Vincent Synowicz: the ALEC candidate

There should be absolutely no doubt by now that the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Wisconsin is strong.

As if to prove that point, last week Republican Assembly candidate Vincent Synowicz issued a press release last week promising to copy and paste a piece of ALEC-written legislation on “day one” of [...]

Discuss ALEC, Its Effect On Wages & The Local Economy

From my email inbox: Discuss ALEC, It’s Effect On Wages & The Local Economy Wauwatosa Library Thursday, September 5, 2013 6:15pm until 8:25pm

Watch Bill Moyers’ Documentary “UNITED STATES OF ALEC” and discuss ALEC’s effects on society, specifically ‘Living Wages” and the economy. Discussion leaders – Rev Willie Brisco President, MICAH & Dana Schultz, 9to5 [...]

2016 GOP Election Strategy: Why Appeal When We Can Steal?

In the wake of our President’s re-election, one would think the GOP would engage in deep reflection as to the reason (s) they lost this previous campaign, making every attempt to implement policy changes reflective of the current electoral map. But, oh no! Far from it! Lest you have forgotten: The first thing the GOP [...]

Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause file suit against 5 Republican lawmakers

Earlier today the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and Common Cause (CC) filed suit against five Republican lawmakers, alleging those five Republicans failed to provide ALEC-related records sought under Wisconsin’s Open Records Law.

Here’s the press release issued by CMD and CC. The Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause filed suit today [...]

New group ALICE to counter ALEC’s influence

From my email inbox comes this very cool announcement. This afternoon, the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE) announced the launch of its groundbreaking new website. ALICE is a one-stop, web-based, public library of progressive law on a wide range of issues in state and local policy.

ALICE Director Joel Rogers explained that [...]

Martin Bashir Interviews Koch Industries General Counsel Mark Holden

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir interviews Koch Industry’s General Counsel Mark Holden about the Koch Brothers and their political activities. Among the questions he’s asked is one about the fake Charles Koch call to Governor Walker and what Scott Walker expected to have to give the Koch brothers. The questions about Walker start at 6:17, well worth listening to. [...]

ALEC exposed in Wisconsin

Yesterday the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released a new report that details the exclusive network of corporate lobbyists and special interest groups that exert influence over the Wisconsin legislature through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). “This report reveals details of the extraordinary influence of ALEC and its agenda on the Wisconsin [...]

Why won’t Scott Walker just tell the truth?

Last week video surfaced of Republican Gov. Scott Walker explaining in 2011 to billionaire campaign donor Diane Hendricks how he was going to “divide and conquer” labor unions in Wisconsin in order to turn Wisconsin into a “right to work” state, which would drive down wages for all workers in the state while benefiting businesses.

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Roys campaign attacks Mark Pocan on accepting corporate PAC money

Earlier today Democratic State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, who running to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldin in Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional district, issued a statement calling on all the candidates in the 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary to reject “the corrupting influence of corporate money” and to refuse contributions from corporate PACs.

Here’s what the [...]

Common Cause Files Tax Complaint Against ALEC

When it rains, it pours… All over ALEC!

This submission is made pursuant to the whistleblower provisions of 26 U.S.C. 7623 et seq. (the “Tax Whistleblower Act”). This matter concerns the massive underreporting of lobbying by the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”). While ostensibly a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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