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ALEC Legislators – Pretending to Be US Foreign Diplomats

Part Two in a Series by 2old2care

 

While reading an excellent piece of investigative journalism written by Bob Sloan – Voters Legislative Transparency Project entitled:

ALEC-New Partnerships and Exposing Hidden Foreign Influences

I was horrified with the implications of “ALEC state legislators” interfering in international affairs.

I guess in a way – this whole ALEC “International Task Force” sham should be a warning to citizens around the globe of the inflated image that the American Legislative Exchange Council has of itself.

In 1985 the Wall Street Journal made this statement in an article about ALEC:

Yet ALEC remains focused on the least glamorous of political figures, the lowly state legislator.

In 1985 in an article in “The Conservative’, then ALEC president, Kathy Teague noted:

The turnover rate among state legislators is very high  …  These are men and women through the United States who are making laws for the first time in their lives.  …  For the great majority of state legislators, being a lawmaker is their second career.  They are businessmen and women, lawyers or doctors or architects or homemakers.  They have decided to spend three month or six month of the year passing laws, making the laws of their state.

And these people are screwing around with international policy?

These people are making believe they are “foreign diplomats”?

These people are focusing their attention on international issues – when in fact they should be focusing on representing the people of their state – as they were elected to do so.

  • These “lowly [ALEC] state legislators” ARE NOT foreign diplomats and they should not pretend to be one.
  • These “lowly [ALEC] state legislators” ARE NOT governors of the state.
  • These “lowly [ALEC] state legislators” ARE NOT designated trade representatives for the state.
  • These “lowly [ALEC] state legislators” ARE NOT members of the US Congress – they are STATE legislators.

What in the hell do they think they are doing?

Which one of their state constituents told them they wanted them interfering with international relations?

 

I want to bring to the reader’s attention some of the legislation/resolutions that have come out of the ALEC International and Federalism Task Force in the last couple of years.

Senator Val Stevens (WA) introduced the Resolution on Open and Reciprocal Trade with Canada.

Resolution in Support of the Keystone XL PipelineMs. Brandie Davis (Philip Morris International).  Ms. Davis is a lobbyist.  Phillip Morris International is an ALEC Corporate Member.

Ms. Brandie Davis (Philip Morris International) introduced a Hard Science Resolution.  Ms. Davis is a lobbyist. Phillip Morris International is an ALEC Corporate Member.

The Honorable Michal Kaminski (Member, European Parliament and ALEC International Legislator) introduced a Resolution in Support of Deepening EuroAtlantic Integration of the Republic of Moldova.

The Honorable Roger Helmer (Member, European Parliament and ALEC International Legislator) presented a Resolution against EU Funding of NGOs.

Representative Tim Moffitt (NC) – current Legislative Chair of the IR Task Force –  introduced a Resolution Opposing World Bank Lending to Argentina.

Mr. Yeong-jainn “Jeff” Liu (Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office) made a presentation about the fairness and importance of Taiwan being added to the US Visa Waiver Program.

Final ratification of US-Korea Free Trade Agreement introduced by Mr. Bob Filippone (PhRMA).   Resolution passes unanimously. PhRMA is an ALEC Corporate Member.

Resolution Supporting Review of Argentina’s GSP Status introduced by Representative Penny Bacchiochi of CT. Resolution passes unanimously.

“Establishment of Reconstruction Opportunity Zones in Pakistan” –  Assemblywoman Ayesha Javed (Punjab Provincial Assembly-Pakistan)

“Resolution on Plain Packaging Legislation” Brandie Davis (Philip Morris International).  Ms. Davis is a lobbyist. Phillip Morris International is an ALEC Corporate Member.

Mr. David Powers (Reynolds American, Inc.) introduced a Resolution Urging the European Union to Remove Its Ban on the Sale of Smokeless Tobacco.  Reynolds American, Inc. is an ALEC Corporate Member.

Representative John E. Piscopo (CT) introduced a Resolution Against U.S. Participation in International Agreement in Copenhagen

Who gave “ALEC state legislators” permission to meet with foreign nationals to discuss policy?

WHO ARE THESE FOREIGN NATIONALS?

WHAT ARE THE POLITICAL BELIEFS OF THESE FOREIGN NATIONALS?

WHY ARE THESE FOREIGN NATIONALS ATTENDING ALEC MEETINGS?

WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT REGISTERED AS FOREIGN LOBBYISTS ALLOWED TO WRITE POLICY FOR THE UNITED STATES?

WHY are “ALEC state legislators” meeting with these people?

