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Back to ALEC, Back to (Private) School

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 08.28.2015 | 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 08.27.2015 | 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 08.25.2015 | 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 08.11.2015 | 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; ...

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 ...

Scott Walker Appeals To Anti-Union Crowd At ALEC Conference

Capital & Main | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

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ALEC Confidential: Inside The Secretive Group's Annual Conference

Capital & Main | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

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Walker: Doing the Business of His Corporate Masters

Dolores Huerta | Posted 07.22.2015 | 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 07.20.2015 | 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 05.28.2015 | 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.

Telecom Sleaze: ALEC and Its Communication's Funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

But it is ALEC that should cease operations and everyone reading this must ask -- why is the Department of Justice (DOJ) not investigating ALEC and its corporate communications members and funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast & Time Warner Cable?

Charles Koch's Cut-and-Paste Attack on Clean Energy in North Carolina

Connor Gibson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Almost every player has ties back to Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch, and despite previous failures, the formula is exactly the same.

ALEC Climate Denial: Corporate Bill Mill Threatens Lawsuit for Saying So

Steve Horn | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has threatened public interest group Common Cause with a lawsuit for pointing out what the public record has made clear: ALEC denies the scientific consensus on climate change.

'Green News Report' - April 7, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Shell Oil returns to the Arctic (buckle up!); ALEC now pretending it ne...

Full Koch Press for ALEC Right-to-Work Bill in Wisconsin

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The ALEC drill team was on full display this week. At Tuesday's public hearing, the only people to testify in favor of the bill were representatives of the corporations that would profit from lower wages in Wisconsin and an array of experts bankrolled by the Kochs.

Pfizer Should Follow the Tech Industry Out of ALEC

Brant Olson | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Brant Olson

If Pfizer wants to retain credibility on its commitment to stopping climate change, the company should follow the lead of the tech industry and leave ALEC in the same way it left the notoriously anti-climate Heartland institute.

2015: The Trend Line for Communications Services -- Phone, Broadband, Internet, Cable TV & Wireless -- Sucks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

As a telecom analyst for over 30+ years, I've been tracking the trend lines of communications services. And from the customer perspective -- your perspective -- 2015 will be like watching a train wreck in slow motion -- and continue over the next few years.

6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

When we heard about Federal cuts to environmental initiatives, we couldn't help but think of the potential disaster when climate-denying forces really take power next year. So here are six reasons to be optimistic under even the most climate-denying Congress.

Bargaining Power to the People

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Moving right-to-work (for less) from the state to the county level is the latest tactic in the relentless campaign by CEOs and corporations to reverse gains made by workers in the 1930s New Deal.

eBay Splits From Controversial Political Group ALEC

Reuters | Deepa Seethharaman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology

Dec 18 (Reuters) - eBay Inc said on Thursday that it will end its association with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political group that o...

Samantha Lachman

Democratic Group Aims To Advance 'People's Agenda' In States | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 200 Democratic lawmakers were surprisingly upbeat here Friday, given the drubbing they experienced in state legislative chambe...

President Walker? 5 Things You Should Know About Scott (Calvin) Walker

Mary Bottari | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is walking and talking a lot like he is running for President of the United States. Here are five things that you need to know about the cheddarhead with Coolidge-like ambitions.

Emerson Electric Latest to Confirm ALEC Exit

Nick Surgey | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Nick Surgey

Emerson first revealed that it ended its association in discussions with Walden Asset Management, which has engaged the corporation over its affiliation with ALEC. An Emerson spokesperson confirmed this to CMD, but refused to provide further details about the reason for its decision or precisely when the relationship ended.

AOL Latest Tech Company to Cut Ties With ALEC

Nick Surgey | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Nick Surgey

Following renewed public concern about climate change, ALEC's corporate funders appear increasingly unwilling to be publicly associated with the group.

SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.