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.
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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.