Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:08 AM
tpsbmam (3,927 posts)
When ALEC Takes Over Your Town
Woonsocket, RI is in trouble. The state senate improved a supplemental property tax increase to address the $10 million deficit. But when the bill hit the House of Representatives, two conservative representatives held it up. These two have been pushing for a receiver being appointed, which would cause all kinds of "pain" for Woonsocket. One of the legislators is named Jon Brien.
This comes from Joe Nocera's excellent op-ed in today's NY Times, When ALEC Takes Over Your Town.
And there you have it, one example of how ALEC is screwing the country, the middle class, unions, working Americans at a very small, local level. And it's happening all over the country.
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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:45 AM
midnight (25,309 posts)
1. "Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere?
(Hint: It Didn’t Start Here)"
Telling Your State Legislators What to Do:
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
"The most important group, I’m pretty sure, is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which was founded in 1973 by Henry Hyde, Lou Barnett, and (surprise, surprise) Paul Weyrich. Its goal for the past forty years has been to draft “model bills” that conservative legislators can introduce in the 50 states. Its website claims that in each legislative cycle, its members introduce 1000 pieces of legislation based on its work, and claims that roughly 18% of these bills are enacted into law. (Among them was the controversial 2010 anti-immigrant law in Arizona.)
If you’re as impressed by these numbers as I am, I’m hoping you’ll agree with me that it may be time to start paying more attention to ALEC and the bills its seeks to promote.
You can start by studying ALEC’s own website. Begin with its home page at
First visit the “About” menu to get a sense of the organization’s history and its current members and funders. But the meat of the site is the “model legislation” page, which is the gateway to the hundreds of bills that ALEC has drafted for the benefit of its conservative members.
You’ll of course be eager to look these over…but you won’t be able to, because you’re not a member."http://scholarcitizen.williamcronon.net/2011/03/15/alec/