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)
See sidebar for some specific examples.
The Hijacking of Charter Schools:
A noted educator describes how ALEC legislators in North Carolina and Senate Bill 337 advance the interests of profit-making corporations while undermining public education in our state.
The pending charter school legislation does not reflect any clamor from North Carolina residents. To the contrary, Republican leaders have essentially downloaded model legislation formulated by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing corporate group that mounted a multi-prong attack on public education throughout the country.