November 30, 2011
The secretive American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), backed by powerful corporate interests including the insurance and banking industries, big oil and the pharmaceutical giants, enables global corporations and state politicians to collaborate behind closed doors to draft corporate-friendly “model bills” that are then pushed through state legislatures across the country.
ALEC’s efforts are part of a coordinated, well-financed war against the middle class — and public service employees are on the frontlines. As part of continued efforts to expose this extreme corporate agenda, a press conference was held at the Arizona State House about the real human toll of ALEC’s influence in that state and across the country.
Watch video of the press conference here, courtesy of The Uptake:
You can also follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #ALECexposed.
During the press conference, People For the American Way Foundation and Common Cause released a joint report, “ALEC in Arizona: The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in the Halls of Arizona’s Legislature,” which examines the extensive influence wielded by corporations, with the assistance of ALEC, in shaping Arizona’s laws through a side-by-side comparison of ALEC model legislation and actual bills submitted by ALEC-associated politicians.