Did you know that hundreds of large corporations, trade groups, and corporate foundations are paying tens of thousands of dollars each to write the legislation our state delegates introduce and vote on? They contribute to the American Legislative Exchange Council which wines and dines state legislators and their families, then hands them the bills which, if passed, will benefit these large business groups, not the majority of their constituents.
This may not seem to be news to you, but the extent of participation in ALEC is shocking. AT&T, BP, CSX, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmthKline are just a few of the ALEC sponsors. To their credit, more and more corporations are opting out. Coca Cola, WalMart, and McDonalds have come to realize that participating in this sham is not for them. They now see that legislation like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which ALEC pushed, can harm innocent citizens.
If you are like me, you thought you elected your state representatives to work on your behalf. Those who are members of ALEC - and there are many - are working to further the interests of big business, not the interests of our well being and safety. This is not how democracy is supposed to work.
You can search online for ALEC exposed and find out all about them. There you can view the upcoming Bill Moyers show, "The United States of ALEC." This exposé will air on PBS in this area on Oct. 28 and on Nov. 4. Tune in to learn how our democracy is being undermined by ALEC.
We must be sure to elect representatives who are not members of this organization.
Janet Brome, Bentonville