Are you bothered by ALEC's ties to businesses?

2014-02-20T00:00:00Z Are you bothered by ALEC's ties to businesses? nwitimes.com
February 20, 2014 12:00 am

ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is an organization 98 percent funded by corporations. It has 2,000 legislative and 300 or more corporate members who gather to prepare model bills to introduce in state legislatures.

ALEC says more than 1,000 such bills are introduced annually with 20 percent of them enacted into law.

Many of the model bills benefit the corporations. Legislators and their families benefit by getting all-expenses paid ritzy vacations to ALEC's annual conventions. They get to rub shoulders with wealthy corporate leaders who are prospective out-of-state donors to their political campaigns.

Who benefits from welfare recipients' drug testing? It's big pharma. Who benefits from privatizing public education? It's the education corporations.

At least half of the 106 Republican members of our state Legislature are ALEC members, and our governor was keynote speaker at an ALEC policy summit. Does this bother you?

- Dorrie Steele, Crown Point

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