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  •  The bottom line is that there has to be some form (8+ / 0-)

       Sadly, that is not the fact.   ALEC is huge because of the very hard work by some very dedicated people.   Sadly, this group are not alone and it is hard to track all the corporate funding.  
         The good news is that when one finds what appears to be a "new donor" to ALEC, be sure and send an email or FB message to Lisa.    
         In 2010 - my district elected a TPer.  He sent me a mailer about some bogus award by NFIB.   It is a lobbying group that is used by RW and copied by various new groups that focus on "small business", sigh.
         Everytime I read their name, I am compelled to write that their data is essentially scrubbed to benefit the RW.  

    •  Yes (14+ / 0-)

      but their activities are subject to disclosure.  ALEC is unique in that it is able facilitate corporate lobbying without any requirement that disclosure be made.

      Two years ago when the first mass protest at an ALEC convention took place we asked them to do four things:

      First, your organization has not made full disclosure of your donors’ names and amounts given. If our government is to be of the people, it is unfitting for a privileged few to set the public agenda from the shadows. We ask you to make full disclosure of all donors on all amounts given over $200.

      Second, your organization has a number of members who hold elected office. If our government is to be by the people, they deserve to know when their elected representatives are members of groups which provide privileged access to the legislative process. We ask you to call upon your elected membership to make full disclosure of their participation in your organization.

      Third, your organization disseminates and coordinates legislative agendas across state governments through the production of model legislation, the full text of which you fail to disclose to the public. If our government is to be for the people, they deserve access to the full content of public policy discussion. We call upon you to make the full text of your model legislation freely available to the public.

      Finally, there has not been full disclosure of cases in which your model legislation is entered into bills under consideration by state legislatures. We ask you to call upon your members to make full disclosure of the source of the text they enter into consideration when your model legislation is called upon in the writing of state legislative bills.

      It's in the nature of a democratic society that there will be groups that present views that are objectionable.  The problem with ALEC is that they are part and parcel of the echo chamber including the States Policy Network, Americans for Prosperity, and other groups that strive for the appearance of mass support, yet refuse to identify the groups providing them financial support.  With disclosure this trick fails, because it becomes clear that there is no mass movement.... only a few people with a lot of money.

      by ManfromMiddletown on Mon May 06, 2013 at 01:38:12 PM PDT

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