I have been waiting patiently for someone to post this - cause I wanted to see what your response and reaction was.
To be frank - I have not been able to wrap my head around the TOTAL impact of what I am about to tell you - so I come to you, looking forward to your comments and reactions.
Much of the work that has been done over the past years to expose ALEC has been done in many ways - mostly using ALEC documents.
Just some basic examples:
A listing of ALEC "model legislation" on ALEC Exposed was leaked by a whistleblower.WELL ....
The documentation of ALEC's role in gerrymandering congressional districts was achieved through a FoIA request.
Lists of ALEC BIG $$ sponsors were photographed out of the ALEC meeting programs.
Three separate IRS complaints were filed (Common Cause, Clergy Voice, Voters Legislative Transparency Project) using copies of actual ALEC documents.
A partial list of ALEC legislators were compiled by reviewing ALEC task Force minutes.
A report on the distribution of ALEC scholarship fundswas completed by using ALEC documents
ALEC is trying to shut the door on that.
At the last ALEC meeting - ALEC pulled something out the rabbit hat that supposedly shuts the door on what we are doing and tries to hide ALEC in the shadows again - all of it - every document produced by ALEC.
As reported last week at PR Watch -
ALEC's Latest "Transparency" Move: Asserting Immunity From Freedom of Information Laws
otherwise known by me as
ALEC gives FoIA the Finger
ALL documents that were distributed at the meeting last week included the following disclaimer - please read it carefully and digest the content:
© 2013 American Legislative Exchange Council. This document is the property of American Legislative Exchange Council (''ALEC"), and may not be copied or distributed without the express written permission of ALEC. Because this is an internal ALEC document ALEC believes it is not subject to disclosure under any state Freedom of Information or Public Records Act. Should you want to make copies, or if you receive a request for disclosure of this or any other ALEC document under your State's Freedom of lnformation or Public Records Act, please contact Michael J Bowman, Senior Director, Policy and Strategic lnitiatives, ALEC.(202) _________Every piece of material distributed by ALEC to ANY ALEC legislator now has this disclaimer on it - everything.
I look forward to your comments and reactions - because YOUR comments are the real DKos diary on this.
Go at it!