ALEC is no friend of we the people

BETTYE JOHNSON; RainierApril 25, 2012 

ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, is an organization to be aware of. It is not a friend to “we the people.”

ALEC is a corporate front group that organized in the 1970s, waiting for a time when it could increase power with corporations and most Republican legislators, state and national.

This group is pushing to repeal paid sick laws nationwide. They ghostwrite bills for state and national legislatures. Who do you think is behind the ugly bills passed by some of the states as well as Congress? There is a movement with ALEC in the background to de-franchise women’s hard-earned rights. Who do you think is pushing the bills to curtail women’s right for abortions and Planned Parenthood?

Due to public pressure ALEC is scrapping gun laws, i.e. “Stand Your Ground” laws. Florida passed the law and, since the Trayvon Martin shooting, is taking another look. Some corporations are withdrawing from ALEC, such as the Gates Foundation, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, Intuit and Wendy’s to name some.

From a statement by Missouri state Rep. Mike Colona, a Democrat: “The American Legislative Exchange Council is not the innocuous, bipartisan organization it purports to be. Their agenda is radical and wrong for Missouri.”

It’s time for we, the people, to take our blinders off and find out what is really going on by looking at the records of our state senators and representatives. ALEC is very generous with its lobbying and donations for elections.

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