Do you know about ALEC?
No matter what you think you know, there is more!
Here is what we already know:
- ALEC is a corporate lobbying group that is disguised as a education group.
- ALEC is a non-profit organization, which in turns pays no taxes.
- ALEC works to change the laws that “directly benefit the bottom line” of corporate sponsors. They work to open public sectors for privatization which allows corporations to profit from the law changes.
- In ALEC, legislators come together with corporate members and vote, equally, on model legislation.
“The decisions made here in the legislature are more important to your everyday life, more than the decisions the president makes.” Steve Farley
Below is a 30 minute movie from PBS and Moyer and Company that digs deep into ALEC. After you learn about what ALEC is doing in state houses nation wide you can join Granite State Progress, AFT-NH, SEIU, and more to see what ALEC is doing in New Hampshire. (full press advisory below)
Media Advisory: “Who is Writing New Hampshire’s Laws?” Report Release to Detail ALEC Corporate Influence in New Hampshire
Report outlines corporate trade group’s influence during the 2011-2012 session; calls on new legislators to oppose outside corporate special interests as they file legislation this week
CONCORD, NH – Concerned citizens, legislators and organizations will shine a light on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s extreme agenda and impact on the New Hampshire State Legislature during the 2011-2012 session, and call for a return to Granite State values during a Wednesday morning press conference in Concord.
Granite State Progress, The Center for Media and Democracy, People For the American Way Foundation and Common Cause will release the joint report, “Who is Writing New Hampshire’s Laws? A Summary of ALEC Corporate Influence in New Hampshire, 2011-2012,” which examines the influence of ALEC corporate model bills in New Hampshire this past session. ALEC’s corporate executives, lawyers and lobbyists, along with member legislators, draft, lobby for, and secure passage of a wide array of bills designed to promote corporate interests. Due to rising public outrage and exposure, several state legislators and major corporations have begun to drop their participation in ALEC, including Coke, Pepsi, McDonalds, and KRAFT.
WHAT: Report release of “Who Is Writing New Hampshire’s Legislation?” to shine a light on ALEC’s influence in pushing legislation in New Hampshire aimed at attacking workers’ rights, undermining public education and enriching specific industries; Public call for new and returning legislators to reject corporate special interests as bill filings open this week.
WHEN: TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Granite State Progress – 4 Park Street, Suite 207, Concord, NH
DETAILS: Community leaders will speak out at a press conference about ALEC’s influence in the New Hampshire State House and call for a new direction. The speakers will identify specific ALEC legislation that has directly impacted Granite State families and communities. Speakers include:
- Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director, Granite State Progress
- Laura Hainey, President, American Federation of Teachers, NH
- Diana Lacey, President, State Employees Association, SEA/SEIU Local 1984
- Rep. Cynthia Chase, Sponsor of Legislation to Identify Corporate Model Bills