The September 28 edition of our local Independent newsweekly has an informative article on ALEC. A primer on ALEC, its influence and its presence in North Carolina by Ned Barnett.
This blog is my attempt to gather information about the growing influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on the laws and legislative process in North Carolina and on the future of the state and all who live here.
The intended audience is North Carolinians and the bright, brave folks all over the country who are working so hard to bring the activities of ALEC under public scrutiny. Despite its clever use of patriotic-sounding buzz-words, the motives driving ALEC seem to have little to do with old-time Conservatism and a lot to do with profiteering and the devolution of our democracy into a new corporacracy.
My intended purpose is to be helpful. I confess that I am deeply distressed by what I have discovered about ALEC over the past several months. I will, however, do my best to stick to the facts and keep my feelings out of it. To paraphrase Julia Cameron, facts are our friends – they’re not always nice friends, but they’re loyal.
“I don’t want everybody to vote. . .”
See also A Brief History: ALEC’s Formation, Growth, and Transformation, from ALEC Watch.