No Prodigal Sun? ALEC Doesn’t Want Its Clean Energy Members Back

By: 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.

 

Historical Records Reveal State Policy Network Was Created by ALEC

By: 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.

I Googled “Evil” and It Took Me to Google

By: 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.

Stink Tanks: State Policy Network Internal Budget Documents Revealed by The Guardian

By: 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).

Documents: ALEC’s Looming Attacks on Clean Energy, Fracking Laws, Greenhouse Gas Regulations

By: 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.

If you get enough donations maybe you can buy a slew of tiny violins for yourselves

By: 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.

Leaked Documents Reveal IRS Concerns, Funding Crisis at Corporate Lobbying Group ALEC

By: 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.

The Campaign Against Net Metering: ALEC and Utility Interests’ Next Attack on Clean Energy Surfaces in Arizona

By: 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.

Virtual Schools: Cyber Pie in the Sky?

By: 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.

Charges Dropped for #NoALEC Arrestees

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 4:40 pm

In August, I reported on protests at the 40th anniversary gathering of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a branch of the corporate shadow government which writes laws like Stand Your Ground and then pays off puppet legislators to make their bills into law. On August 8, Chicago Police, led by white-shirted commanding officers, brutalized nonviolent protestors after a union-sponsored rally.

Police arrested six protestors, but all charges have been dropped because police declined to appear in court yesterday.

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