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Sometimes a picture is the only way to express your true meaning.  I created a Muckety Map showing just 10% of the entire relationship(s) of ALEC to those such as Koch, major benefactors, Alumni and current members - public and private.  I have asked Muckety why they have absolutely no listing of ALEC on their site.  I mean they've been around for more than 30 years and the relationship map to their connections WOULD BE THE LARGEST ON Muckety.  Haven't heard back yet...but here is what I've come up with.  As I say, I could only list 100 connections, and we know they have over 2,000 lawmaker members and more than 350 corporate members - and that doesn't count their affiliated think tanks, scholars, etc.

The map is interactive.  Click on the boxes with the (x) in the corner to expand and see why I say the complete map - including all the links to Koch, Heritage, etc. would be huge.  Today ALEC represents the interests of the corporate elite - not just the ones here in the U.S., but also multinational corporate interests - in their search for more profits and "Dominion" over world business and population.  Sounds pretty far-fetched, I know, but if you read this "Essay" (actually a treatise) written by Eric Heubeck and based upon the teachings and writings of Paul Weyrich, co-founder of ALEC and the Heritage Foundation, President of the Free Congress Foundation and Director of the Council For National Policy, you will begin to grasp just how realistic this claim of Dominion is.

Here is another Muckety map showing the basic relationship between Weyrich and the named organizations above:

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Again the map is found hereand is interactive and by clicking on the boxes marked with the (x) you can expand those relationships to show the interconnections flowing from Weyrich.  As this map

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(I know it is too difficult to read here that's why you must follow the above links and see it full page to actually see all the names - and I didn't fully expand all of the available links because it is illegible when inserted here)

indicates, many of the same organizations and individuals involved today in pursuing voter disenfranchisement, prison labor, ending collective bargaining, installing Emergency Managers to replace elected officials, repealing healthcare...and the list goes on...are found connected to ALEC, Weyrich and these organizations, groups, associations and foundations.

Included in the connections are links to Edwin Meese and the U.S. DOJ through him to various federal agencies and programs.  Also it links to Hannity, Fox News and of more concern, to Blackwater (now XE) corporation, former VP Cheney and Haliburton. Here is a map of those individuals, corporations and foundations linked together (Click on map tools to the left and click full screen for easier reading):

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Commonality throughout all of these maps and relationships are family names; Koch, Scaife, DeVos, Cheney, Bush, Dunlop - and their many Foundations, directorships, managements, contributions and activities all involving Conservative initiatives.  Together they represent the top 1/2 of 1% of the wealthiest and most influential organizations and individuals in America.  Under other circumstances they could be termed the "cream of the crop" but due to their actions, I have dubbed them "Cream of America's Most Corrupt."

When we look to current events in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Florida, Maine, Arizona, Texas and many more, these names, organizations, foundations and associations all pop up in media articles.  As I said above, dominion over us and all things profitable is their agenda.  They are all liberals who have joined with and use the Ultra-Conservative agenda to advance their own - profits and power.  They are able to do this because through ALEC they are able to employ the services and voice of weak state lawmakers to do their bidding.

These families and their organizations ghostwrite legislation favorable to their interests and bring those desires to ALEC's conferences, summits, Task Force meetings and at those events they hand off that legislation to ALEC's conservative state lawmakers.  The various "Task Forces" develop "Model Legislation" covering the wants of these corporate elite, assign the legislation with names that sound in-offensive and would sound good to the general public and then approve these "Acts" and give them to the state actors along with their marching orders.

These "legislative demands" are then tweaked, the legislators writing the proposed "Bills" into the proper legalese (cut and paste) appropriate for "their" state and carry them back to their states where they present those "Bills" as proposed state law(s). 20% of those "Bills" later become law in the various states - and we are made to live by them.

This is what is happening now across our nation as ALEC and their corporate elite hurry to take advantage of their successes in the 2010 election cycle, while the rest of us are distracted by our economy, lack of jobs, low wages and just simply trying to feed our families.  Through the Voter I.D. legislation ALEC has circulated to every state now, they hope to further reduce those who can vote against them in the future, knowing that passage of their Model Legislative Act will result in disenfranchising more than 20 million students, elderly and low income voters that normally vote Democratic.

