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View Diary: BREAKING: Intuit Out of ALEC; Coke, Kraft, Pepsi, too, while Koch Stands Ground (44 comments)

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  •  Ditching ALEC is a public relations move (4+ / 0-)

    and none of these corporations has seen anything that might even faintly resemble the light.  They'll just reform and rejoin a new organization with a different name, that does exactly the same thing, and then they'll ride that horse until it dies too.

    Exposing ALEC was important, but only because we need to keep turning over the rocks these slimeballs slither under. The real goal has to be to take corporations out of politics and to keep them out with laws against campaign contributions, unethical lobbying practices, revolving doors, and the like.

    "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

    by hepshiba on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 11:17:07 AM PDT

    •  I don't agree. (9+ / 0-)

      It seems that many of the corporations now belonging to ALEC looked at this membership as just another big business lobbying enterprise, kind of like the Chamber of Commerce, a strength in numbers group.
        For most corporations, the bottom line is The Bottom Line. They don't have the same political agenda as the radical right-wing nuts like the Koch Bros, Richard Mellon Scaife, and that ilk.
        They have no real interest in passing laws like "Stand Your Ground," or mandated trans-vaginal ultra sound exams, or massive voter suppression efforts.

         In fact, when controversy arises, they'd just as soon head for the exits because they don't want to lose business and they don't need the distractions and the grief.

         This Paul Weyrich invented entity was cleverly (and deceptively) drawn to do its work as stealthily as possible. Sunlight is not a friend to ALEC, and activists exposing them for what they are, and then mounting efforts such as this one are their worst nightmare.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 11:36:46 AM PDT

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