4 senators leave council, citing ‘extreme’ agenda

LINCOLN — Four Nebraska lawmakers have withdrawn from a national organization of legislators, saying the American Legislative Exchange Council has become extreme in its politics and strayed from its origins of promoting business-friendly policies. For all of the details, please click here.

Walmart & ALEC – Exploiting Prison Labor: Beyond Bribes to Foreign Officials & Endorsing Anti-Consumer Laws

We’ve been hearing a lot about Walmart and their activities involving worker wages in pursuit of controlling the retail markets in this country and about their membership in ALEC.  We’ve also learned that they and ALEC have also been involved in trying to weaken federal laws prohibiting acts of bribery of foreign officials while they […]

NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORING ALEC–NY Times and Others. WHAT MIGHT THEY HAVE PREVENTED?

This media release stopped the NY Times (among others) from covering ALEC despite entreaties from many people investigating ALEC. Heck, Bruce Fealk had an e-mail about ALEC returned to him by the NY Times as “deleted, unopened” The news media needs to be vigilant, not cowed by a press release (and whatever support it may […]

Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor

Based on “The Hidden History of ALEC & Prison Labor.” By Mike Elk and Bob Sloan (The Nation, August 1, 2011) which you can read here. “Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. […]

Proof That America’s Criminal Justice System Discriminates Against Minorities

written by VLTP’s Bob Sloan for PolicyMicWith criminal justice legislation, statutes, and applications of both, the wording of legal documents and proposed bills have been used to basically disenfranchise minorities. The enactment of drug laws provides an easily recognized form of such disenfranchising of African Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. As with many U.S. […]

For-Profit Education Firm Kaplan is 14th Company to Dump ALEC

by Rebekah Wilce — April 27, 2012 Kaplan, a for-profit education, tutoring, and testing empire that is the largest division of the $4 billion Washington Post Company, recently told the Republic Report (RR) that Kaplan’s for-profit college division “was a member of ALEC for a one year period, which ended in August 2011.” For the […]

Gates Foundation Reveals its Dark Side After Ditching ALEC

While funding $218 million polio and measles immunization research, the foundation also invested $400 million in 69 of North America’s worst polluting companies and $423 million in companies like Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil Corp, and Chevron – oil firms responsible for pollution which has caused  respiratory problems in local African populations. In 2005, the foundation held […]

Walmart Scrambles Lobbyists in Response to Mexico Bribery Report

By Kate Ackley and Eliza Newlin Carney Roll Call Staff April 24, 2012 After several years of relative calm, Walmart is once again in Capitol Hill’s cross hairs. Despite Cummings and Waxman’s interest in an investigation, House Republicans have signaled that they have no interest in probing the matter. Roll Call reports that Wal-Mart enlisted […]

Wal-Mart Deploys Lobbyist Who Used To Work For Congressman Cummings To Fight Cummings’ Investigation Of Bribery Scandal

By Lee Fang | Apr 25th 2012 This morning, Oversight Committee members Congressman Elijah Cummings and Henry Waxman announced that they will begin a probe of Wal-Mart’s lobbying. In a press release, Cummings announced that he has sent letters to Tom Donohue and Greg Steinhafel, leaders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Retail […]

Peter Grear to speak at ALEC Teach-In on 5/12

VLTP is proud to announce that Peter Grear will be speaking at the ALEC Teach-In on 5/12. Peter, a member of Occupy Wilmington, has had his own law practice since 1976 in Wilmington, He is the co-publisher of the Greater Diversity News, which you can link to from here Peter brings his own historical and […]