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Colorado Initiative 71: Corporate Initiative to End Citizen Ballot Initiative

Michele Swenson | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics
Michele Swenson

Ironically, the oil and gas front groups pushing Colorado Initiative 71 assert that outside special interests are "polluting" Colorado's Constitution. Corporate lobbyists led by oil and gas represent the largest wealthy special interest.

Trump Economic Adviser "Pushing" for Climate Denier, Fracking Promoter to Head EPA

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Heritage Foundation | YouTube ScreenshotCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogStephen Moore -- economic adviser for Republican Party presidential ...

AARP To Withdraw From Controversial Conservative Group Amid Rising Pressure

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics

AARP announced on Thursday that it plans to let its membership in a controversial conservative group expire at the end of the year, a clear response t...

SMART ALEC Founder Refuses to Cease and Desist

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Matthew Charles Cardinale, activist, law student, and affordable housing advocate, refused to respond to ALEC's demand to cease using the name "SMART ...

ALEC In Indianapolis: ExxonMobil And The #WebOfDenial

Connor Gibson | Posted 07.29.2016 | Green
Connor Gibson

This month, nineteen United States Senators called attention to the Web of Denial, a network of front groups that oppose any productive action to combat climate change.

Web Of Denial Groups Protesting Democrat Focus Get $92m In Funding

Cindy Baxter | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Cindy Baxter

As Democrat Senators spent two days this week outlining the cash funneled to front groups in the fossil fuel-funded climate "Web of Denial," predictably, some of the spiders started crawling out of that web.

Progressives Need SMART ALEC Approach to Policies

Lance Simmens | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
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Lance Simmens

Politicians and policy-makers love to borrow or steal good ideas. There are organizations that represent elected officials on all levels of government...

An Open Letter to Charles G. Koch

Michael Brune | Posted 05.03.2016 | Green
Michael Brune

An overwhelming majority of Americans and business leaders support policies that incentivize investment in and development of clean energy. We hope that you'll join the push toward the clean energy economy and invest in the clean energy sources that increasingly are powering America and the world.

Oklahoma Public Education Under Attack: The ALEC, CRPE, Legislative Connection

Kim A. Harris, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Kim A. Harris, Ph.D.

Ellen Sweatt/Photo Today Oklahoma education is under attack. I am angry, and I think you will be angry too. Truthfully, I don't know if Oklahoma...

Democracy Awakening: A Call to Action for People and the Planet

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 04.14.2016 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

We can and must do the same when it comes to protecting our voting rights and addressing big moneyed interests' disproportional sway in our politics. Corporate influence over our democracy is one of the biggest threats to our food, water and climate.

Chamber of Commerce Works to Defeat, Not Implement Its Own Members Preferences

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

If the Chamber of Commerce is not really the voice of its members as it claims, whose voice does the Chamber really represent, and why?

Exposing Misleading 'Business Climate' Rankings

Erica Williams | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Erica Williams

The new website Grading the States: Business Climate Rankings and the Real Path to Prosperity debunks the state rankings from several organizations pu...

A Koch Industries Lobbyist Took My Phone! (VIDEO)

Connor Gibson | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Connor Gibson

The American Legislative Exchange Council's three annual meetings are quite the spectacle. This month, at ALEC's third and final meeting of the year in Scottsdale, Arizona, I had an interesting encounter with a member of ALEC's board of directors.

Ford Revealed As Funder Of Climate Denial Group ALEC

Nick Surgey | Posted 11.06.2016 | Green
Nick Surgey

A Ford spokesperson, Christin Baker, confirmed the ALEC grant to the Center for Media and Democracy/PRWatch, but said that the funding was not intended to be used by ALEC to block action on climate change.

Ohio Politicians on "Energy Mandates Study Committee" Took $830,000 From Dirty Energy Companies

Connor Gibson | Posted 10.16.2016 | Green
Connor Gibson

A wolf pack of in-state utilities and out-of-state petrochemical billionaires has attacked Ohio's clean energy law, threatening to kill clean jobs and wreak further damage on the environment.

Back to ALEC, Back to (Private) School

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

ALEC and its members, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), have become more powerful than our citizens' voices at the State Capitol. Despite massive public urging for adequate K-12 public education funding, Republicans legislators aren't listening.

Shell Leaves ALEC, Is Still Terrible

Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.27.2016 | Green
Derrick Crowe

Shell's extraction from ALEC is part of a larger ongoing effort to position the company as concerned about the environment, responsible, and supportive of efforts to mitigate climate change. Don't believe it for a second.

Who Owns the Presidential Candidates?

Alan Singer | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The first Fox News Republican Party Presidential debates are over. Not surprisingly Donald Trump entertained and insulted. The supporting cast for his new apprentice show mostly hung out in the background.

'Green News Report' - August 11, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.11.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Toxic mine spill contaminates waterways across three Southwest states; On...

Conservative Group Wants To Preserve Freedom Of Choice -- Paper Or Plastic, That Is

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Model legislative language proposed at a recent meeting of a conservative policy group would prevent cities and other local governments from banning o...

Scott Walker Appeals To Anti-Union Crowd At ALEC Conference

Capital & Main | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

This story originally appeared in Capital & Main. Sign up for email alerts from Capital & Main. Scott Walker couldn’t have asked for more. When the...

ALEC Confidential: Inside The Secretive Group's Annual Conference

Capital & Main | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

This story originally appeared in Capital & Main. Sign up for email alerts from Capital & Main. The 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Legislative E...

Walker: Doing the Business of His Corporate Masters

Dolores Huerta | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Dolores Huerta

ALEC, its member organizations, and Walker seem to be in lock step, pushing a far-right agenda that does not serve average working families. Walker's full embrace of ALEC gives us a good window into the control he would give to corporations and ALEC if he became president.

Hot Topics At ALEC's 2015 Meeting This Week In San Diego

Mary Bottari | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Disclosure of electoral spending has widespread support among the public, and it still has support among many Republican state lawmakers. ALEC, it seems, is trying to change that.

Uncovered: Corporate Lobbying Funded by Your Tax Dollars

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Brendan Fischer of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) tells us about CMD and Common Cause's latest submission to the International Revenue Service (IRS) showing that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) functions as a corporate lobbying group, in violation of the tax code for 501(c)(3) charities.