The United States of ALEC
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The United States of ALEC, a video by Bill Moyers which explains how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is corrupting the democratic process in state legislatures throughout the country, including Kansas. Our friend Larry Weigel of Manhattan is leading a statewide effort to educate Kansas voters about recent ALEC-inspired bills passed in #ksleg. He will list the names of legislators with strong ties to ALEC. Come to ask your questions of Larry.
The “United States of ALEC” reports on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of us have never heard of – ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.
Using interviews, documents, and field reports, the episode explores ALEC’s self-serving machine at work, acting in a way one Wisconsin politician describes as “a corporate dating service for lonely legislators and corporate special interests.”
In state houses around the country, hundreds of pieces of boilerplate ALEC legislation are proposed or enacted that would, among other things, dilute collective bargaining rights, make it harder for some Americans to vote, and limit corporate liability for harm caused to consumers — each accomplished without the public ever knowing who’s behind it.