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Have you heard of ALEC?  ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) poses a great danger to Democracy. The Center for Media and Democracy recently exposed ALEC, yet many remain unaware of it.

What is ALEC?

From the ALEC EXPOSED website:   ““ALEC” has long been a secretive collaboration between Big Business and conservative politicians. Behind closed doors they ghostwrite “model” bills to be introduced in state capitals across the country. This agenda—underwritten by global corporations—includes major tax loopholes for big industries, the super rich, proposals to offshore U.S. jobs and gut minimum wage and efforts to weaken public health, safety, and environmental protections. Although many of these bills have become law, until now, their origin has been largely unknown.”

Take a look at these important articles about ALEC, a driving force behind the loss of our Democracy.  Please spread the word far and wide!

1.     Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenue  http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

2.     ALEC EXPOSED     http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/About_ALEC_Exposed

3.     ALEC Exposed--How Corporations Are Taking Over Our Democracy http://www.progressive.org/rc071311.html

4.     Corporate America's TROJAN HORSE: The Untold Story Behind the American Legislative Exchange Council  http://alecwatch.org/11223344.pdf

5.     ALEC Exposed: State Legislative Bills Drafted by Secretive Corporate-Lawmaker Coalition http://www.truth-out.org/alec-exposed-state-legislative-bills-drafted-secretive-corporate-lawmaker-coalition/1310998736

6.     A Discreet Nonprofit Brings Together Politicians and Corporations to Write 'Model Bills' http://www.propublica.org/blog/item/a-discreet-nonprofit-brings-together-politicians-and-corporations-to-write-

7.     ALEC Exposed: Sabotaging Healthcarehttp://www.thenation.com/article/161975/sabotaging-healthcare  Excerpt of article here:http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/13-13

8.     WI: ALEC is Hazardous to our Health Carehttp://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/28/960833/-WI:-ALEC-is-Hazardous-to-our-Health-Care

9.     ALEC Exposed Website Reveals the Corporate Influence in State Legislation http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/118838/alec-exposed-website-reveals-the-corporate-influence-in-state-legislation/

10.  ALEC Politicians--Find Out Who's in ALEC! http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Politicians

11.  How Business Lobbies Bought All the Laboratories of Democracy http://www.salon.com/news/politics/republican_party/?story=/politics/war_room/2011/07/14/buying_state_laws

12.  Koch Brothers' ALEC Tentacles Creep Into Your State http://www.truth-out.org/koch-brothers-tentacles-your-state/1310997611

13.  ALEC Exposed: Milton Friedman's Little Shop of Horrorshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-bottari/alec-exposed-milton-fried_b_901029.html

14.  ALEC Exposed: State Legislative Bills Drafted by Secretive Corporate-Lawmaker Coalition http://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/15/alec_exposed_state_legislative_bills_drafted

15.  Letting the Sun Shine on Corporate America's Secret Political Arm http://alecwatch.org/

16.  At Last! But What Inspired Media Heat on ALEC?http://www.milwaukeelabor.org/in_the_news/article.cfm?n_id=00180

17.  Wisconsin Bills Connected to Koch Bros/ ALEC http://www.shortnews.com/start.cfm?id=90141

18.  Exposé: How Corporations and the Wealthy Write and Pass Bills at the State Level http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=22223


WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1.     ALEC Politicians--Find Out Who's in ALEC! http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Politicians

2.     Contact your Senators and Representatives. If they are on the list of ALEC politicians, confront them and work to defeat them in the next election. Spread the word in the media that they are on the ALEC politician list. Contact your legislators here:http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml  

3.     Tell Corporations To Dump ALEC!  http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/632/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7281


4.     Join the protest marches if you can. Protests Planned for ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans August 5th http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/119929/protests-planned-for-alec-annual-meeting-in-new-orleans-august-5th/

Fight corporate greed! March to the Marriott! August 5th http://protestalec.org/

5.     Send Letters to the Editor of your local and national Newspapers. Ask them why they aren’t reporting about this on the front pages of their newspapers. Locate media contact information here: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media

6.     Spread information about ALEC everywhere – Facebook, Twitter, blogs, social media sites, etc

 7.     If you have a website or blog, add links to ALEC EXPOSED:http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/About_ALEC_Exposed


We must join together. Our fight is about democracy, human rights, civil rights, and basic human decency.

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