What is ALEC?
ALEC is American Legislative Exchange Council, which was established in 1973 in Washington DC. Their motto, then and now, continues to be "Limited Government, Free Markets, Federalism". Based upon their ongoing actions, this can actually be interpreted to mean a far right wing agenda that infringes on the rights of all Americans. ALEC is a very powerful non-profit 501C organization that is actually much more powerful than a traditional lobbying group. ALEC is funded by a variety of profitable and influential major US corporation, as listed below on the boycott list.
What is ALEC trying to do?
ALEC is attempting to influence legislators at the state level to initiate legislation that supports a far right wing agenda. This influence is done via heavy-handed funding of selected politicians. ALEC has nine task forces that are designed to influence legislators to back measures that support their corporate interests. The organization indicates that they have 2,000 legislative members and 300 or more corporate members. Corporations benefit from the efforts of ALEC in that legislation is enacted that support their best interests. This includes tobacco legislation, Health Savings Account laws and the privatization of education. Their efforts are very far reaching and they have been successful in their efforts to buy the politics of this great nation.
ALEC actually drafts legislation themselves and forwards to lawmakers for implementation. Recently this has focused on voter ID laws which is seen by most political analysts as a method to suppress the democratic vote as it targets the poor and elderly. It should come as a surprise to no one that ALEC and Koch Brothers work very closely together, to the detriment of our political system.
BOTTOM LINE: ALEC IS MANIPULATING THE POLITICAL CLIMATE OF OUR COUNTRY BY ENGAGING IN FISCAL TERRORISM
BOYCOTT ALEC: Here is a partial list of their main and largest corporations. This listing will be updated as companies back away from the group and completely sever ties
American Bail Coalition
American Traffic Solutions **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
Arizona Public Service **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
Bank of America
Blue Cross/Blue Shield **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
Coca-Cola **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
Energy Future Holdings Corp.
Gates Foundation **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
Intuit Inc. **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
Johnson & Johnson
Kraft Foods **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
McDonalds **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
PepsiCo**UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
Proctor and Gamble **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
Reed Elsevier Inc.
Salt River Project
State Farm Insurance
United Parcel Service
YUM Brands (Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut) **UPDATE: COMPANY HAS CUT TIES
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Boycott ALEC Corporations
Please stay tuned...this blog will evolve and will include contact information for each of the listed corporations. If you have an opinion with regards to this situation, please comment below. If you have additional questions that I can investigate and report for you regarding ALEC, please include that as well. Thanks!