Over the last four years, Greenpeace has made a Valentine’s Day tradition of spoofing the influence peddling of corporate lobbyists and captured politicians. This year’s installment embodies the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which reporters have characterized as a “dating service” for its role in pushing copycat, corporate-crafted laws through state legislatures.
|By: Connor Gibson Friday February 14, 2014 7:15 pm|
|By: Connor Gibson Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:12 pm|
Leaked American Legislative Exchange Council documents published by The Guardian recently offered a glimpse into ALEC’s financial troubles, spurred by its role in peddling corporate laws through statehouses around the country. ALEC’s controversial work has caused its member companies to abandon it, such as pushing the National Rifle Association’s Stand Your Ground laws, efforts to undermine clean energy incentives and delay climate change regulations, and breaking workers unions.
The ALEC documents revealed its “Prodical [sic] Son” project, a list of 41 corporate members the legislator-lobbyist matchmaker would like to entice back into its roster.
|By: Steve Horn Monday December 9, 2013 4:12 pm|
State Policy Network’s precursor — the Madison Group — was “launched by the American Legislative Exchange Council and housed in the Chicago-based Heartland Institute.”
Further, Constance “Connie” Campanella — former ALEC executive director and the first president of the Madison Group — left ALEC in 1988 to create a lobbying firm called Stateside Associates. Stateside uses ALEC meetings (and the meetings of other groups) as lobbying opportunities for its corporate clients.
|By: David Swanson Saturday December 7, 2013 10:45 am|
Google may have been, until now, the Obama of hip internet monopolies. No matter how many nations the President bombs, people still put Obama peace-sign stickers on their cars. No matter how many radical rightwing initiatives Google funds, people still think it’s a “progressive corporation” — How could it not be? It’s making progress!
Google is funding Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the Federalist Society, the American Conservative Union, and the political arm of the Heritage Foundation.
And there’s more really bad news: Google is funding ALEC.
|By: Steve Horn Friday December 6, 2013 7:40 am|
It’s been a rough week for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The “corporate bill mill” group’s annual States & Nation meeting was overshadowed by damaging evidence of misconduct. And it just got a whole lot rougher with yet another investigative installment in The Guardian series.
This time, instead of focusing on ALEC alone, Guardian reporters Suzanne Goldenberg and Ed Pilkington took a big swing at what Center for Media and Democracy and Progress Now have called the “stink tanks” network run by the right-wing State Policy Network (SPN).
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday December 4, 2013 5:03 pm|
The Guardian has released another must-read piece about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), this time laying bare its anti-environmental agenda for 2014.
The paper obtained ALEC’s 2013 Annual Meeting Policy Report, which revealed that ALEC — dubbed a “corporate bill mill” for the statehouses by the Center for Media and Democracy — plans more attacks on clean energy laws, an onslaught of regulations pertaining tohydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and waging war against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday December 4, 2013 1:30 am|
And to think, Karen Handel, the right-winger who brought down the Susan B. Koman Foundation, was only involved in spirit.
|By: Steve Horn Tuesday December 3, 2013 4:59 pm|
The Guardian has published a major investigative piece that once again exposes the scandalous ways of the right wing lobbying group, American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC).
Among the biggest revelations: ALEC may soon face a budget crisis, and is feeling the heat of public pressure from activists and its own membership in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting by George Zimmerman in Florida. Dozens of corporations have jumped ship from what critics have coined a “corporate bill mill” for statehouses nationwide.
|By: Gabe Elsner Monday November 18, 2013 7:15 pm|
The Arizona campaign appears to be the first assault on net metering policies from the utility industry, which is desperately seeking to maintain its dominance as distributed generation erodes the utility’s traditional business monopoly. Given that EEI worked with ALEC on their new model bill, the APS-led Arizona assault will likely be a model for other anti-net metering campaigns across the country.
|By: Gary Cohn Tuesday October 22, 2013 6:30 pm|
Nearly everyone who has studied virtual education agrees on two points. Virtual education, in some format, is likely to expand in the years ahead. And as it does, there is a crucial need for better research, accountability and transparency.