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Time for Kochs to Resign from ALEC

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Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava have a post up at AlterNet about ALEC, the despicable Koch brothers, and a way to deal with them. The folks at Brave New Foundation would love us to share, so here you go, but please read the whole thing here:

The Koch brothers are major backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate front group that drafts “model legislation” for state legislators. The Kochs have given ALEC at least $1 million—not counting a $500,000 loan—and their company, Koch Industries, has been a select member of the group’s board for nearly two decades. ALEC has recently come under fire for advancing bills modeled on Florida’s now-infamous “Stand Your Ground” law, and it has long been criticized for writing legislation that would undermine public schools, immunize corporations that harm people’s health, and impose onerous voter ID restrictions on the young, the old, the poor, and minorities.

Corporations including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Kraft, PepsiCo, Mars, and Intuit have all bailed on ALEC over the last two weeks, knowing that continuing to associate with the group would be toxic. This exodus is a testament to the strength of progressive groups like Color of Change and the Center for Media and Democracy, which have been working to expose what ALEC does. But the Kochs are doubling down. [...]

Either way, the Kochs are staying put. That’s their right, but Americans have a right of their own: to boycott Koch products. Every dollar that we spend on goods made by Koch Industries is another dollar the brothers have at their disposal to support right-wing, corporate fronts like ALEC. The time has come for Americans to vote with their pocketbooks and stop supporting the Koch brothers’ agenda.

Everyone willing to participate in a boycott should sign this pledge form, which says we’ll stop buying what Koch sells until Koch withdraws its membership in ALEC. [...]

[T]he best place to start is their household paper products:

  • Toilet paper: Angel Soft, Quilted Northern, Soft ‘n’ Gentle
  • Towels, napkins, plates, cups: Brawny, Dixie, Sparkle, Mardi Gras, Vanity Fair, Zee

These brands—made largely by Georgia Pacific, a Koch subsidiary—are easily recognizable and avoidable.

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Kids Eating Rat Poison is an "Acceptable Risk" for ALEC

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Lisa Graves, who you see in this video with Thom Hartmann, sent me a link to a piece on ALEC that she wanted to share. By the way, Lisa is officially awesome. (Just had to throw that in.)

First things first. What is ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council )?

Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. [...]

More than 98% of ALEC's revenues come from sources other than legislative dues, such as corporations, corporate trade groups, and corporate foundations. [...]

The organization boasts 2,000 legislative members and 300 or more corporate members. The unelected corporate representatives (often registered lobbyists) sit as equals with elected representatives on nine task forces where they have a “voice and a vote” on model legislation.

In other words, corporations are writing bills that Congress passes that result in laws that we must live by... including Voter I.D. laws.

Now ALEC is whining because the EPA wants to limit the sale of poisons that our kids can (and do) ingest, and they complain that by regulating lethal substances, Big Government is being way too intrusive (but of course, limiting reproductive rights is A-OK).

Via PRWatch.org:

An American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) member is defying Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules limiting the sale of rat poisons that pose dangers to children and the ecosystem. ALEC representatives say that kids eating rat poison is an "acceptable risk" that does not justify government intervention in the market. [...]

As for the claim the EPA action is an example of the "nanny state" with the government substituting its judgment for that of parents, [Aaron Colangelo, an attorney for the NRDC] says a child's exposure to rat poison often occurs in settings outside of a parent's control. "It is one thing to say parents need to be conscious of what their kids are doing in their own homes," he said. "But exposure [to the rodenticides] is not limited to one's own home." [...]

For Colangelo, it is a disgrace that a few "hold-out bad actors from the chemical industry" are further delaying EPA regulation of the rodenticides, despite decades of evidence of harm.

"It should not take this long to do something simple like protect toddlers from rat poisoning."

"Pro-life" my ass.

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