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luckyleftyme2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-06-12 07:10 AM
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Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, is the publisher of ALEC Exposed, SourceWatch...
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Company Technology Hospitality Koch Industries Social Issues No one knows how much the Kochs have given ALEC in total, but the amount likely exceeds $1 millionnot including a half-million loaned to ALEC when the group was floundering. ALEC gave the Kochs its Adam Smith Free Enterprise Award, and Koch Industries has been one of the select members of ALECs corporate board for almost twenty years. The companys top lobbyist was once ALECs chairman. As a result, the Kochs have shaped legislation touching every state in the country. Like ideological venture capitalists, the Kochs have used ALEC as a way to invest in radical ideas and fertilize them with tons of cash.

Take environmental protections. The Kochs have a penchant for paying their way out of serious violations and coming out ahead. Helped by Koch Industries lobbying efforts, one of the first measures George W. Bush signed into law as governor of Texas was an ALEC model bill giving corporations immunity from penalties if they tell regulators about their own violation of environmental rules. Dozens of other ALEC bills would limit environmental regulations or litigation in ways that would benefit Koch brothers.

Another David Koch project, Citizens for a Sound Economywhich launched the effort to repeal Glass-Steagall protections keeping banks from gambling in securitieshelped fuel the fight for free trade, an unpopular policy in the 1980s. The North American Free Trade Agreement passed with help from CSE and its corporate allies. ALEC resolutions for state legislators have long supported such trade agreements in the face of local concerns about job losses, and today the Koch free-market fantasy is reflected in ALECs support for free trade pacts with Korea, Georgia, Colombia and other countries. On just about every issue taken on by Kochs CSE, ALEC has provided legislative tools to carry them through to state legislatures, from privatizing federal and state services and assets, as CSE put it, to blocking common-sense caps on unlimited credit card interest rates.

ALEC and the Kochs often pursue parallel tracks. Just as ALEC educates legislators, Koch funding has helped tutor hundreds of judges with all-expenses-paid junkets at fancy resorts, where they learn about the free market impact of their rulings. But ALEC also operates like an arm of the Koch agenda, circulating bills that make their vision of the world concrete. For a mere $25,000 a year, Koch Industries sits as an equal board member with state legislators, influencing bills that serve as a wish list for its financial or ideological interests.

Its a pittance for the Kochs but far out of the reach of working Americans. Ordinary citizens rely on our elected representatives efforts to restore whats left of the American Dream. But through ALEC, billionaire industrialists are purchasing a version that seems like a real nightmare for most Americans.

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luckyleftyme2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-06-12 07:23 AM
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Another David Koch project, Citizens for a Sound Economywhich launched the effort to repeal Glass-Steagall protections keeping banks from gambling in securitieshelped fuel the fight for free trade, an unpopular policy in the 1980s. The North American Free Trade Agreement passed with help from CSE and its corporate allies. ALEC resolutions for state legislators have long supported such trade agreements in the face of local concerns about job losses, and today the Koch free-market fantasy is reflected in ALECs support for free trade pacts with Korea, Georgia, Colombia and other countries. On just about every issue taken on by Kochs CSE, ALEC has provided legislative tools to carry them through to state legislatures, from privatizing federal and state services and assets, as CSE put it, to blocking common-sense caps on unlimited credit card interest rates.

ALEC and the Kochs often pursue parallel tracks. Just as ALEC educates legislators, Koch funding has helped tutor hundreds of judges with all-expenses-paid junkets at fancy resorts, where they learn about the free market impact of their rulings. But ALEC also operates like an arm of the Koch agenda, circulating bills that make their vision of the world concrete. For a mere $25,000 a year, Koch Industries sits as an equal board member with state legislators, influencing bills that serve as a wish list for its financial or ideological interests.

Its a pittance for the Kochs but far out of the reach of working Americans. Ordinary citizens rely on our elected representatives efforts to restore whats left of the American Dream. But through ALEC, billionaire industrialists are purchasing a version that seems like a real nightmare for most Americans.

oil,insurance,huge real estate companies and banks big investors include the top 5% of the wealth in this country.They are doing just fine and of course they don't want to pay more in taxes-they want you to pick up the load and those republican legislators they help elect are going to see that you do!
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