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Video: ProgressVA Executive Director Explains “ALEC’s disturbing level of influence”


Per The Big Picture, here’s what Anna Scholl of ProgressVA is talking about (bolding added by me for emphasis):

According to a new report by the advocacy group Progress Virginia – lawmakers in Virginia have outsourced their jobs to the shadowy, Koch brothers-funded, corporate think tank known as ALEC – the American Legislative Exchange Council. In case you dont know what ALEC is – it’s an organization that brings together corporate CEOs and lobbyists with elected lawmakers to come up with custom-made legislation that benefits big polluters, job outsourcers, and banksters, and hurts unions, poor people, and voters. And apparently it’s found a friend in the Virginia General Assembly – where since 2007 – over 50 different pieces of legislation have been introduced that are exact carbon copies of ALEC written legislation. So what does it mean when corporate think tanks are in charge of writing out laws?

It means we’re no longer much of a Democracy, if we allow this garbage to continue, and if we don’t fight back!

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Our so-called “representative democracy” is representative of the monied elite that makes sure candidates for office represent its interests, funds those candidates in their runs for office, and uses contributions to purchase “access” and “influence.” If we operated that way, we could be charged with accepting bribes, but for politicians it’s just the way business is done.

  • glennbear

    With anyone having education or intellect being labeled “elitist” dumb politicians are now heroes to the far right e.g. – Rick Perry, Bush. With ALEC doing all the legwork formulating bills one can be REALLY ignorant and be assured that your elected position is safe. The Faux news watchers like “down to earth” (aka dumb bubba) non thinking politicians anyway.

  • totallynext

    Can you put a permanent link on front page ?  I think this is an organization blue VA readers will like to start following and donating to!