Friday, April 6, 2012

ALEC is Losing Major Members (Pepsi, Coke, Kraft)

Have you noticed the spate of similar draconian laws enacted all across the country on a variety of subjects? "Stand your ground?" "Voter I.D.?" "Collective bargaining" removal? Doesn't it seem weird that a dozen or more states would have the same idea at the same time? That a whole bunch of newly strongly Republican states would enact very, very similar laws? While people like me warned of GOP overreach should they win in 2010, I really had no idea that there really was a vast, right-wing conspiracy!

ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is kinda sorta the definition of fascism. The union of government and corporations. Not exactly of course. ALEC has no legislative weight. But they're enormously influential. It works like this: Business writes laws, hands them to governors or legislative bodies, and the laws are enacted by (at least right now) hugely skewed state governments, overreaching from their 2010 victories. It was kind of a perfect storm.

The hardcore right--the FReepers--can square ALEC into their "small government/free market" world view. They'd lap up whatever Rush Limbaugh and FOX "News" fed them, with no quarrel and not a second thought. But the less hardcore, the less partisan among us would likely be appalled if they knew the scale of ALEC's influence. Thankfully, people are starting to catch on. Big people ("Corporations are people, my friend!" --Mitt Romney) like Pepsico, Coca-Cola and Kraft Foods. Uh oh.


BREAKING: Kraft Becomes Third Corporation To Drop ALEC

Following Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, tonight Kraft became the third major corporation to announce its departure from the right-wing business front group ALEC. . .

Read more at: Think Progress

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