FYI: A special event is planned for this Thursday evening and the public is invited. I've been informed that a group reserved a large meeting room at the Wauwatosa Library (Firefly Room, which has a big screen TV) for it:
What: Watch Bill Moyer’s documentary “United States of ALEC” and discuss ALEC’s effects on society, specifically “living wages” and the economy
When: Thursday, September 5, 2013 6:15 pm – 8:25 pm
Where: Wauwatosa Library 7635 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, WI
It sounds interesting. I plan to attend.
What is ALEC?
Common Cause, which is dedicated to holding power accountable, tells us:
“Some of the nation's largest and richest companies, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, and AT&T, have joined forces to invest millions of dollars each year to promote the careers of thousands of state legislators and secure passage of legislation that puts corporate interests ahead of the interests of ordinary Americans.
The American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC, counts among its members some 2,000 state legislators and corporate executives. They sit side-by-side and collaborate to draft "model" bills that reach into areas of American life ranging from voting rights to environmental protection. They work in concert to get those bills passed in statehouses across the country.”
The Center for Media and Democracy’s ALEC Exposed reports:
“ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.”
The Center for Media and Democracy is a non-profit investigative reporting group that is focused on exposing corporate spin and government propaganda
Also, to read Wis. State Rep. Chris Taylor’s (D-Madison) Aug. 9, 2013 op-ed about ALEC titled “I Caught a Glimpse of ALEC Nation” (posted on The Progressive), click here.