ALEC

Georgia Legislation proudly proclaimed as ALEC Model Bill…

“IFA Applauds Georgia Saying Franchisees Can’t Be Employees”

(from Blue MauMau)

ATLANTA —The Georgia General Assembly passed a bill that codifies that someone who has signed a franchise contract cannot be an employee…

…The legislation is a result of IFA’s ongoing work with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which recently adopted as official policy a Resolution on the Misapplication of Employee Classification Laws, recognizing that business format franchising is a major contributor to the United States economy and that franchising is a contractual business relationship, not akin to an employment relationship.

Noting the tremendous positive effect that the granting of business format franchise licenses has had on the U.S. economy, ALEC passed the resolution, which was the basis for Georgia HB 548. The ALEC resolution states that any “legislation or regulations which would improperly classify franchisees as ’employees’ is a misinterpretation of labor and contract policy and deprives franchise investors of valuable economic opportunities.”

[VLTP Note: GA. Rep. Charles Martin, House Sponsor of HB 548 is an ALEC member and sits on ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force].

Read the full article here

American Legislative Exchange Council – Federal Government and Corrupt Practices

This is a report issued by VLTP in November of 2011.  This work represents more than 2 years of deep research involving a handful of researchers who belong to VLTP’s sister group, American Legislative Transparency Project (ALTP) at the Daily Kos.

This report provides an in-depth analysis of ALEC’s involvement and influences at the federal level of our government.  Some of the mechanisms used by ALEC to facilitate passage of federal legislation important to them and their corporate members are identified.  Beginning in 2005 ALEC created a tenth task force specifically for influencing the U.S. Congress through their “alumni” serving as Senators and Representatives.

Organizations, foundations and think tanks funded and controlled by individuals such as Charles and David Koch are identified as well as their roles in advancing ALEC and the Koch conservative agenda.  The mechanisms, individuals and procedures used to promote pro-corporate initiatives are all here in this report.

For those wishing to understand precisely how and why our Congress has been so dysfunctional and unwilling to work together over the past decade, this will serve as an explanation.  We encourage any ALEC research group or individuals reporting on ALEC to read this 77 page report that is filled with links, documentation and factual statistics, names and other important information on the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Below is a partial listing from the Introduction…

ALEC Alumni Forum
By 2001 ALEC had a large active membership comprised of state lawmakers and corporate representatives and lobbyists. They had been successfully developing and implementing legislation at the state level for more than a quarter century. Many of their members had moved on to positions within the federal government or had been elected to Congress over the years. In an effort to increase their successful influence, ALEC began to advance their initiatives at the federal level. To facilitate this, ALEC created a “Forum” where state (members) and federal (alumni) lawmakers could interact and work to advance ALEC’s conservative, free market, pro-corporate initiatives and legislation at the Congressional level.
Federal Forum Task Force
With success brought about at the federal level through their Alumni Forum ALEC created an actual tenth “Task Force” in 2005. This TF was officially co-chaired by two ALEC alumni: one Senator and one House member. Their duties are to advance the initiatives presented at the state level directly to the U.S. Congress and to lobby in both Houses on behalf of these issues. They have successfully brought about the enactment of federal laws through this TF utilizing ALEC‘s numerous alumni and lobbying.
Influencing and Corrupting the Federal Judiciary
Free trips for state and federal judges with pro-corporate seminars given by think tanks, corporate executives and associates is discussed with links, facts and names involved. Influence upon and associations with key SCOTUS Justices are divulged. Research reveals more than five hundred judges have willingly taken these excursions and attended the pro-corporate seminars.

Anyone wishing more information or have information they would like to share about ALEC/Koch, please contact us via info@vltp.net.

Trayvon Martin Killing Draws Hundreds to Protest Stand Your Ground Laws

From Policymic – article on the DC Protest against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) by numerous progressive, activist and civil rights groups and individuals for their involvement in the creation of the “Castle Doctrine” or stand your ground law.  ALEC has also been identified as the creator of the “Voter ID” legislation now being enacted nationwide to disenfranchise million in this and subsequent election cycles.

From the Article:     “A diverse coalition of advocacy organizations, watchdog groups, activists, and national leaders stood in front of ALEC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to protest the “Kill at Will” legislation, which was written by ALEC corporate member the National Rifle Association (NRA). The groups protesting at the event included the National Urban League, the NAACP, ColorOfChange, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, ProgressNow, the Center for Media and Democracy/ALECexposed.org, Common Cause, People For the American Way, ProgressNow, Presente, Public Campaign, UltraViolet, Faith in Public Life, the National Council of Churches, USAction, Moveon.org, and others…”

Read full article here...

NRA/Florida ALEC Gun Model Most Closely Matches Michigan Bill & more OMG Gun Stuff

by Hector Solon in Blogging For Michigan

A new report shows that Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in the middle of the Trayvon Martin tragedy was written by the NRA and pushed in multiple State Legislatures by ALEC finds that a Michigan 2005-2006 Bill most closely matches the controversial Florida law. Even as all that is happening, the Michigan ALEC member sponsor of that bill is pushing for guns in churches.

Over a Dozen US States are using the Florida ALEC/NRA Model
Which State has the most identical ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill? The envelope please…

for more, please click here

and be sure to watch the video.  We will upload it to this site when we can (which should be shortly.)

Progressive Groups Ask ALEC Funders to Drop Out in Wake of Martin Death and ‘Shoot First’ Laws

Progressive organizations are finally coming together in small groups and unifying against ALEC and ALEC’s pro-corporate Private Enterprise Board member companies.  VLTP has been calling for a unification of progressives to begin an earnest ALEC pushback and eventual banishment from our state and national landscape.

This appears to be the first publicly seen response to that call.
Read the rest of the story here

ALEC Has Pushed The NRA’s “Stand Your Ground” Law Across The Nation

“…Florida’s statute on the use of force in self-defense is virtually identical to Section 1 of ALEC’s Castle Doctrine Act model legislation as posted on the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). According to CMD, the model bill was adopted by ALEC’s Civil Justice Task in August 2005 — just a few short months after it passed the Florida legislature — and approved by its board of directors the following month.

Since the 2005 passage of Florida’s law, similar statutes have been passed in 16 other states. This was no accident. In a 2008 interview with NRA News, ALEC resident fellow Michael Hough explained how his organization works with the NRA to push similar legislation through its network of conservative state legislators:

Read full article and watch NRA Video here

Following The Jindal, ALEC Money In Reforming Louisiana: Part I–Education

We’ve written quite a bit of late about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its undue influence on legislators in every state, including Louisiana. ALEC has spent untold millions of dollars in efforts to influence public pension reform, public education reform (some say destruction and they may not be too far off), privatization of state agencies and a laundry list of other so-called reforms.

Louisiana has not been immune from that influence as we shall see in the coming days and weeks…Read full article here.

How State Media Turned A Blind Eye To ALEC’s Influence On The Voter ID Debate

Dozens of voter ID laws have been introduced in state legislatures over the past two years, including particularly strict measures passed in seven states in 2011 — Alabama, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Wisconsin. There is widespread evidence that this surge of voter ID laws stems from model legislation crafted in 2009 by a conservative group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). But a Media Matters analysis has found that the largest newspapers in the seven states that enacted voter ID laws in 2011 have largely ignored ALEC’s influence. Indeed, of the newspapers examined, only Rhode Island’s Providence Journal mentioned any connection between the state’s voter ID bill and ALEC.

Read full Article from Media Matters here.