Last week, we released our 2013 report on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC)
influence in Missouri. And it’s not a pretty picture.
ALEC has its fingerprints all over a number of proposed bills, and
its tendrils reach into the campaign accounts of many legislators.
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.
Our report is online here, and is set up so it can easily be downloaded and shared.
In addition to our report, we also
recommend that you check out the short Moyers & Company documentary on ALEC.
It’s freely available on YouTube and Vimeo.
We need your help spreading the word,
and holding our legislators accountable. If your Representative or Senator is
an ALEC member, demand that they
explain their affiliation and what they’ve done on behalf of ALEC’s corporate
members in Jefferson City.
Thank you for all you do,
Sean Soendker Nicholson