    And by Dow Jones and all their little averages,
     Don’t you forget it! Right, boys?
    Men: (Singing) Right! Three rousing rahs and a few hussahs And a hip-hip-hip hooray
     What’s good for General Bullmoose Is good for the U.S.A.

    Part 2:

    General Bullmoose: (Speaking) We’ll show these hillbillies what’s what!
    Right, boys?
    All but General: (Singing) Right! He makes the rules And he intends to keep it thataway
     What’s good for General Bullmoose Is good for the U.S.A.

    (Transcribed by Carlene Bogle - March 2004)


    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

    by Wood Gas on Fri May 09, 2014 at 09:43:08 AM PDT

  •  ALEC got caught in KS forming another PAC (1+ / 0-)
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    I should say AfP but it's all the same hydra monster thing.... but they got busted opening up a new pac, denied it, then said they forgot about it, then acknowledged they had helped set it up.


    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Fri May 09, 2014 at 09:59:38 AM PDT

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