‘United States of ALEC’ Video Previews

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This week, Moyers & Company (check local listings) presents “United States of ALEC,” a report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of – ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.

Watch extended preview videos from the show:

In Wisconsin, Lisa Graves, a former Justice Department attorney now with the Center for Media and Democracy, shares documentation of various ALEC-inspired boilerplate laws, versions of which are showing up in statehouses across the country


Arizona State Representative Steve Farley talks about the secretive nature of ALEC’s influence, which is strongly felt in Arizona politics.


Wisconsin State Representative Mark Pocan talks about the prevalence of special interest lobbying at an ALEC convention he attended and video-blogged.

Watch the entire episode of the United States of ALEC online now.

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  • Anonymous

    Bill I have followed you for a long time. My first experience with your work was the PBS documentary on Secret Government under Reagan.

    What have these people been doing in secret? Destroying the rule of law, rigging the game, killing our economy, creating massive income inequality and poverty, and instituting full-force fascism. As Americans we may feel uncomfortable with using such a strong word but we are clearly a fascist nation. Bill, you truly are a national hero to those who seek justice, compassion, decency, equality, community and human dignity. I know I speak for millions when I say how much it has meant to me, personally, that you came out of retirement. With the help of people like you to educate the masses, we will make a better world. You are my brother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Val-Nostdahl/1025990186 Val Nostdahl

    alec/koch cabal the Priviitzation of USPS for ups and fedex, bob sloan vltp.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1238351530 Zora Renee

    I saw this and I love how it broke down for me the connections. This should be mandatory viewing for all citizens to see exactly what it is WE are dealing with! Thank you Bill!

  • RM

    America, where “anything” and “anyone” can be bought for a price. Capitalism as it’s most perverted. Systematically remove education, values, conscience and replace it with the lowest value; the dollar. Once this perversion has been subsumed, there’s no stopping the greed or destruction of anything and everything truly meaningful and worthy of our respect, care, and humanity. We have sold our “souls” to the devil.

  • Janet Brown-Zaso

    After over 30 years in the shadows, pulling the strings of our “representatives” with their deep pockets of ill gotten gains, ALEC needs to be kept center stage. We need to keep our brightest lights on this group of snakes. Thanks for giving us more info on them, Bill. Your shows are always appreciated.

  • Fiona Mackenzie

    Whatever Americans imagine “fascism” is, this is it, according to Mussolini. Corporatocracy. A nation run by a handful of the most wealthy people and corporations. Just since Bush43 took office, the fortunes of the richest have multiplied by as much as 10x, and the effect on the 98% is obvious. What we DON’T really understand is that this is the natural state of things–those who have the tools of power and wealth use them to take more power and wealth, leaving a destitute underclass. The Republic was the anomaly, and needed to be protected in order to survive. Instead, we repealed the regulatory laws that were the dam holding back the flood of corporate money, and now we are drowning and it’s too late. Who woulda guessed?

  • Delphine Trevillot Brooks

    i think that 2 major factors contribute to the situation we are now in America.

    1/ the formation 40 years ago of a very well organized mobilization of a
    substantial religious part of the population with extreme tendencies and method
    afraid of the globalization and the danger of uniformity.
    2/ the necessity after the development of nuclear power to build a global interdependent economic to try to pacify the world as well as insuring the “constant growth” that the western world needed to keep the “dream” alive.

    the lobbies of big corporations became expert in playing this division and fears, for its only goal profit! and i bet, most of them, think they are only doing their job.

    let’s be fair, nobody was too alarmed when the big corporations in the
    name of liberalism destroyed and exploited mercilessly the south
    countries and that we were getting a part of the cake !!!
    we are all responsible to have let build such a monstrous machine, which carefully
    selected its operators specifically for their lack of empathy and
    social conscious, and their willingness to corrupt any obstacle in their
    way to win more profit.
    such an absurd machine that it is denying/ or not able to address the obvious destruction of its own habitat.

    this lobby machine which was able to impose the statue of a person to
    corporations, have managed to infiltrate the system in such way that the
    media and the politicians of good will, do not have very much power
    UNLESS we engage massively in the political debates and the reality of
    our lives and future and back them up through our votes but also actions
    and information among ourselves.
    it is all about realizing all the good will of the western world , its declared desire (even if not always successful) for democracy as well as individual rights,because the other systems in competition at this point are China and its authoritarian central secular system or the possible return of religion into the state like a big part of the muslim world.
    the power is in our hands, we the people, and we should be responsible to not let any other narrative invading our hope. despite the anger or shame that we might feel.
    YES, we can fix it together.

  • Anonymous

    And the Center for American Progress doesn’t do this same thing?

  • Anonymous

    It’s fun watching liberals get their righteous indignation going, all the while there are groups on the left doing the same and even more. Hypocrites.

  • Del Ehresman

    Addendum: Another major development over the past 30 years has been the rise of right-wing talk radio. An apparent cabal of wealthy establishment folks and corporations started buying up dominant radio stations in America’s biggest cities. Eventually you had Rush Limbaugh and all of the other demagogues creating a national agenda by focusing on the musings, complaints, and goals of the extreme right-wing corporations, billionaires and millionaires, and their minions and lobbyists,

    That, to me, has been a significant detriment to America, its people, and democracy.

  • Anonymous

    I beg to differ ..These are policies that hurt People ..help the corporations , we did fine with unions , everyone made money , it’s upside now ..the middle class is disappearing..the fat cats take all the profits ..dont pay taxes !