ALEC: the unseen hand behind conservative legislation in all 50 states?

07/20/11 Robert Lorei
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Last week the non profit Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) made public available over 800 “model” bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporate and legislative members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The bills were provided to state legislatures as a way to advance the agenda of corporations- including giant oil, tobacco, railroad and chemical companies. ALEC was created by conservative activist Paul Weyrich in 1973. ALEC has become the premier institution for secretly craft and promoting model legislation and resolutions that largely benefit its corporate members.

This year in legislatures across the country ALEC’s priorities included bills to privatize education, break unions, deregulate major industries, and pass voter ID laws. In many states across the country they succeeded. Here to talk with us is Mary Bottari with the Center for Media and Democracy which has just pult ALEC’s model bills on its website.

(Note, during the call-in program a listener sent a link to this video news story in which it's reported that the state is making money by selling drivers' private information to for-profit companies.)

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