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New report from The Guardian: Is ALEC in decline?

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

New report from The Guardian: Is ALEC in decline?

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin

• Rightwing lobby group appealing to major donors to return
• Internal documents reveal so-called ‘Prodigal Son Project’
• Network lost almost 400 state legislators over past two years

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North Carolina, member of “The United States of ALEC”?

June 22, 2013 Leave a comment

In case you missed it –

The United States of ALEC – by Bill Moyers (30 minute show)

How corporations are taking over state legislatures, including ours.

http://billmoyers.com/segment/united-states-of-alec/

Who are the REAL outsiders influencing NC politics?

June 18, 2013 Leave a comment

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Shining sunlight on a secretive lobby group in North Carolina

May 28, 2013 Leave a comment

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

May 28, 2013 Leave a comment

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.

ALEC Explained in Five Minutes

May 4, 2013 Leave a comment

 

ALEC Energy Task Force chair also director at Art Pope’s John Locke Foundation

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Last fall, the New Yorker  featured North Carolina’s Art Pope in its investigative report “State for Sale: A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina . . .”  Among other alarming facts, the report documents Pope’s long-standing relationship with the billionaire Koch brothers, who are known to be major backers of  the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  This article did not note the connection between Pope and ALEC, however. The website Art Pope Exposed, a project of the Institute for Southern Studies, provides some clues.

For example, in “Pope-backed climate deniers fight NC’s renewable energy programArt Pope Exposed reports that Daren Bakst, director of legal and regulatory studies and “chief climate-science denier” for Art Pope’s John Locke Foundation, is also  ALEC Energy Task Force chairperson.