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Campaign finance board to investigate ALEC

The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board says it will investigate the American Legislative Exchange Council’s lobbying status in Minnesota.

The board disclosed the investigation in a letter to Common Cause Minnesota, the local arm of a national group that is asking many states to probe whether the conservative organization has violated its tax-exempt status.

To read more about this legal attack on ALEC please click here

Do you think that this might have to do with the following from ALEC’s Spring Summit?

In their Civil Justice task force workshop, ALEC introduced model legislation that would limit the ability of attorneys general to pursue lawsuits against private-sector companies on behalf of their states. It’s called the Attorney General Authority Act. 

In other words, an attorney general would be required to obtain a statute from his/her state legislature before they could file a lawsuit against an entity. Imagine the havoc this would create in cases of corporate malfeasance. The hands of the attorney general would, in effect, be completely tied until a statute was issued in favor of legal action.

Don’t Let Business Lobbyists Kill the Post Office

…But politics also plays a huge part in this. In 2006, in what looks like an attempt to bust the Postal Workers’ Union, George Bush signed into law the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. This law required the Postal Service to pre-fund 100 percent of its entire future obligations for 75 years of health benefits to its employees – and not only do it, but do it within ten years. No other organization, public or private, has to pre-fund 100 percent of its future health benefits.

The transparent purpose of this law, which was pushed heavily by industry lobbyists, was to break a public sector union and privatize the mail industry. Before the 2006 act, the postal service did one thing, did it well, and, minus the need to generate profits and bonuses for executives, did it cheaply. It paid for itself and was not a burden to taxpayers.

To read more of Matt Taibbi’s article, please click here

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