We’ve posted about ALEC a lot here at TPC. For example:
- Education dean at Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison: ALEC is still at it. Goal: Privatize, “eliminate school districts, boards”
- ALEC, meat/poultry industries, state bills target farm animal abuse videos revealing calves skinned alive, cows suffocated
- E-mails link Jeb Bush foundation, corporations, ALEC, and education officials. Corporate funders benefit.
ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is an organization of state legislators which favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions. They literally write legislation for Republican Congress members, who then do whatever they can to pass it. The Nation:
Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: it gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding.
And as ALEC Exposed explains:
ALEC bills would privatize public education, crush teacher’s unions, and push American universities to the right. Among other things, these bills make education a private commodity rather than a public good, and reverse America’s modern innovation of promoting learning and civic virtue through public schools staffed with professional teachers for children from all backgrounds.
This week, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) sent Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) a letter that claimed the Senator’s investigation into ALEC’s involvement “Stand Your Ground” laws was a form of “intimidation.” The letter was supposed to have carried the clout of about 300 state legislators who signed onto it, but, according to an investigation by progressive group by ProgressNow, many of the signatures on that letter were falsified or duplicated. […]
The group said it was signed by 293 elected officials. But, ProgressNow found, 55 of the signatures are “blatantly invalid.”
ALEC itself is “blatantly invalid,” yet it still dictates legislation on behalf of Corporate America. Let’s hope this tarnishes ALEC’s image and helps more people to become aware of how they operate, eventually leading to its undoing.