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Seriously?:

The mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council is…

…to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators , members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public….

[emphasis added]

Really?

The Private Enterprise board of ALEC:

Private Enterprise Board Chairman

Mr. W. Preston Baldwin, Centerpoint360 (2011 Chairman)

Private Enterprise Board Members (as of December 1, 2010)

Ms. Sano Blocker, Energy Future Holdings

Mr. Don Bohn, Johnson & Johnson

Mr. Jeff Bond, PhRMA

Mr. Bill Carmichael, American Bail Coalition

Mr. Derek Crawford, Kraft Foods, Inc.

Mr. John Del Giorno, GlaxoSmithKline

Mr. Matt Echols, Coca-Cola Company

Mr. Jim Epperson, Jr., AT&T Services, Inc.

Mr. Michael Hubert, Pfizer Inc

Ms. Teresa Jennings, Reed Elsevier, Inc.

Mr. Ken Lane, DIAGEO

Mr. Kelly Mader, Peabody Energy

Mr. Bernie McKay, Intuit, Inc.

Mr. Mike Morgan, Koch Industries, Inc.

Mr. Kevin Murphy, ExxonMobil Corp.

Mrs. Sandra Oliver, Bayer Corporation

Mr. David Powers, Reynolds American Inc.

Ms. Maggie Sans, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Mr. Russell Smoldon, Salt River Project

Mr. Toby Spangler, Altria Client Services, Inc.

Mr. Roland Spies, State Farm Insurance Co.

Mr. Pat Thomas, United Parcel Service

Mr. Jerry Watson, Chairman Emeritus

[Emphasis added]

Like any of these folks would ever hang with DFHs?

It gets even better. On their Board of Scholars:

….Arthur B. Laffer is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research and consulting firm. As a result of Dr. Laffer’s economic insight and influence in starting a worldwide tax cutting movement during the 1980s, many publications have named him The Father of Supply Side Economics….

Reagonomics, eh?

Their Board of Directors:

National Chairman

Rep. Noble Ellington, Louisiana

Rep. Dave Frizzell, Indiana

Rep. John Piscopo, Connecticut  

Rep. Linda Upmeyer, Iowa

Rep. Liston Barfield, South Carolina

Immediate Past Chairman

Rep. Tom Craddick, Texas

Board Members

Sen. Curt Bramble, Utah

Rep. Steve McDaniel, Tennessee

Rep. Harold Brubaker, North Carolina

Sen. Ray Merrick, Kansas

Sen. Jim Buck, Indiana

Sen. Bill Raggio, Nevada

Sen. Kent Cravens, New Mexico

Sen. Dean Rhoads, Nevada

Rep. Jim Ellington, Mississippi

Sen. Chip Rogers, Georgia

Sen. Billy Hewes III, Mississippi

Sen. William Seitz, Ohio

Spkr. Bill Howell, Virginia

Rep. Curry Todd, Tennessee

Sen. Owen Johnson, New York

Sen. Susan Wagle, Kansas

Sen. Michael Lamoureux, Arkansas

Noble Ellington, republican

Dave Frizzell, republican

John Piscopo, republican

Linda Upmeyer, republican

Liston Barfield, republican

Tom Craddick, republican

Curt Bramble, republican

Steve McDaniel, republican

Harold Brubaker, republican

Ray Merrick, republican

Jim Buck, republican

Bill Raggio, republican

Kent Cravens, republican

Dean Rhoads, republican

Jim Ellington, republican

Chip Rogers, republican

Billy Hewes, republican

William Seitz, republican

Bill Howell, republican

Curry Todd, republican

Owen Johnson, republican

Susan Wagle, republican

Michael Lamoureux, republican

“…through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators…”

Really? They don’t even try for an appearance, do they?

Why should we care?:

One of the most important resources ALEC provides to its members is model legislation. Through the combined effort and unique partnership of public and private sector members, model legislation is drafted, deliberated and approved by one of ALEC’s eight Task Forces. These bills provide a valuable framework for developing effective policy ideas aimed at protecting and expanding our free society.

While ALEC provides the resources, our members, long known for their legislative activism, introduced hundreds of bills based on ALEC model legislation. During the latest legislative cycle, dozens of ALEC model bills were enacted into law.

Model legislation, like:

Federal Affairs Resolutions

Constitutional Convention Amendment

States’ Initiative Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Resolution Reaffirming Tenth Amendment Rights

Government of the People Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Madison Amendment

Accountability in Government Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Resolution Requesting Congress of the United States to Enact Legislation that Requires Congress to Specify the Constitutional Authority for the Enactment of Laws

Article V/Repeal Amendment: Resolution Calling for the Congress of the United States to Call an Amendment Convention Pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution to Propose a Constitutional Amendment

Tenthers!

Follow any of those resolution links and you get:

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[emphasis in original]

Though the list could explain the majority party’s legislative agenda in Missouri:

HCR 9 Barnes, Jay

Submits an official application by the State of Missouri for the calling of a federal amendment convention (LR# 0420L.02I)

HCR 12 Rowland, Lyle

Claims sovereignty for the State of Missouri under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government(LR# 0682L.01I)

HCR 19 Gatschenberger, Chuck

Submits an official application by the State of Missouri for the calling of a convention for proposing amendments to the United States Constitution(LR# 0497L.02I)

HCR 44 Barnes, Jay

Urges the United States Congress to propose a constitutional amendment under Article V of the United States Constition for ratification by the states regarding state sovereignty(LR# 1983L.02I)

There’s even stuff at ALEC on restricting environmental regulation:

Air Quality

….State Sovereignty for Air Quality and Visibility Act

Resolution in Opposition to EPA”s Regulation of Greenhouse Gases from Mobile Sources

Resolution In Opposition To EPA”s Plan To Regulate Greenhouse Gases Under The Clean Air Act…

And, in Missouri:

HCR 42 Funderburk, Doug

Urges the United States Congress to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions or to take action on climate change(LR# 1644L.01I)

There’s a lot more.

Coincidence? Just asking.