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Michigan Says, 'Sorry We Slapped Your Wrist Too Hard': Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Mondays with ALEC: Education

Mondays with ALEC: Education

In the latest installment of a regular Monday series, StandUpToALEC.org is highlighting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its agenda on education. ALEC pursues an extreme corporate agenda in state legislatures, directly attacking the rights of working families. In the recent decades the organization has been operating, they have had successes in rolling back the rights of America's workers on a variety of issues. In the past few years, though, broad efforts have been made to push back against the ALEC agenda and while there have been a lot of victories, more work needs to be done. Raising awareness about the organization is a big part of that, and Mondays with ALEC is an effort toward that goal.

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Mondays with ALEC: Immigration

Mondays with ALEC: Immigration

In the second in a regular Monday series, StandUpToALEC.org is highlighting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its agenda on immigration. ALEC pursues an extreme corporate agenda in state legislatures, directly attacking the rights of working families. In the recent decades the organization has been operating, they have had successes in rolling back the rights of Americans on a variety of issues. In the past few years, though, broad efforts have been made to push back against the ALEC agenda and while there have been a lot of victories, more work needs to be done. Raising awareness about the organization is a big part of that, and Mondays with ALEC is an effort toward that goal.

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Mondays with ALEC: How ALEC Cuts Your Paycheck

Mondays with ALEC: How ALEC Cuts Your Paycheck

In the first of a regular Monday series, StandUpToALEC.org is highlighting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its agenda on wages and income inequality. ALEC pursues an extreme corporate agenda in state legislators, directly attacking the rights of working families. In the recent decades the organization has been operating, they have had a lot of successes in rolling back the rights of Americans on a variety of issues. In the past few years, though, broad efforts have been made to push back against the ALEC agenda and while there have been a lot of victories, more work needs to be done. Raising awareness about the organization is a big part of that, and Mondays with ALEC is an effort toward that goal.

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Hey, Google, Remember That Whole 'Don't Be Evil' Thing? ALEC Is Evil. Seriously

Hey, Google, Remember That Whole 'Don't Be Evil' Thing? ALEC Is Evil. Seriously

Famously, Google's informal company motto is "don't be evil." The slogan isn't "don't be evil yourself, but giving others money to do evil is OK." If the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) had a motto, it would be "do as much evil as you can." One of these things is not like the other.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial: No Loyalty to ALEC

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new editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights the recent revelations about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its influence on state legislators. In particular, the editorial takes umbrage at a proposed loyalty oath for ALEC members that would have required them to place the extremist pro-corporate organization above the needs of constituents and the state and national constitutions.

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12 Ways the State Policy Network Could Assault the Rights of Working Families in 2014

12 Ways the State Policy Network Could Assault the Rights of Working Families in 2014

A new article from the Guardian reveals that the State Policy Network (SPN) is planning a significant assault on the rights of working families in 2014 state legislative sessions. Through the Searle Freedom Trust, a foundation it created in 2011, SPN plans to offer sizable grants to supposedly independent, non-partisan think tanks in the states. SPN collected 40 grant proposals from these think tanks and will grant funding through Searle to 20 of them. The proposals are for numerous extreme right-wing policy options, very similar to those proposed by groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the think tanks already receive funding from the typical extremist anti-working family funders like the Koch brothers.

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New ALEC Documents Show Why the SEC Needs to Require Corporate Political Spending Disclosure

New revelations about the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) illustrate the need for greater transparency by corporations for their political and lobbying spending. The internal documents released by The Guardian show that ALEC has targeted dozens of large corporations for fundraising in 2013, including what ALEC calls “prodigal son” corporations that had previously dropped their membership because of the organization’s controversial positions.

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Internal Documents Show that ALEC Is Bleeding Members, Corporate Sponsors, and Money

Photo courtesy Mentat Mark

An article from the Guardian today revealed internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that show the conservative, pro-corporate organization is facing significant trouble, having seen sharp declines in membership, corporate sponsorship and income in recent months. The documents also show the organization, already known for supporting extreme policies that go against the wishes of the American public and attack the rights of working families, recently considered a number of even more extreme policies and is seeking to provide legal cover for its activities. Groups with the charitable legal status of 501(c)(3), which ALEC currently has, are forbidden from lobbying. ALEC claims it isn't engaged in lobbying, but documents show it has sought to create a 501(c)(4) spin-off organization that would not just allow it to engage more overtly in lobbying but, according to the documents, would provide cover for the activities it already engages in. Which it says totally aren't lobbying. Really.

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