Leaked Documents Show How Corporations Have Veto Power Over ALEC Bills That Affect Our Lives Every DayQuicklink submitted by Amanda Lang Permalink
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|The corporate front group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) brings together legislators and powerful corporations. Drawing the vast majority of its funding from Big Business, ALEC serves as a conduit for corporations to write legislation and then pass it off to state legislatures to be secretly passed without citizens ever knowing that these laws came from corporate boardrooms. These bills affect the safety of your food and water, the quality of your health care and the earth's environment, even your right to vote. Thanks to a massive leak of internal ALEC documents to the reform group Common Cause, we now know exactly how corporations are able to use ALEC to manipulate legislation. Take this passage from an ALEC document showing how votes on model bills occurred at the organization's 2011 annual meeting in New Orleans. The powerful US Chamber of Commerce suggested...|
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