I could go on and list all of the model legislation that has been thrown in all our faces over the past year (not to mention those that from 1980 have been disseminated and now are in place across the U.S.) but by now we're all familiar with them.  What we need to put our efforts in is abolishing ALEC altogether.  Many of us have come together to do just that through our Protest Alec initiative.  Please consider joining us in our efforts of exposing and eliminating ALEC from our legislative landscape. In the meantime something else we can do, is to inform others that in the upcoming election cycle (2012) there are currently two Presidential Candidates who are clearly ALEC representatives: Newt Gingrich (ALEC Alumni) and Herman Cain (ALEC affiliate).  Here are videos of both representing the interests of ALEC:

As we continue to battle against the Republicans over the Debt Ceiling and other important issues - keep this in mind also: Speaker Boehner and House Majority Leader, Cantor are also former ALEC members:

and Boehner mentions ALEC every chance he gets in reference to policy (at 1:05 of video):

In this way, ALEC's agenda are advanced openly as  part of important ongoing government discussions.  These attempt by Boehner and Cantor are nothing more than an effort to legitimize ALEC in the eyes of the voting public.  Let's not be taken in by this false legitimacy.

Today all of us are clearly in a war.  The weapons used in this war aren't guns, knives and smart bombs - instead it is legislation to imprison us and use our labor for their profits, to steal our remaining freedoms, limit our ability to vote and demolish the voice of labor in America.  The the enemy is not in some distant land, rather they're right here in our cities, towns, communities and the U.S. Congress.  They tell us over and over again they represent our interests, but this claim is utterly false.  These ALEC members serve the needs and desires of the corporate elite alone.  They are elected by us but once in office switch their alliances from the public to those who fatten their bank and campaign accounts, treat them to lavish "Summits" and Annual Conferences where they are wined, dined and given new marching orders.  All of this paid for by the  corporate members of ALEC.  It is sick, insidious and is ruining us as a country and a society.

We have to understand, ALEC members - corporate and legislative - do not represent the interests of their constituents, their state or even our U.S. Government.  They represent the interests of American and Multinational companies and corporations.  When we listen to pundits speaking about the Republican actions and activities, we have to keep in mind that they are speaking as if the Republican agenda is one that addresses those views and interests of the Republican party in general, and the Conservative right in particular.  This is not the case - ALEC and their Alumni in Congress, no longer represent their party, constituents or the U.S. government - they now represent the interests of the corporate elite.  Any analysis of Republican party activities or attempts to determine their purpose, has to take this fact into consideration.  If we examine their behavior based upon the agenda of corporatists, the determinations we come up with are entirely different than those fed to us by the pundits.  We only have to look backward over the past couple of years to see that in many instances it has appeared that Republicans have deliberately shot themselves in the foot on issues.  They have adopted positions, only to abandon them when their demands have been met by the Dems or the President.  They have taken up positions that just simply did not make sense from a political perspective and often times were in direct conflict with accepted Republican ideology.  So when analyzing their behavior, we should do so with the knowledge that quite possibly their position(s) have more to do with the wishers of corporations, rather than the party or most of the membership.

For example: with ALEC's expansion on the international stage, it is in the corporate membership's  best interest to work toward collapsing the world economy, and that's possibly what is currently on their agenda as they fight against raising the U.S. debt ceiling.  If governments collapse and become bankrupt - the multi-national corporations and their owners expect to be the last man standing...the only source of accumulated wealth left in the world.  They will be in a position use that wealth to recreate governments in a manner consistent with their vision.  Is this possible? Yes.  Would collapsing the world economy, help billionaire coproratists? Yes - if you control the only ball in the game, you also control the game.  Is this the agenda the corporations are pushing for? Possibly - and I hope I'm wrong in my assessment.

If you think this is not possible...or not realistic, continue to watch as the world fight over economy escalates and becomes more intense as the August deadline approaches...

Originally posted to Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 12:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, In Support of Labor and Unions, Earthship Koch, Exposing ALEC, and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  The interactive map is fascinating. (6+ / 0-)

    It is hard to read when expanded, but I guess that's kind of the point. What a tangled web...

    'Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.' -John Steinbeck

    by Eddie L on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 12:57:55 PM PDT

    •  I know, that is what is so scary about this outfit (7+ / 0-)

      and their connections to hundreds of others all with an agenda that opposes public needs or the democratic process.  And they have ALL the money!

