That’s some serious jeopardy.
A report by Progress Missouri on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC):
EXPOSED: ALEC’s Influence in Missouri
Progress Missouri today released a detailed research report exposing the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the Missouri Capitol. Through ALEC, corporations hand Missouri legislators wish lists in the form of “model” legislation that often directly benefit their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families. Behind closed doors, numerous ALEC model bills are crafted by corporations, for corporations. Elected officials who are members of ALEC then bring their model legislation back to Missouri, where they claim them as their own ideas and important public policy innovations without disclosing that corporations crafted and pre-voted on the bills at closed-door meetings with legislators who are part of ALEC.
Progress Missouri has identified more than 40 Missouri bills that directly echo ALEC models. ALEC bills in Missouri include so-called right to work laws, bans on implementation of the Common Core State Standards, resolutions supporting the Keystone XL pipeline, an act relating to wireless communication towers, voter registration hurdles, a “parent trigger act,” a “parents’ rights”resolution, purely political resolutions “reaffirming 10th amendment rights,” a “private attorney retention act,” an Anti-Affordable Care Act ballot measure, a resolution opposing food and beverage taxes, an “asbestos fairness act,” a resolution supporting the electoral college, a “castle doctrine” law,a resolution encouraging congress to undermine Social Security, and a “private property protection act.”
Participating legislators, who are overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, bring ALEC proposals back to Missouri and other statehouses as their own ideas and important public policy innovations, without disclosing that corporations crafted and pre-voted on the bills alongside legislators in closed-door meetings at fancy resorts. ALEC boasts that it has over1,000 of these bills are introduced by legislative members every year, with at least one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and”unmatched” organization.
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Go. Read the whole thing.
A film on (ALEC):
ALEC’s corporate supporters in Missouri (May 6, 2012)
Finally, documentation of voter impersonation fraud in Missouri. Zero. (August 12, 2012)
Do you too wonder why Republicans think legislative ethics don’t “impact” Missourians? (April 14, 2013)