Yesterday my friends at Progress Missouri made national news when they released a study that showed at least 30 cookie-cutter ALEC bills had come through the state legislature since the GOP took control in 2000 via term limits.
Today, ALEC announced they are through meddling in our elections and gun laws, indeed, in all non-economic/free market matters:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kaitlyn Buss
ALEC Sharpens Focus on Jobs, Free Markets and Growth – Announces the End of the Task Force that Dealt with Non-Economic Issues
(Washington, D.C.) April 17, 2012-David Frizzell, Indiana State Representative and 2012 National Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), issued the following statement today on behalf of ALEC’s Legislative Board of Directors:
“Today we are redoubling our efforts on the economic front, a priority that has been the hallmark of our organization for decades. Fostering the exchange of pro-growth, solutions-oriented ideas is precisely why ALEC exists.
“To that end, our legislative board last week unanimously agreed to further our work on policies that will help spur innovation and competitiveness across the country.
“We are refocusing our commitment to free-market, limited government and pro-growth principles, and have made changes internally to reflect this renewed focus.
“We are eliminating the ALEC Public Safety and Elections task force that dealt with non-economic issues, and reinvesting these resources in the task forces that focus on the economy. The remaining budgetary and economic issues will be reassigned.
“While we recognize there are other critical, non-economic issues that are vitally important to millions of Americans, we believe we must concentrate on initiatives that spur competitiveness and innovation and put more Americans back to work.
“Our free-market, limited government, pro-growth policies are the reason ALEC enjoys the support of legislators on both sides of the aisle and in all 50 states. ALEC members are interested in solutions that put the American economy back on track. This is our mission, and it is what distinguishes us.”
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the nation’s largest nonpartisan individual membership association of state legislators, with over 2,000 state legislators across the nation and more than 100 alumni members in Congress. ALEC’s mission is to promote free markets, limited government, and federalism throughout the states.
I knew that being exposed would have some effect on the way they do business, but I really, really, really didn’t expect this. But I do know I like this feeling and I will never take my eyes off them ever again, because they can do enough damage in the economic sphere with their free-market nonsense.