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 01:03:00 PM PDT

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    •  This is VERY IMPORTANT work... (3+ / 0-)

      ... here, that Bob has started loading into Muckety.

      Others have been collecting data on various tools as well, also important. This is WORK, it's not fun or simple, but driven by the awareness of how dangerous ALEC and it's impacts are, many of us are driven and determined.

      Bob, and many of you continue to provide the "verses", rather than just tweeting the "choruses" that reveal what ALEC is and why is a serious problem. The verses of ALEC swan-song will be issue by issue, State by State, Rep by Rep.  

      Pieces focused on solid investigations in narrow scope on specific ALEC members and models are 'verses'. And yeah, they are LONG, DETAILED and have a bunch of FACTS (that have to be investigated, verified and documented) you have to read them, and it's hard work to put them together like NPR did in their series of stories. We need tools to do this on a vastly larger scale.

      We have now a bunch of 10-20 pages overview reports on ALEC, like the new PFAW report and that's great. But it's not enough. We need details and data so activists can take tailored information to target in their State or districts. National messaging, layered on actionable info at the local level.

      IMHO, which is shared with a few others, in order to get the ALEC problem to the next level of national awareness, we will have to use technology - to create new images, interactive maps, tools, databases, etc to demonstrate the "disease" spreading through our Nation.

      The agenda that is driven by the PROCESSES, SYSTEMS and SERVICES setup and administrated by ALEC, supported by the 'vast right-wing conspiracy' (for lack of better term) and Heritage-based State level think tanks, and the SPN must be put into images and simple narratives anyone in 20 seconds can comprehend, and then drill down into in a manner relevant to them.  To do this it gets messy and complex, but from this WORK, we can create messaging that shows how all this works, and why it's one of the most serious threats to Jeffersonian democracy out there.

      Also comment BELOW.

      ALEC, in it's latest form, has been produced by the conservative/libertarian/mega-wealthy/Koch el al funded INDUSTRY. It is complex and increasingly effective.

      We will post something (sort of an update) on the use of technologies to the Exposing ALEC group shortly.

      And YES we need an organization to step forward, or we need to MAKE ONE, that can do this (with a brave legal team) in an organized manner like in Ray and Bob's discussion above.

      Too long - Sorry, shouldn't have had that third cup of Joe this morning. But 'ALEC is pissing me off'.

      •  LOL Hector join the pissed off by ALEC for (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Hector Solon, Angie in WA State

        breakfast bunch!

        I have a suggestion - and I know I came to this ALEC crossroads through my research and investigation of prison issues - but a group out here doing GREAT work on a multitude of issues involving Koch, ALEC and their legislative ghostwriting...funding and investing in private prison companies - is the Brave New Foundation.

        I have been speaking with one of their story producers and she asked if their group could participate in the protest in NO, so I put her in contact with both the Cincy and NO organizers.

        Since this organization is already putting out videos about Koch, ALEC and their writing harmful legislation involving immigration incarceration, I would suggest we find a way to merge our efforts with theirs.  I know it is difficult to marry two such efforts together, but where the core issue involves the same players both would benefit from the efforts of all concerned.

        Here are links: here, here, here, here and here on what they've been doing through affiliation with separate groups, acting as coordinator and organizer.  Wells Fargo is now attempting to defend themselves in the last one.

        The embarrassment they're causing BOA, Wells Fargo and CCA and Geo is making waves and we should find a way to participate - especially since they are affiliated with Brave New Films and are producing filming of the activities and activism.

        Just a thought...

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

        by Bob Sloan on Sat Jul 02, 2011 at 09:32:13 AM PDT

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        •  Have been looking at their stuff... (0+ / 0-)

          ... may be more than just a good thought.

          •  Thanks Hector...if Protest Alec founders want to (1+ / 0-)
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            propose forming our own 501(c)(3) to take our activities national and take on ALEC, Koch and the rest of that crew, we are going to need boots on the ground.  By coordinating with another group already established with many members and lots of participants already involved and on the ground, we could merge our efforts with theirs and possibly attract more attention in a shorter amount of time - to the benefit of both groups.  This is ideal since both of us have similar goals against the same groups and individuals and so merging together would be simpler and allow for instant growth of membership as well as concentration of attention to similar issues.

            If BNF joins us in NO in August and the outcome is beneficial and satisfactory to all concerned, we'll have a better idea of how to proceed.  Neither group can afford to push the other's issues to the back, rather one should enhance and promote the other.

