Featuring North Carolina, Bill Moyers & Co explore how ALEC is writing states’ laws:
Ask state lawmakers to resign from ALEC
Progress NC has launched a new petition:
Be it resolved that:
- North Carolina should be governed according to the best interests of its people,not national business interests or ideological agendas.
- Our state’s laws should be created by North Carolinians in response to NC’s actual challenges, not issues created by those hoping to profit from them.
- Our government policies should not be manipulated and used as tools for boosting private sector revenue streams at the expense of our state’s citizens.
In short, the American Legislative Exchange Council has no business shaping and setting North Carolina’s laws!
Shining sunlight on a secretive lobby group in North Carolina
Nancy MacLean, PhD, provides historical background on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and warns of the dangers of its influence in North Carolina:
What ALEC and the companies that provide it with millions in operating funds seek is, in effect, a slow-motion corporate takeover of our democracy, first in the states where its party controls both the legislature and the governorship, as in North Carolina. But once its bills to suppress voter turnout take effect, the ultimate prize is to transform our entire country.”
Art Pope Groups Push Extreme ALEC Tax Agenda in North Carolina
Investigative report on how ALEC’s rich-get-richer agenda is behind NC’s brutal 2013 budget and tax plans.
Private conservative group ALEC Carries Sway in NC Legislature
A May 6, 2013 report in the Raleigh News & Observer provides new information on ALEC’s influence on North Carolina’s 2013 legislative session.
A handful of measures sponsored by North Carolina lawmakers this session include language identical to ALEC’s template legislation. At least two dozen more bills match the organization’s priorities and intent, if not its exact language – everything from requiring voter ID at the polls and allowing private school vouchers to repealing the federal health care law and prioritizing energy exploration.
ALEC’s role in North Carolina makes it a target for critics, particularly the think tank’s cozy relationship with business interests, who play a prominent, but mostly behind-the-scenes, role in crafting legislation alongside the roughly 50 North Carolina lawmakers listed as members. (Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/06/2875525/private-group-carries-sway-in.html#storylink=cpy)
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