ALEC, the extreme right wing shadow group, that has been writing legislation for republican officials all over the country, has had a very interesting week. First they have been losing sponsors in a rate not seen, since Rush Limbaugh called all women "sluts". (A current short list of companies that have pulled funding from Alec includes: Coca Cola, Pepsi, Intuit, Kraft, Wendy’s and McDonalds.
Then, even though everyone knows that Alec writes legislation, a Florida legislator dumb enough to forgot to remove ALEC’s mission statement from the top of the bill she introduced. You can see the .PDF here.
Progressives have long tried to expose the influence the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) wields in state house across the country, but Florida state Rep. Rachel Burgin (R) is making it too easy.
Funded almost entirely by large corporations, ALEC produces “model legislation” favorable to industry that state lawmakers can introduce as their own bills. Usually, the legislators tweak the language of the bills to make them state-specific or to obfuscate their origins. Usually, but apparently not always.
Of course ALEC did exactly what you would expect them to do. issue a completely ridiculous press release pretending to be the victim.
For years, ALEC has partnered with legislators to research and develop better, more effective public policies – legislation that creates a more transparent, accountable government, policies that place a priority on free enterprise and consumer choice, and tax policies that are fair, simple and that spur the kind of competiveness that puts Americans back to work.
How funny is it that a shadow group that works with 100% far right republicans, pretends to be transparent victim just trying to do right by America. Yet they could not be any more anti-American. Here is some more information about the American Legislative Exchange Council:
ALEC was founded by this guy(and Wisconsin’s own) Paul Weyrich:
Finally everything you need to know about ALEC and were scared to ask: check out Alec Exposed!