            I'm sending out a proposal for the group - and specifically our college students - that I think can be used immediately prior to NO and have a HUGE impact upon one of ALEC's Private Enterprise Board members.  Look for an email in the group section later tonight.

            "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

            by Bob Sloan on Sat Jul 02, 2011 at 12:22:08 PM PDT

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  •  thanks Bob (5+ / 0-)

    Looking forward to clicking on all that stuff later.

    Meanwhile, yes- everywhere I went looking for ALEC, I found Herman Cain just rounding the corner...

  •  You are scaring me, Bob.... (3+ / 0-)

    ...sigh. /what the fuck are we to do?

    This better be good. Because it is not going away.

    by DerAmi on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 01:18:28 PM PDT

    •  the surprising thing is that some (5+ / 0-)

      perfectly intelligent, educated voters I know never heard of this before. I think of my parents in particular, but also, actually, everyone else I have told it to 'never heard that before.' When I showed them the paper I wrote about it, they were surprised but also ready to believe it. So I would say that the first thing to do is simply tell people. Don't assume that anyone knows about this because, it seems, most people don't.

      •  Ready to believe it (3+ / 0-)

        That's actually a big step, that people see the info, and are finally ready to believe it. Three trends accelerate this readiness:

        First, good research and the availability of information helps us make a stronger case. Better tools and reporting requirements help us discover the truth. These diaries and papers help tie the information together into an explainable story.

        Second, hearing the information from a trusted friend or relative make the story easier to take. More of us are connected to sources of information such as these diaries, and are therefore able to share them with friends.

        Third, directly suffering from the results helps one see the perpetrators more clearly. As more of us struggle against the tilted playing field, we'll be readier to understand the causes.

        I guess it's up to us to help the first two trends hit faster than the third.

        Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

        by chimpy on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 03:30:48 PM PDT

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  •  Who would be the ones to look into (3+ / 0-)

    ALEC's tax status, DOJ or Treasury (IRS) ? What kind of citizen action would help start the process ?

    •  Those are two germane and important (7+ / 0-)

      questions I don't have the answers to.  I would suspect the IRS would be the natural place to turn.  They issue these exemptions and are supposed to verify that tax exempt organizations are not violating the provisions.  Of course ALEC and their minions have worked year by year to change and expand the IRS code to the point that just about anything they want to do is not considered legal.

      I think on possible manner of causing a review of ALEC by the IRS would be to begin a citizen campaign of protesting to the IRS about the ALEC status.  Possibly starting in NO in August with signs calling out the IRS for not properly categorizing ALEC due to their unlimited lobbying.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 01:56:40 PM PDT

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    •  If there was a way... (0+ / 0-)

      ... to go after this, I think that Trial Lawyers, would have done it in 2010 or even earlier. They go the deepest into making statements against the charity status.

  •  Excellent diary, especially the maps (6+ / 0-)

    Whatever we can do to delve into this labyrinth of evil, we'd better do it sooner rather than later, as they will likely be buying up other parts of our legislative and judicial system, as well as the media and any private sector groups who could get to the truth.

    Keep up the good work, Bob. We ignore this proliferating takeover at our peril.

    You cannot enlighten the unconscious.

    by cassandracarolina on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 01:49:37 PM PDT

  •  Why haven't Wiki, Anonymous, Lulz or somebody (1+ / 0-)

    hacked those villians, and shown their very dirty laundry to the world?

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 02:10:35 PM PDT

    •  You know I wonder the same thing by the day. (5+ / 0-)

      It's as if those who could easily expose them - and should have a desire to do so - have a hands off attitude where ALEC is concerned.  Sort of makes me wonder if these groups somehow have a connection to those we're combating.  I know that is crazy, but when I went to Muckety and found they have nothing on ALEC - while everything on Koch, Heritage, CNP and the others - and they haven't responded to my questions as to the absence of ALEC from their site, they don't respond.  I know others have begged Anonymous to help us expose them but they too remain silent.  Wiki has a lot on ALEC, including links to our protest in Cincy in April...but they don't go into great detail.  They do however link them back to Weyrich and Koch.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 02:23:26 PM PDT

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  •  What a tangled web they weave. eom (2+ / 0-)
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    chimpy, nuclear winter solstice

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 02:19:25 PM PDT

  •  Bob, this is a very important public service you (6+ / 0-)

    are providing.  It clearly shows that there is a conspiracy going on to undermine the democratic institutions of the country, and exert an increasing level of control on many institutions in the country.  To the detriment of the people.

