by Clyde Weiss | April 25, 2012
The announcement that South Carolina state Rep. Ted Vick is resigning from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because it “has steadily drifted to the right” is a reminder of what AFSCME has long said: ALEC is part of a secretive, corporate-backed network of right-wing, anti-worker organizations that cannot flourish under the bright light of day.
In the past weeks and months, ALEC has lost key corporate sponsors over its extreme agenda. Specifically, it’s lost support over its agenda to push “Stand Your Ground” laws, such as the one at the center of the defense of George Zimmerman, the shooter of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
ALEC also received a lot of bad publicity over its effort to spread voter-suppression laws throughout the country. As a result, ALEC recently announced that it will end its programs that advanced those two agendas.
But ALEC’s opposition to collective bargaining, efforts to undermine health care reform, and attempts to rig elections makes clear that this is an organization that cannot be trusted to operate in the dark.
That’s why AFSCME will continue to shine a light on ALEC and other anti-worker organizations like Crossroads and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan, and right-wingers like the billionaire Koch brothers.
Learn more about how ALEC is undermining democracy in this column by AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee.