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The Facts About ALEC

The Facts About ALEC

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Published by: Maryann Martindale on May 17, 2012
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POBox521847
SaltLakeCity,UT84152
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801.557.1532
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betterutah.org
TheFactsaboutALEC
 ALECAt-a-Glance
 
Over800
ALECmodelbillswereunveiledbytheCenterforMediaandDemocracyonJuly13,2011.
 
14companies
havedroppedALECsofarinthewakeofmountingpublicpressureandconnectionstoStandYourGroundgunlaws.
 
28electedofficialsnationwide
havecancelledtheirALECmembershipssofar.
 
0Utahlegislators
havecondemnedALECorcancelledtheirmembership.(1reportedtheirmembershiphadlapsedandwasnotrenewed)
 
“28legislators
inUtaharemembersofALEC.TheyareallRepublicans.
WhoisALEC?
The
 AmericanLegislativeExchangeCouncil(ALEC)
isasecretive,corporate-fundedorganizationthatbringstogethersome300corporatelobbyistsand2,000statelegislators.
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Theywritemodellegislationdesignedtohelpcorporatebottomlines.ALEChasbeeninexistencesincethe1970s,butonlyrecentlyhastheextentoftheirunethicalinfluenceinstatelegislaturesaroundthenationbeenexposed.ALECallowscorporationstodraft“model”billsthatlegislativemembersofALECcanliterallycopyandpresentduringtheirlegislativesessions.OnJuly13,2011,theCenterforMediaandDemocracyunveiledover800“model”billsandresolutionssecretlyvotedonbycorporationsandpoliticiansthatbyandlargedonothingmorethanfurthercorporateinterests.AccordingtotheAtlantaJournal-Constitution,"Theorganization,withastaffof30anda$5.5millionyearlybudget,teamslawmakersupwithcorporateintereststopushdecidedlypro-businessbillsthroughstatelegislatures.AnylawmakerwhoisamemberofthegroupcansimplylogontoitsWebsiteandfindhundredsofbillstocopy.Theycanshopforideasonhowtocurbclass-actionlawsuits,helpthetelecommunicationsindustryortoughenthecriminaljusticesystem."[AtlantaJournal-Constitution,8/8/2005]
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