    •  Thanks Ray - but I'm only one of a group here (5+ / 0-)

      dedicated to exposing their activities of taking over the government by legislating them out of power - to replace them with corporatism.  Stay involved and in the conversation to help us along this path of exposing such a corrupt group.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 02:26:35 PM PDT

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      •  I'll definitely follow the work your are doing. I (6+ / 0-)

        am also interested to form or join a think-tank type of group focused on finding ways to encourage average people to join together to take direct action against this takeover.

        The focus would be on identifying the steps necessary to motivate regular people to join what I call a very focused, disciplined, and well organized resistance movement.

        It would include research, public relations and outreach, media, freedom of information act requests, legal, and ongoing (and massive protests) for a sustained period of time (weeks, months, years) until these people are brought down.

        Easier said than done, I know.  I'm aware that the prospects for a movement like this to take hold are almost impossible.  But, that's why it appeals to me...

        Anyways, any advice would be welcome.  Or if you know of a group like this, let me know.  So far I haven't see one yet.

        The problem with only focusing on protests is that they don't seem to be that affective... Even in Greece and the U.K. and Spain, with protests with hundreds of thousands of people, the banksters and their bought-off governments are plunging ahead.

        This thing needs to be taken on in a multi-faceted, multi-pronged, organized, disciplined, and sustained approach.

        Anyways, again, any advice would be welcome.

        •  Ray take a look at the new group out there (6+ / 0-)

          called the Brave New Foundation.  They are taking on a multitude of issues including social issues and exposing the Koch brothers, and ALEC. Right now they have a campaign ongoing called a divestment campaign, calling on banks, investment houses and investors to divest themselves of CCA and Geo Group stocks they own (private prison companies) over the Immigration legislation in Az. and elsewhere.  I joined and I believe they are working with Protest Alec to take part in NO in August at our protest.  They intend to film the protest and turn it into a documentary.

          "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

          by Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 03:05:03 PM PDT

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          •  Thank you. I will definitely check them out. Here (2+ / 0-)

            is what's worrying me a little bit...

            An appropriate reaction to the level of outright criminality and the ensue brutality to which the citizenry is being subjected to, calls for a massive and sustained "push" back.  Like for example, right now there should have been tens of thousands of people in Washington, D.C., or in Wall Street in an ongoing and massive protest.  Behind that there should have been tons of lawyers (joined together from all the liberal-leaning organizations) filing hundreds of lawsuits and actions around the country.

            There should be a very well-organized public relations and media campaign, and behind that researchers, economists, Academicians, scientists, writers.

            There should be the vanguard, made up of hard-core activists, "agitators".

            All this under the umbrella of a very well-organized, focused, and disciplined leadership group.

            I look around and a lot of great organizations are doing great work, but my take is that it's piecemeal (in a way).  Their focus, and effect is diluted, and hence ineffective (IMO).

            My point is that I think part of it is that people don't realize what we are dealing with here, and how hight the stakes are.

            In my opinion, we are dealing with nothing less than a small group of people on the verge of taking over the entire government, destroying the middle class, and enslaving people.

            I just don't see a sense of urgency amongst the leaders of many of these movements.

            In the meantime, the takeover is being consolidated at blinding speed.

            Anyways, that's my take.  But I'll definitely check out the Brave New Foundation.

            •  Ray one thing that must be taken into account in (3+ / 0-)

              your description of what needs to be done - money.  Following the collapse of our economy over the mortgage crisis and associated financial difficulties, we in the middle class suffered a substantial financial wounding - our retirement, pensions, 401K's, home equity and jobs took tremendous hits and reduced our liquidity to zip.

              While we struggle to overcome that financial debacle and recover, the corporatists were sitting back with their money safe.  They held their hands out, offering to help us recover if we'd bail them out of the mess.  We complied and put billions in their collective hands and they kept the money, refusing to loan it or reinvest it through local loans to those of us in desperate need.

