Mon Aug 6, 2012, 11:43 AM
luckyleftyme2 (3,861 posts)
we need to keep pounding "ALEC"
WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY OR SOUND BYTES THEY CAN BUY BUT WE SURE CAN EXPOSE THOSE WHO ARE KILLING MAINE'S FUTURE:
ALEC, which is essentially a lobbying organization for its member corporations, may now be in trouble with the IRS, because it is registered as a charity. What it is doing is not charitable, however, and since the IRS 501(c)3 rules specifically forbid lobbying or partisan politics, ALEC may soon find itself paying back an awful lot of money ... money it increasingly doesn't have as its corporations bail on it. It does still count among its donors (really guiding lights) the Koch brothers, and their pockets are fairly deep. But ALEC's secret power seems to be under a much brighter ray of sunlight now, and even the Koch brothers may find themselves scrambling for the cover of the nearest rock.
Because ALEC is such a shadowy organization, it is often difficult to get reliable information about who in Maine is a supporter or member. Indeed, lack of transparency is part of the problem with the organization, and part of the way it operates. To the best knowledge available, here are the members and supporters of this "non-partisan" organization in Maine's Legislature.
ALEC state chairs:
Sen. Richard Rosen, R-Bucksport
Ann Robinson, lobbyist at Preti-Flaherty, co-chair of LePage transition team
Known current members:
Rep. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden
Rep. James M. Hamper, R-Oxford
Rep. R. Ryan Harmon, R-Palermo
Sen. Brian D. Langley, R-Ellsworth
Sen. Debra Plowman, R-Hampden
Sen. Christopher W. Rector, R-Thomaston
Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport
Rep. Carol Weston, R-Montville, former ALEC state chair
PASS THIS ON -MOST MAINERS ARE STILL UNAWARE OF HOW MANY OF THESE ARE ENTERING OUR POLITICS! HOW THEY LIE AND DECEIVE TO MAKE PROFIT WHICH OFTEN ENDS UP OUT OF THE COUNTRY OR TAX FREE!
NO BODY LIKES TAXES -BUT WE ALL HATE TAX CHEATS!!!
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