Thursday, August 16, 2012

Woo-hoo! 13 Texas lawmakers dump ALEC

This just in. Ten Republican and three Democratic state lawmakers from Texas dropped out of ALEC. ALEC, the American legislative Exchange Council, is the corporate front group that wines, dines and financially supports politicians so they'll introduce corporate-friendly (read anti-worker, anti-consumer) bills.

Already 32 corporations, four nonprofits and 56 lawmakers dumped ALEC after its role was exposed in pushing anti-union, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-democratic  legislation.

Here's the statement from Progress Texas:
We are pleased to announce that an additional 13 Texas Legislators – 10 Republicans and 3 Democrats – have left and will no longer be a part of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). These 13 Legislators join 12 others who announced they were leaving in April of 2012, bringing the total number of Texas legislators who have left ALEC to 25 this year alone. 
“These legislators have shown the courage of their convictions by standing up to a corporate bill factory and declaring their support for the people of Texas above all else,” said Matt Glazer, Executive Director of Texas... 
Below is the list of the 13 Texas legislators who recently announced they are leaving ALEC.
1.      Sen. Robert Deuell – R
2.      Sen. Glenn Hegar – R
3.      Sen. Eddie Lucio – D
4.      Sen. Carlos Uresti – D
5.      Sen. John Whitmire – D
6.      Rep. Leo Berman – R
7.      Rep. Myra Crownover – R
8.      Rep. Jim Keffer – R
9.      Rep. Dee Margo – R
10.  Rep. Jim Murphy – R
11.  Rep. Diane Patrick – R
12.  Rep. Debbie Riddle – R
13.  Rep. James White – R
The Center for Media and Democracy reports:
Corporations that have publicly cut ties to ALEC in recent weeks include General Motors, Walgreens, Best Buy, Hewlett-Packard, MillerCoors, John Deere, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Wal-Mart,, Procter & Gamble, Mars, Wendy's, McDonald's, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola. The addition of Amgen and Louis Dreyfus brings the total to 32. Four non-profits -- Lumina Foundation for Education, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and the Gates Foundation -- and 56 state legislators have also cut ties with ALEC.