29 Jul '11, 8pm

Smart ALEC: How corporations screw you over behind closed doors

Smart ALEC: How corporations screw you over behind closed doors

The Nation and the Center for Media and Democracy recently blew the lid off a creepy corporate-backed group called the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC , which has been feeding biz-friendly legislation to conservative state legislators for decades. Since 1973, corporations like ExxonMobil, Kraft, Walmart, and the infamous Koch Industries have been using ALEC as a VIP shortcut to state legislative processes. The "exchange" consists of corporate reps working with legislators to draft paint-by-number bills that serve their interests and are then made available for download by state lawmakers, who can fill in the blanks with appropriate local language and then introduce the measures in statehouses under their own names. Lawmakers pay a nominal $50 annual fee to participate, while corporations cough up $7,000 to $25,000 a year, and up to $10,000 more to participat...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-07-29-smart-alec-how-c...

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