The American Legislative Exchange Council describes itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership.” But “United States of ALEC” finds that:
Behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.
As we’ve reported and as the Center for Media and Democracy’s ALEC Exposed has documented, in statehouses around the country, hundreds of pieces of boilerplate ALEC legislation are proposed or enacted that would, among other things, dilute collective bargaining rights, make it harder for some Americans to vote and limit corporate liability for harm caused to consumers—each accomplished without the public ever knowing who’s behind it.
Be sure to tune into Moyers and Company, hosted by Bill Moyers, for this in-depth look at the corporate-backed and extremist ALEC. If you are in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11, Common Cause will host a screening of an extended version of the “United States of ALEC,” followed by a question-and-answer session led by Robert Reich, Common Cause’s national board chairman. The screening is scheduled for 6 p.m. EDT at the National Press Club. Find out more and RSVP.