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Media shines light on ALEC, its allies, and its destructive agenda for America

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by Brian Washington

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Local reporters across the nation are starting to ask questions about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) following a report last week that the conservative, right-wing group, known for promoting the agenda of rich fat cats over the rights of American workers, is facing some serious financial troubles.

Reporters are also taking a closer look at the State Policy Network (SPN), a web of local affiliates that promote themselves as independent “think tanks” but, in reality, are really some of the most active members and largest sponsors of ALEC.

ALEC and SPN squash democracy by scheming with corporate CEOs and right-wing, conservative politicians to push its “model legislation” in state legislatures across the country. However, the media is starting to catch on. Check out some of the negative press ALEC and SPN are generating across the country:

Some of the policies that undermine middle-class families and shortchange students that are being promoted by ALEC and SPN include legislation that would do the following:

  • Privatize public education
  • Deny workers a voice on the job
  • Defund public services; and
  • Disenfranchise communities of color.

Last week, a large group of protesters rallied in support of students, working families, and public education outside the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington, DC, the site where ALEC held its annual meeting.

Check out the topic page on Education Votes dedicated to ALEC, where you can learn more about ALEC and SPN, including how both are working to drive more students into poverty and rob them of the chance to get a quality public education.

TAKE ACTION:  If journalists in your area have not reported on ALEC and its destructive, corporate agenda, call them up and find out why.

 

Reader Comments

  1. Kerry Hyman

    The unscrupulous methods that the right has employed to propagandize the masses with partisan rhetoric is a strategy that springs from Heubeck and Weyrich’s manifesto: “The Integration of Theory and Practice.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Integration_of_Theory_and_Practice

    Their use of misinformation, disinformation, deception, and divide and conquer tactics have been very effective in creating confusion within the electorate. The manifesto basically boils down to the used of a relentless messaging that undermines any credibility in the opposition. Truth, accuracy, and facts are all casualties of this war on the left. The only requirement is that the message be made with conviction, and that it be pounded home relentlessly at every opportunity, with the belief that the ends justify the means, even as they prate on and on about their love of righteousness and social issues like gun rights, free speech, reproductive issues, and other social issues to deceive a gullible electorate, when a close look at their voting record reveals that their first and only true love is to profit protecting and the furtherance of the interests of BIG $$$ (Super PACS) and the corporatization of America.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM

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  2. Nancy Porter

    It takes awhile, but the educated look for the answers and will take no less than the truth! Thank you, hard working citizens, for putting the pressure on to make a positive difference! We may not have the billions of dollars but we have the real “think tanks”!

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  3. susan johnston

    i am so glad that ALEC is exposed. they promoted the 1% agenda………..against women, anti-union, and way too conservative!

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