Words from the President
I wanted to share this interesting information on a very serious problem in current Missouri politics:
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.
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