ALEC and others like it are buying our democracy. So far – thanks to pressure from progressive and good governance groups – ten major corporations have left ALEC. Putting public pressure and shaming companies who bankroll ALEC is important because as long as the organization and any others that might pop up in her wake remain – the notion of a country of the people, for the people, by the people will remain as lifeless as the statue that resembles our 14th President at 900 Ohio Drive, S.W. Washington, DC 20024 in the National Mall.
ALEC literally writes bills and then hands them to legislators to pass…with campaign donations in tow. An excellent recent and what I consider egregious example is written about below…a Florida state Rep proposes a bill and forgets to take off the ALEC logo etc. This is happening in every single “conservative” state…the only difference is that they’re not stupid enough to leave the ALEC logos on the bill that ALEC pays them to pass; it’s scandalous. If any other country operated like this – we would call it corruption but in America – it’s just business as usual.
ALEC is the Koch funded right wing lobbying organization where members of Congress partner hand in hand with various representatives of corporations and interest groups. ALEC actually writes bills…then literally gives them to members of Congress to pass. Congress makes a few modifications and many of them pass….coincidentally – these same corporations are big funders of those members of Congress who oblige them in passing their “preferred legislation”. ALEC was responsible for the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida that is now infamous because of Trayvon Martin’s murder.