One of the
ALEC membership has its benefits, and for 2,400 or so state legislators across the nation who belong to ALEC, chief among them each year is the opportunity to take at least one all-expenses-paid trip that looks a lot like a vacation.If you're just catching up, ALEC lobbies for corporate greed. Oh, and it embodies everything that's wrong with our political system. ALEC is especially fond of disenfranchising voters, privatizing prisons, cutting funds for public education and getting rid of enviromental regulations. It claims to be nonpartisan. It is, if you consider Sarah Palin nonpartisan.
In honor of ALEC's Arizona
Arizona’s state lawmakers are especially receptive to corporate money and influence, according to a new report from two liberal-leaning advocacy groups.
The 100-page report strives to show how the American Legislative Exchange Council uses “its resources to shepherd legislation from the corporate boardroom to the governor’s desk,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president at the Washington D.C,-based People for the American Way Foundation.Tomorrow, Day One of the
ALEC describes itself as a nonpartisan national association of state legislators.
Critics, however, say it is a conservative-based partisan organization that brings together about 300 large corporations and 2,000 predominately Republican legislators on task forces to produce model bills.
We'll keep you posted.