ALL OF THIS DONE OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW AND SUPERVISION OF THE US STATE DEPARTMENT!!!

WHO IN THE HELL DOES ALEC THINK THEY ARE?????
All of this is very disturbing – but it goes to a new whole level when you take into consider that ALEC’s International Task Force members – were messing around in IRAQ. DURING THE WAR!!!!

In his presentation on Good Governance Promotion in Iraq, Senator Curt Bramble (UT) explained various reasons why and how the U.S. ought to be instrumental in educating newly elected Iraqi state legislators by training them in principles and good practices of governance, how to draft legislation and work effectively with the executive branch of their governments. He illustrated his points by describing his experiences working with the Baghdad Provincial Council in Iraq.

Representative Gene Ward introduced a Resolution Establishing an ALEC Democracy and Governance Program. Representative Ward added that the five major legislative issues of the Iraqi government should also be addressed, namely unemployment, education, corruption, infrastructure and health care, respectively. He also suggested conducting this training of newly elected legislators partly in the U.S. and thus providing an example of good government practice.

Representative Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) recently met with Georgia Ambassador Batu Kutelia and members of his staff at an ALEC reception in Washington, DC as part of the 2009 ALEC States & Nation Policy Summit.

[Rep. Whisnant is a member of the recently reorganized ALEC International Relations Task Force. Gene and his wife Josie introduced the Ambassador and his staff to other Legislative and private industry ALEC members.]

 

During the summit, the ALEC International Task Force members passed resolutions related to international trade policies and practices. One Legislative member reported on his recent trip to Iraq. He went and discussed ALEC concepts of free markets, less government, and individual freedoms with Iraqi leaders.

You have to ask:

  •    Who did they talk to?
  •    What did they tell them?
  •    How did these “ALEC state legislators” represent themselves to Iraqi       officials?
  •     Who did the Iraqi officials think they were talking with?

 

ALL OF THIS DONE

OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW AND SUPERVISION OF THE US STATE DEPARTMENT!!!

WHO IN THE HELL DOES ALEC THINK THEY ARE?????

 

We are talking ALEC STATE legislators here – NOT foreign diplomats.

The “lowly state legislator”

These are men and women through the United States who are making laws for the first time in their lives.

For the great majority of state legislators, being a lawmaker is their second career.  They are businessmen and women, lawyers or doctors or architects or homemakers.

Are you kidding me – state legislators from ho-bunk towns in the United States making “international” resolutions and traveling to war zones.

You have got to be kidding me!

Most of them haven’t even been out of state – except to go to an ALEC meeting – for free – on a corporate ALEC scholarship.
As I noted in a previous blog entry – it is very important for people to understand that 99% of the legislative members of ALEC have virtually NO foreign affairs experience – none, nada, zip – .

This whole ALEC “International Task Force” sham should be a warning to the citizens around the globe of the inflated image that the American Legislative Exchange Council has of itself.

Every citizen across the globe should be questioning why ALEC state legislators are participating in an ALEC task force that deals with international issues.

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ALEC Opens the Doors to the “General Public”?

written by 2old2care.

This past weekend I introduced you to ALEC’s new poobah of PR
>>>>>>>>Bill Meierling<<<<<<<<<<(editors note:  a very informative article which is referenced in this article.)

Well – it looks like he and/or Edleman have been screwing around with ALEC’s webpage recently.  They made a few changes and this one is a major change and intriguing.

new About ALEC screen print

And this should come back to bite them in the butt.  From a public relations standpoint – a nightmare –  they just shot themselves in both feet – that’s why I give you the screenshot – for posterity and all time – they will NEVER live this one down.

“A nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, member of the private sector AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC????????????????????

WOW – the GENERAL PUBLIC?????

REALLY???

So we get  to have a say in all the nastiness that ALEC legislators are going to dump on us?

REALLY???

I wanna go!!! 
I wanna be a General Public member of ALEC
What fun!!!!!

I just can’t get over it – The American Legislative Exchange Council in partnership with the general public – open ALEC meetings – the general public gets to go to ALEC meetings?

REALLY???

Is this what their new PR Poobah was referring to in this statement, a he dug a bigger hole for himself–

“It’s exciting that ALEC model legislation is having this impact,” Meierling said. “That’s really part and parcel of the American experience, to have citizen activism in government.”

Oh, goodie – I wanna go!!! 
I wanna be a general public / citizen activist member of ALEC
What fun!!!!!

Hot Damn!!!!