              All of the wealth is in one corner of our society today and that makes it difficult for those of us bordering on becoming homeless - and already jobless - to take the time away from securing our homes and families and dedicate that time to protesting.  Even though it appears to be a disorganized push-back that is ongoing, keep in mind that thousands have been demonstrating, protesting and doing what they can, every since Walker took over in Wisconsin in January and began to force ALEC's agenda down the throats of the citizens and all workers.  We've had continuous demonstrations here in Indy for months, as has been occurring in Ohio, Michigan and many other states.

              I think all of this activism ongoing nationwide is great, considering it's being done on a shoestring, by donations from those of us wishing we could do more.  On the other side of the argument, ALEC is operating with millions in their coffers and those such as Koch in their corner willing to dump millions more into the pot to get their way.  Sadly today everything costs us: elections, campaigns, gas through the roof, food costs nearly prohibitive...and ALEC relies upon those facts to maintain an edge, with their access to unlimited funding.

              That's why I suggested the Brave New Foundation.  They have brought together several activism groups focusing on separate issues and put them under one umbrella.  Here are two articles about their ongoing divestment campaign that just appeared this morning: http://texascivilrightsreview.org/... and http://narcosphere.narconews.com/... and t his one from the 1st: http://austin.indymedia.org/....

              Also, now more and more state Lawmakers who have had no support of their speaking out in the past, have begun to call ALEC out in their home papers: http://www.seacoastonline.com/... and calling out Coke's involvement with ALEC: http://www.winningprogressive.org/...

              I think they're doing pretty good against the billionaires!

              "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

              by Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 03:47:28 PM PDT

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              •  Thank you Bob... I do think that eventually (0+ / 0-)

                people will rise up.  Maybe things need to get a little worst, a I guess.  Also, it may be that all the forces (of light) are coming together now and soon we'll see the type of uprising needed to effectively confront the situation.

                The end result of course needs to be a dislodging of the creepy hands of the corporatist overlords from our necks.

            •  there has not been a rule of LAW in America (0+ / 0-)

              for a very long time.

              For example: In order to buy a $3000 mobile home, we worked for 9 months to get the paperwork corrected all the way back to the 1970s, including having our lawyer locate a person who's signature was missing from a quarter of a century ago who turned out to be in a witness protection program. Then we paid the county filing fees and did every last little thing to make sure the title was free and clear.
                   Was that a huge effort for a miniscule thing in the grand scheme? Yessiree. But it was also the principle of the thing. We did what the law required and paid all the fees.

              Who signed off on MERS?

        •  Ray and anyone else... (0+ / 0-)

          ... with these exact thoughts - Kos message me and we will talk.

          See also comment above.

          This is PRECISELY how we feel. Who or what org is going to step up and create the infrastructure and teams to SERIOUSLY put the bite on these bastards (sorry, but that's the best word)?

          Working on this, but it's not enough... yet.

  •  Bob - what a great represetnation (7+ / 0-)

    of the depth of the issues, connections and problems we faced in defeating this monster that has been created.

    You bring up ALEC and International for the first time here on DKos - Thank You.  Please allow me to "stir the pot"  a little (for the time being) with this quote from Inside  ALEC magazine July 2008

    QUOTE
    The common conservative mistrust of the United Nations is well-known. While there are many reservations one may have regarding the organization, two of the strongest and most often-cited are these: First, at its core, the UN exists fundamentally to forfeit the sovereignty of nations in favor of the consensus of the international community. The notion of handing U.S. sovereignty off to any other power is anathema to many of us, and rightly so. Second, the UN has demonstrated that it is often unable to efficiently implement the powers and regulations it has pursued. Even if one is concerned with the purpose of the organization, there is cause for even greater concern regarding whether the UN is capable of carrying out that purpose well and wisely.

    This is why ALEC aims to apply for membership as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in consultative status with the UN. If successful, our voice would be added to a chorus of over 3,000 organizations, including the AARP, the American Psychological Association, Lawyers Without Borders, and the Salvation Army. Achieving consultative status with the UN would give ALEC a new and unique edge in its mission to defend itself and its clients against governments, policies, and global trends that continue to challenge our individual liberties and free market interests.

    ALEC will gain the ability to craft an international agenda, publicly repudiate misinformation, and begin identifying and connecting with allies we have not yet even met. While both getting our message across and ensuring that it does not fall on deaf ears are labor-intensive tasks, both are also critical to the survival and expansion of our international outreach. We should jump at every opportunity to build new bridges. The future of Jeffersonian ideals requires a new medium and new ways of thinking about how to build relationships and communicate our message. The opportunities presented, and the benefits gained, by achieving consultative status imposes on ALEC the obligation to begin considering a dramatic expansion of our role in the international sphere.
    UNQUOTE

    Thank you so much for your dedication and hard work - with all the work this entailed I hope you enjoyed putting the mappings together.

