Jun 9, 2014
by Bob Sloan
I apologize for the scarcity of posting over the past 30 days. Hope to get everyone caught up with everything ALEC that has transpired since my last post.
An important aspect of the ALEC story and saga that everyone MUST keep in mind: is the intertwining of ideology and funding that enables ALEC and which originates from the brothers Koch, Charles and David, disseminated and then supported from Koch run or controlled “non-profit” affiliated organizations such as; Mackinac Center. Cato Institute, American’s for Prosperity, Manhattan Institute, Reason Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, Mercatus Center and many more.
Without Koch’s support and funding ALEC would not be the organization it is today…and without ALEC, the Koch’s and their ideological agenda would not be able to influence our society and government absent the legislation ALEC provides at the state and federal levels to advance that agenda. The Koch/ALEC relationship has created an evil cabal over the past 4 decades that that prey upon citizen and elected officials alike.
Sadly many fail to realize the symbiotic relationship involving Koch, ALEC and the supporting organizations and corporations that together make up the cabal. Researchers and reporters continue to look at the various activities of each as separate rather than as coordinated and organized attacks waged by a single entity operating at the direction of the billionaire brothers Koch.
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The Kochs’ 30+ Year Extreme, Self-Serving Agenda (many important Koch documents provided here)
“Over the past forty years, one thing about the Kochs has not changed: their willingness to spend their fortune to drive their extreme, self-serving agenda.
Whether it’s the $125 million their organization Americans for Prosperity has committed to spend in this year’s mid-term elections or the massive funds they spent on David Koch’s 1980 Libertarian campaign for Vice President, the Kochs are committed to seeing through their self-serving agenda.
“In 1980, that agenda involved attacking Social Security and the minimum wage, and defending tax breaks for big oil.
“The 1980 Koch-Clark campaign called Social Security “the most serious threat to the future stability of our society next to the threat of nuclear war” and called for phasing out the program, in addition to proposing to abolish ALL minimum wage laws. What’s more, the 1980 Koch-Clark ticket proposed cutting capital gains tax rates in half and eliminating the “windfall profits” tax on oil companies.
“These revelations came from previously unreleased primary source documents discovered by American Bridge…”
“He backed the full legalization of abortion and the repeal of laws that criminalized drug use, prostitution and homosexuality. He attacked campaign donation limits and assailed the Republican star Ronald Reagan as a hypocrite who represented “no change whatsoever from Jimmy Carter and the Democrats.”
“It was 1980, and the candidate was David H. Koch, a 40-year-old bachelor living in a rent-stabilized apartment in New York City. Mr. Koch, the vice-presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, and his older brother Charles, one of the party’s leading funders, were mounting a long-shot assault on the fracturing American political establishment.
“The Kochs had invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the burgeoning libertarian movement. In the waning days of the 1970s, in the wake of Watergate, Vietnam and a counterculture challenging traditional social mores, they set out to test just how many Americans would embrace what was then a radical brand of politics…”
“It was the first and only bid for high office by a Koch family member. But much of what occurred in that quixotic campaign shaped what the Kochs have become today — a formidable political and ideological force determined to remake American politics, driven by opposition to government power and hostility to restrictions on money in campaigns…”
“That election also handed the Kochs their first political setback, driving them to rethink their approach to libertarian ideas. Since then, they have built a powerful network of political nonprofit groups that is exempt from most campaign reporting requirements and contribution limits but will spend tens of millions of dollars to influence the 2014 election. They have exerted enormous influence on American politics, battling government regulation and casting doubt on the urgency of climate change. Instead of replacing the Republican Party, they have helped to profoundly reshape it.,,”
“Midterm elections are like fancy software: Experts love them, end-users couldn’t care less. But if the 2010 elections are any indication, we might not want to doze off as we head into the summer months before November. Midterm elections at the state level can have tremendous consequences, especially for low-wage workers. What you don’t know can hurt you — or them.
“In 2010, the Republicans won control of the executive and legislative branches in 11 states (there are now more than 20 such states). Inspired by business groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (all ALEC members of affiliates), they proceeded to rewrite the rules of work, passing legislation designed to enhance the position of employers at the expense of employees…”
“Least Scrupulous – Virginia House Speaker William Howell
“Bill Howell is a shill for ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, bringing the Koch Brothers legislative agenda to a Republican legislature near you. He is a former national chairman of that group and the Virginia legislature has considered more than fifty ALEC-model bills in the last few years. But what is truly aggravating is that Virginia taxpayers have spent more than $230,000 sending their legislators to ALEC conferences…”
“A shareholder proposal that would have required Google to disclose further details about its lobbying expenditures was defeated by a more than 10-to-1 margin this week.
“The Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, which has approximately $59 million invested in Google, backed the proposal alongside Walden Asset Management and other institutional investors.
“In a statement released Thursday, State Treasurer Denise Nappier called the vote a “strong showing,” given that the company’s executive officers and board members own more than 60 percent of the voting power.
“The proposal would have required the search-engine giant to prepare an annual report to describe its policies and procedures on direct and indirect lobbying activity and grassroots communications; disclose each payment and recipient; and disclose the company’s membership in and payments to any tax-exempt organization, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, that crafts and endorses model legislation.
“The proposal received 60.5 million votes in favor, 642.7 million against and 43 million abstentions at Google’s annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday.”