Posted October 24, 2012 | comments 4 Comments

Letter to the Editor: Elect lawmakers who are not ALEC members


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

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    Good letter Ms. Brome, I first learned about ALEC watching Bill Moyers (PBS) at an earlier date. I never miss that show if I can help it. It is absolutely amazing what's going on in this country. Scary!

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. People had better stop the bickering over petty stuff and start paying attention before it's too late. Knowledge is power - it's a start if enough citizens get wise to the game.

    Not only are some state legislators members of Alec, but they are by far mostly Republican. They use state funds to pay for their membership in ALEC in lots of states, and they attend the ALEC meetings at posh resorts paid for by the corporations they are going to meet with in private. ALEC wants to privatize our schools, privatize our prisons, restrict voter access to the polls, reduce worker and consumer rights, and remove our rights to sue corporations that harm us. ALEC is how corporations intend to take over our state governments. They discovered that it is cheaper and easier to buy state politicians than it is to buy a federal politician.

      This ties in to your post, Mr. Cash.

      The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. It is a member of the Civil Justice Task Force,[6] the Education Task Force,[7] the International Relations Task Force[8] and the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force,[9] according to 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting materials. (Sourcewatch.org)

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