ALEC Nation: Demands Lawmaker Allegiance an The Part of Corporations – And Gets It
This article/blog goes on to detail more disturbing facts and trends of ALEC, an organization that ALL Democrats and Progressives (and, really, any citizen of any party) should want OUT of our politics! I recommend you read the rest of the article, link below. – cynthia Read Littwin’s full article at The Colorado Independent
The news is out: ALEC has been officially Snowdened.
Thanks to the Guardian (the British paper with the digital-first ethos and the hungry New York office), we’ve got leaked secret documents about the political powerhouse that, along with its corporate sponsors, sets the agenda (i.e. writes the laws) for conservative state legislators who couldn’t figure out how to do it themselves.
You probably don’t know much about ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council — unless you’re a political junkie or a Republican state legislator. But you should.
It’s the Koch-brothers-paid-for group that pushes the movement politics that all those states tend to pass en masse — sort of a Common Core legislative curriculum. Think stand-your-ground laws and voter ID laws and public-sector union-busting laws and guns-are-good-in-all-circumstances laws and you get the idea.
ALEC is holding its annual convention in Washington, but that’s not the news. The news is the revelations from the leaked documents, that 1) many mainstream companies have opted out of ALEC, in reaction to the Trayvon-Martin-killed-for-frequenting-convenience-store story 2) lots of legislators have dropped their association with ALEC, too, 3) ALEC has had a significant revenue shortfall and 4) ALEC, for some reason, drafted a loyalty oath for its state chairs.
Here’s the wording ALEC drafted for state chairs (which apparently was never ratified, because once you say it out loud, you can’t help but hear how off-key it sounds): “I am morally responsible for the health and well-being of this organization. I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first.”
Yes, put the interests of the organization first. You know, like ahead of the people you represent. With care and loyalty not exactly for all – but for the ALEC power players who run the “organization,” which sounds a lot like what we used to call the “syndicate.”
Sen. Bill Cadman and Rep. Libby Szabo are listed as Colorado chairs. John Tomasic, of our very own Colorado Independent, asked their offices for comment on the secret oath. He didn’t hear back. You have to admire the loyalty in that.