ALEC-New Partnerships and Exposing Hidden Foreign Influences

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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An ALEC Sham – The International Task Force

by 2old2care


For a couple of entries coming up – I am going to be taking snips from an excellent piece of investigative journalism written by Bob Sloan, the Executive Director of the Voter Legislative Transparency Project (VLTP).

I’m going to do this in multiple entries – using snips – ’cause I am a “blogger” with ADD, with the attention span for research and writing of about that of a flea
(let’s jump around and do this – or this, no this, maybe this, or this …).


ALEC-New Partnerships and Exposing Hidden Foreign Influences

Before we consider what the impact of a joint Republican Study Committee/ ALEC/Heritage Foundationpartnership against federal controls would have upon the U.S., we should first look at current ALEC activities along these lines involving memberships held by foreign representatives. Together ALEC’s state lawmakers work hand in hand with several influential foreign elected officials to establish US state and foreign policies and pass laws suggested by those representing foreign powers…

“Together ALEC’s state lawmakers work hand in hand with several influential foreign elected officials”?

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

You have got to be kidding me!

Like America is suppose to believe that ALEC state legislators have the experience in foreign affairs necessary to be working on an “international” task force.  Get real!!!
Most of them haven’t even been out of state – except to go to an ALEC meeting – for free – on a corporate ALEC scholarship.

For example, take Mary Kiffmeyer – from Minnesota – our ALEC State Chair who is on the International and Federal Relations Task Force.

The oldest of 14 children, Kiffmeyer was raised in Pierz, Minnesota.
The population was 1,393 at the 2010 census.[6]

Kiffmeyer lives near Big Lake, Minnesota.
Big Lake   …   population was 10,060 at the 2010 census.

Oh – yeah – this is someone I want interfering in foreign affairs on the ALEC International Relations Task Force.

These state bumpkins and their insistence in interfering with Foreign/ International Relations will probably set world governments and US foreign relations back 100 years.  God only knows what they are doing behind the closed doors of the secretive meetings of the ALEC International and Federal Relations Task Force.

God help us and the world!!!!!


Concerns about foreign money and influence finding their way into our electoral process because of the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision – are now bolstered by the discovery that foreign nations are already taking part in establishing U.S. policies related to voting and foreign matters – through ALEC.

And this paragraph is NOT a push, ALEC Resolution in Support of the Citizens United Decision

Summary:

This Resolution emphasizes the importance of first amendment protections of corporations’, non-profit advocacy groups’, and labor organizations’ speech. The resolution warns that mandatory disclosure and disclaimer requirements, particularly relating to an organization’s sour source of funding, can be intimidating to  such organizations and inhibit free speech.

Resolution

WHEREAS, the January 2010 Supreme Court decision in  Citizens United v. Federal  Election Commission  restored and affirmed the First Amendment rights of  corporations, labor organizations, and nonprofit advocacy groups to engage in  political speech in campaigns; and

SNIP

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED  that the American Legislative Exchange Council  (ALEC) opposes efforts that are outlined above at the federal, state, and local level  to undermine the Supreme Court’s decision in  Citizens United v. Federal Election  Commission  .

Adopted by the Public Safety and Elections Task Force at the Annual Meeting, August 7, 2010. Approved by the ALEC Board of Directors, September 19, 2010


“foreign nations are already taking part in establishing U.S. policies related to voting and foreign matters – through ALEC.”

One major difference which ALEC has attempted to bury deeply and not disclose is the involvement of foreign nationals holding elected offices in their governments who also hold full ALEC membership(s) – including the right to a vote [on ALEC “model legislation”].