    •  Thanks "99" LOL lil play on Get Smart there - (2+ / 0-)

      It took time to build the ALEC map, as they have no info on them at Muckety.  They other maps were provided by them with information already on hand, so those links between all the families, foundations, Weyrich and the likes of Cheney were already there and I only needed to search for the map.

      To be honest, the fact that if we could put all the affiliates, associates, funders, corporations and lawmakers in one map, it would entail literally tens of thousands of boxes and that has started to scare the b-Jesus out of me - the simple size of the organization they have put together.  They fact they have been able to do this silently, without notice or government interference over a thirty year period is not just amazing, it is literally spooky.  When I saw all the names and connections pop up when Heritage Foundation, Cheney and Halliburton were put in with Weyrich I about fell off my chair!  Especially when the "Bush recount team" had several of the same member's names involved.   It really is a cabal...

      Like you and Ohiodem1, Manfrommiddletown and a dozen others, I'm just doing my part.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 03:13:16 PM PDT

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  •  Off to dinner...will continue the discussion (0+ / 0-)

    in a couple of hours.

    "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

    by Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 03:52:29 PM PDT

  •  Fun with Muckety (2+ / 0-)
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    I've found that Muckety can be interesting, but it isn't current and none of the secretive shadow organizations and money launderers show up. Besides, people can get the authorization needed to remove references to people and organizations.

    I've tried and tried to get folks to understand that this whole right wing organization is not a conspiracy theory. It is, in fact, a full fledged conspiracy.

    The problem is that the reasons that were used to justify organizing the right wing machinery are conspiracy theories. The notion that Democrats are evil socialist communist anti-Christs is a conspiracy theory. The notion that those on the left are baby-killers is a conspiracy theory bolstered by simpleton religious idealogy. Gay-bashing seems to be a right wing hobby based on some kind of weird conspiracy theory or religious distortion. Logical fallacies are everywhere in these CT's.

    Some of the fear is based on religious and political idealogies. Some of the fear manifests in greed or racism. Some of the fear is simply due to paranoid thinking and gullibility to fear-mongering. The list is large. But the reasons for the fear isn't all that important. It's the fear itself that is being exploited.

    The right wing machinery is a full fledged group of organizations that conspire to take down the left. Although they fear the left based on CT's, the money and the people involved are very real.

    You're showing a few of the names on Muckety. Documentation about their agenda is available from multiple public sources and from the people themselves. They are proud of what they do. They are, in their own little minds, saving the country from whatever they fear.

    What I find most useful in Muckety is that it is a way for me to find out business and family relationships that would otherwise be difficult to figure out. I've been digging a lot deeper into the mud than most. Often, I just find a dead end. Once in a while, I strike a golden link in the chain.

    I also go deep into these families and their history. Schools, colleges, universities, military service, industries, friends, fraternities and sororities, where they lived, etc. I've even searched newspaper archives and school yearbooks.

    I've found some very interesting facts in Paul Weyrich's background that show when and how he was influenced to connect politics and religious ferver into a national movement. I've figured out when and where Weyrich met the Coors family and where other family members and friends learned about tying political and religious conservatives together. A single newspaper clipping about Weyrich and his best fraternity friend travelling to a wedding opened up a huge can of worms for me. Other clippings describe Weyrich's early involvment in politics.

    One highly influencial figure in Weyrich's early political education was former WI Gov. Warren Knowles who suggested that Democrats were winning elections because they were highly organized and well funded (Knowles actually believed this, oddly). He thought that the WI Republicans should stop trying to convert people into their way of thinking. At the time, this closely mirrored the beliefs of the John Birch Society and they regarded Joe McCarthy as a superhero (sort of like Reagan is today). They truly were terrified that President Kennedy was a secret Communist.

    Knowles suggested that the Republican Party needed to form a large, well funded organization that was less oriented toward specific items on their agenda, but should focus more on general high level idealistic goals. He specifically suggested that conservative religious groups could form a loyal segment of such an organization by exploiting their fundamental religious fears.

