ALEC responds to investigative report: “Fundamental misunderstanding”

SALON “The ALEC media policy clearly states which meetings are open” Last week, Atlanta television station WXIA-TV aired a shocking exposé revealing the private conference rooms where legislators and lobbyists from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Koch-backed, anti-environment group make laws without the input of civilians. On Wednesday, ALEC responded to the report, arguing… More ALEC responds to investigative report: “Fundamental misunderstanding”

ALEC: The New-and-Improved Political Corruption

The Huffington Post The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been described as a “shadowy group” of companies and politicians working behind closed doors to rewrite our laws, frequently to bolster corporate profits at any cost. Over the last 41 years, ALEC has worked tirelessly to tear down many of the programs and protections Americans,… More ALEC: The New-and-Improved Political Corruption

15 Wins for the Progressive Movement in 2013

The following article is a bit long but quite significant… Moyers & Company But there were also some victories for progressives in 2013, especially in state and local politics. While Washington was stuck in the grip of the politics of obstruction, grass-roots activists did their part, scoring some major wins for economic justice, civil liberties… More 15 Wins for the Progressive Movement in 2013

Schools Across The Country Are Considering Education Bills Crafted By Corporate Frontgroup (ALEC)

Think Progress School privatization laws crafted by corporate interests have been introduced in nearly every state in the first half of 2013, according to the Center for Media and Democracy. 43 states and the District of Columbia are considering school legislation developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the umbrella organization that pushes state laws catered… More Schools Across The Country Are Considering Education Bills Crafted By Corporate Frontgroup (ALEC)

Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose Common Good

The Masters of Mankind want us to become the “stupid nation,” in the interests of their short-term gain — damn the consequences. ~ Chomsky Alternet Whether public education contributes to the Common Good depends, of course, on what kind of education it is, to whom it is available, and what we take to be the… More Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose Common Good

ALEC Hit With IRS Complaint Filed By Common Cause

More bad news for this insidious organization… The Huffington Post Open government advocates accused a conservative legislative group Monday of falsely claiming tax-exempt status while doing widespread lobbying. Advocacy group Common Cause said Monday it had filed an IRS complaint accusing ALEC of masquerading as a public charity. ALEC is formed as a nonprofit that… More ALEC Hit With IRS Complaint Filed By Common Cause

Conservative Group With Abramoff Scandal Ties Picks Up Voter ID Issue Where ALEC Left Off

One has to wonder, why the GOP think that they will truly suppress tens of thousands of voters without a valid ID from casting their ballots on election day.  If their strategy was to make sure those tens of thousands don’t vote, activists and civil rights advocates are making an effort to help voters with the process… More Conservative Group With Abramoff Scandal Ties Picks Up Voter ID Issue Where ALEC Left Off

KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut’s Owner Is The 12th Corporation To Drop ALEC

This is excellent news… Think Progress Yum! Brands, the owner of fast food brands KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut told Color of Change that they will no longer support the American Legislative Exchange Council, the right-wing front group that, until recently, was a driving force behind state voter suppression and “stand your ground” gun laws. Yum!’s… More KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut’s Owner Is The 12th Corporation To Drop ALEC

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pull support from ALEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is having a very bad week, thanks to Color of Change and other groups… The Raw Story The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday vowed to withdraw financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an influential conservative nonprofit that drafts model bills for legislators. The foundation contributed more than… More Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pull support from ALEC