These [foreign national] individuals help develop US policies, write ALEC resolutions and proposed model bills to be implemented in the United States – and internationally.  They [foreign nationals] cast votes alongside corporate reps and lobbyists and conservative state lawmakers on US state and federal model legislation, formulate resolutions sent out to the President, Congressional members and foreign governments.  These foreign officials then return to their government posts and lobby on behalf of the same initiatives they helped develop for the US – initiatives being lobbied for by ALEC to their [foreign national] governments using the same resolutions, models or policy demands.
foreign participation in developing US laws and policies

in relation to our state AND national government – BECAUSE –  the “ALEC International Task Force” is part of the ALEC “Federalism Task Force”

Which is part of ALEC’s “Federal Forum” program, which focuses on:

“Bringing state legislative leaders into contact with ALEC’s alumni  members in Congress is the cornerstone of the Federal Forum and  is instrumental in maintaining the principles of limited government,  individual liberty, and free markets. Through this relationship, ALEC hopes  to provide its 96 alumni members with information and testimonial support  from the states on pressing policy issues.”

foreign participation in developing US laws and policies –

At last count, ALEC documents list at least nine governments represented by seventeen publicly elected foreign officials sitting on ALEC’s International Relations task force – with full membership and voting rights.

And that’s where we will go next in this series

International Relations Task Force Co-Chairs (as of 11/2011)

Harold Brubaker (since replaced upon his retirement from the NC General Assembly by Tim Moffitt, also from North Carolina); and

Brandie Davis – Lobbyist for PMI Global (Philip Morris International)

16. Specific lobbying issues

World Trade Organization obligation issues.

Pending U.S. Trade Agreement Initiatives.

S 3240: Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012; proposed amendment relating to trade negotiations.

ALEC International Relations Task Force Co Chairs,
A state legislator and a lobbyist.
How fitting!!!!

 
AND

American Legislative Exchange Council International Relations Task Force [As of 6/30/2011]

Richard Ashworth
Member
Member European Parliament [MEP] 5 Hazelgrove Road
West Sussex RH16 3PH

Cory Bernardi
Member
Senator, Australian Senate
Level 13
100 King William Street
Adelaide, S.A. 5000

Adam Bielan
Member
MEP
UL CHODUIE WI CZA 2/7
Warsaw, Poland 02-593

Martin Callanan
Member
Member of the European Conservatives & Reformists Group
European Parliament
105 Kells Lane
Gateshead, UK NE95XY

Philip Claeys
Member
MEP
Kruiskruidlaan 11
Belgium 3090

Niranjan Deva
Member
MEP
Bat. Altiero Spinneli 14E130
60 Rue Wiertz/Wiertzstaat 60
Belgium B-1047

Christopher Fjellner
Member
MEP
14 Rue Wiertz
ASP 13E116
Brussels, Belgium B-1047

Liam Fox
Member
Member British Parliament, House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
UNITED KINGDOM

Daniel Hannan
Member
MEP
60 Rue Wiertz
Brussels 1047
BELGIUM

Chris Heaton-HarrisMember
MEP
1.40E+158
60 Rue Wiertz
Brux, Belgium B-1047

Roger Helmer
Member
MEP
ASP 14E 242
60 Rue Wiertz
Brussels, Belgium B-1047

Ayesha Javed
Member
Assemblywoman, Punjab Provincial Assembly
Provincial Assembly of the Punjab
The Mall Road
Lahore, Punjab 54000

Syed Kamall
Member
MEP
60 Rue Wiertz (14 E116)
Brussels, Belgium B-1047

Michal Kaminski
Member
Chairman of the European Conservatives & Reformists Group
European Parliament
ASP BE130, European Parliament
Rue Wiertz
Brussels, Belgium B-1047

Mirostaw Piotrowski
Member
MEP
UL Zaua 39
Lublin, PO Box 20-601
Poland

Ivo Strejcek
Member
MEP
Vintrnt 105212
Zdar Nad Sazavon
Czech Republic 59101

Konrad Szymanski
Member
MEP
Joliot-Curie
26 M.6
Warsaw, Poland 02-646

AND

Reem Badran
Member of Parliament from Jordan, and ALEC’s newest International Legislator Member. (Page 26 • Inside ALEC | October 2012)

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