    Knowles didn't participate much in the initial stages as far as I can tell, but a young WI Assemblyman candidate did. That was Tommy Thompson, ultimately a co-founder of ALEC and a Hertitage Foundation senior founding fellow (I think). I've actually met Warren Knowles and shook his hand. If I knew then what I know now,,,,

    I know you've read Weyrich's manifesto that forms the basis of the Heritage Foundation agenda and strategy. I heartily suggest studying this document in depth. It describes exactly what's been growing since about 1956. Weyrich learned this stuff in 1959-61 intitially.

    It turns out that he learned the details from writings and lectures by an early conservative Christian leader. It turns out that this very same leader taught and lectured to Rev. Llewellyn Walker, Gov. Scott Walker's father.

    This was a jaw-dropping moment for me. The Weyrich manifesto includes the exact wording from this original source. Scott Walker's campaign web site also quoted this same source.

    I hesitate to name names and point to these sources on a public forum such as Daily Kos. I pointed to several lists of names and sources in previous comments on this subject. Within a couple of days, the material got removed from those sites. Not before I captured it, of course. And the Internet Archives still have some of this stuff. But it's clear to me that Heritage et al watch Daily Kos very closely. This is good.

    I wish I could be in NO with everyone. ALEC is more of an immediate threat right now and pushback is very important. The right wing secretive organization is the root problem, though.

    The IRS 501.c(3) "education" exemption seems to have been written specifically for all of these organizations. It's not just ALEC, rather it's ALL of them. It's not just the Koch brothers, either. I don't think it's possible to fix this particular problem. It would take an act of Congress or a constitutional amendment. This just isn't going to happen.

    The best we can do right now is to expose the lazy legislators and the bribery that's going on. Get them out of office. Let voters know about ALEC. Tie them to the Republican agenda.

    And that's what you and I and others are doing. We can undo the right wing wrecking machine this way.

    Enough of my rant, already. You got me all fired up again, Bob.

    Here's a thought: Demand that all candidates pledge not to join ALEC.

    "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 05:34:51 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the history and insight, Grumpy... (2+ / 0-)
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      It's good to know and therefore have an opportunity to understand how all this came about way back when.  It truly appears to be something passed on from one generation to the next - as in the Walker case.

      Doesn't make it any less evil or insidious, but from your narrative it is easy to see that these families have a tendency to pass their political views and relationships on to their progeny along with their wealth.

      Problem is Muckety is the closest source we have for identifying the relationships - like ALECWatch, it is out of date and subject to erasure or revision, much like others do on Wikipedia to try and clean up their history.  That's one thing I've learned the Con's and NeoCons are good at,  their ability to change history: Jefferson, the reason for the Civil War, etc.  If left alone our entire history and heritage will have changed by the next generation.

      It would be a good idea if we could get all candidates to pledge not to join ALEC...but I'm afraid the outcome would be to simply drive them even deeper underground.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 08:10:43 PM PDT

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  •  You've given us a map of the Vast Right Wing (0+ / 0-)

    Conspiracy.

    Now all we need to do is use that map to take it out!

    Obama: At least he gives a good speech.

    by Permanent Republican Minority on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 05:46:39 PM PDT

  •  Don't u love muckety maps??? (2+ / 0-)
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    Clio2, Bob Sloan

    great job here, Bob. So glad you remember to save your work to EK. We're collecting quite a remarkable indictment over there, much thanks to you.

    Hopes to be Reporting LIVE from Durban @COP17 ...

    by boatsie on Sat Jul 02, 2011 at 01:19:41 AM PDT

    •  No problem Boatsie as I come across data and (1+ / 0-)
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      links that include the Koch's I always try and fit it into the diaries so it can be cross posted and read by a diverse readership.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Sat Jul 02, 2011 at 09:34:33 AM PDT

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  •  Best quote and great message... (1+ / 0-)
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    Bob Sloan

    ... in this line:

    "When we listen to pundits speaking about the Republican actions and activities, we have to keep in mind that they are speaking as if the Republican agenda is one that addresses those views and interests of the Republican party in general, and the Conservative right in particular.  This is not the case - ALEC and their Alumni in Congress, no longer represent their party, constituents or the U.S. government - they now represent the interests of the corporate elite."

    Perfect.

  •  Thanks Bob nt (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sun Jul 03, 2011 at 08:53:09 AM PDT

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