13 Jul '11, 7pm

ALEC's influence reaches into federal politics, environmental safety regulations: ~ @DeSmogBlog #meetALEC #ALECexposed

Before getting into the nuts and bolts of ALEC, it’s important to understand where they came from. ALEC was founded by conservative operative Paul Weyrich . After receiving a healthy dose of cash from conservative Joseph Coors to create the Heritage Foundation, Weyrich decided that a normal think tank like Heritage wasn’t enough to turn congress into a pro-business, anti-consumer organization. Heritage served as Weyrich’s machine to help develop and pass out talking points, but Heritage could only provide words – words that could easily be ignored. Weyrich knew that in order to make these words become actions, he would need the money to be able to convince Congress to vote how he and his corporate allies wanted them to. To do this, he would have to merge business and politics, literally. This merging gave birth to ALEC. Through his connections at the Heritage Foundation, a...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/alec-exposed-center-media-and-d...

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