I’m looking forward to authoring and sponsoring legislation for the PEOPLE / general public.

An Equal Voice – An Equal Vote for the general public.

I want to be the first President of the ALEC General Public/Citizen Activist Advisory Board.

I’ve earned it!  I deserve it.

Free trips to ALEC meetings – paid for by ALEC corporate lobbyists – posh hotels!!!!
Hot Damn!!
SIGN ME UP!!

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Back to reality

My questions to ALEC are:

(1) How are you defining “general public”?

(2) How much does a general public membership cost?

(3) How much does general public membership in a task force cost?

(4) How much will it cost for the general public to attend an ALEC meeting?

Inquiring minds want to know.

OR

Is this another ALEC media lie????????????????????? 

OR
Is this a – “No, that’s not what we REALLY mean? 
We only mean the extremist right-wing, ultraconservative general public.”

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http://becauseican-2old2care.blogspot.com/2013/02/alec-opens-doors-to-general-public.htm

Duncan – US Congress – $3,000 ALEC DUES

In an excellent piece of investigative journalism written by Bob Sloan that was released by the Voter Legislative Transparency Project on ALEC memberships/dues you will find this statement:

Kasich, Walker and Brewer are all alumni.  How about Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor? Both are known ALEC “alumni” and with the discovery of the Legacy membership program, one or both could be members while serving in the U.S. Congress.  ALEC’s refusal to release any of their membership lists, forces researchers to spend hours digging out these small bits of evidence – which ALEC will neither deny or provide a “no comment” on.

“one or both could be members while serving in the U.S. Congress.”
one,
or both.
or ALL
YEP – I guess you could assume that ALEC alumni could be active members of the American Legislative Exchange Council while serving in the U.S. Congress.
If you go to the FEC and look up
     Details for Candidate ID : H0SC03077
     Operating Expenditures – DUNCAN, JEFF
     Congressional Representative from South Carolina
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina’s 3rd district -Incumbent. Assumed office January 3, 2011
Date of this Disbursement:  November 18, 2011 – ALEC dues disbursed from his campaign expenditures
 

Guess we have a lot more investigating that needs to be done on ALEC Alumni.

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Republicans Want ALEC Gone?

I read all about this in becauseican, where 2old2care posted about this.  Nobody can dig like 2old2care, who is one of my favorite bloggers.

What 2old2care found is a gem.  But instead of posting the becauseican blog here directly, as we often do, this time I’m going to take a screen shot of what 2 old2care is writing about.
3.  Run, not walk from people like the Koch Brothers, The American Legislative Exchange council, Donald Trump., etc

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ALEC Scholarships – “In Trust” for Lobbyists?

Let me tell you a little ALEC tale from Kansas.
Ronald R. Hein has been President of Hein Law Firm, Chartered since 1988. Hein Law Firm, Chartered represents numerous clients, and the firm practices exclusively in the area of lobbying and governmental affairs. Ron has been lobbying since 1984.
He served in the Kansas State Senate from 1977-1984,
He serves as Kansas Private Sector Co-Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Kansas.
From ALEC documents:
1992  Private Sector State Chairs
Mr. Ron Hein
Hein, Ebert, Weir
Kansas
Ms. Julie Hein
Hein, Ebert, Weir
Kansas
1993 Annual Meeting
KANSAS ALEC Private Enterprise State Chairs
Mr. Ron Hein, Hein & Associates
Ms. Julie Hein, Hein & Associates
1995 Source Book
KANSAS ALEC State Private Enterprise Chairs
Mr. Ron Hein, Hein & Associates
Ms. Julie Hein, Hein & Associates
1998 Annual Meeting
Kansas ALEC Private Sector State Chairs
Ron and Julie Hein, Hein and Weir Chartered
Michael Morgan, Koch Industries’*
2010 Annual Meeting
Recognized as Private Sector Members of the Year were
Pat Cannon of Allergan, Inc., Julie and Ron Hein of Hein Law Firm, Pete Hernandez of AT&T, Bruce MacRae of UPS, David Powers of Reynolds American, and Mickey Revenaugh of Connections Academy.
2011 Annual Meeting
Kansas ALEC Private Sector State Chairs
Ms. Julie Hein, Hein Law Firm
Mr. Ron Hein, Esq., Hein Law Firm
Michael Morgan, Koch Industries Public Sector LLC

So you would kinda figure that this guy and his “associate” would have enough money to cover his ALEC expenses – right?So you would kinda figure that this ALEC Private Sector State Chair would have enough money to cover his ALEC expenses – right?

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