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American Legislative Exchange Council

ALEC's Most Wanted: Exposing a Front Group for Fossil Fuel Interests (and Other Corporations)

Gabe Elsner | Posted 07.14.2013 | Media
Gabe Elsner

As Director of the Checks & Balances Project, I was one of the eight people featured on the "ALEC Most Wanted" document alongside other reporters and public interest advocates who have criticized ALEC's efforts to influence state legislators on behalf of special interests.

ALEC's War on Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

They are trying to destroy safeguards that protect us from harm and ensure that we have a voice in our state capitals. That's why it is critical that our legislators hear a diversity of voices. If they don't, ALEC and its friends in big business will push through their agenda at our expense.

The Threat to Climate Education

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 06.29.2013 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

Who is responsible for balancing what information your children learn at school? Teachers. Unfortunately, the polarization of climate change makes it challenging for teachers who understand only too well that our children must live in science-literate society.

The Ugly States of the Union

Jim Worth | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

At a time when this country needs to pull together, when the world is embroiled in difficult financial and life-changing struggles there are states that are trying to rip our democracy apart.

Efforts to Deliver 'Kill Shot' to Paid Sick Leave Tied to ALEC

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Advocates have helped pass paid sick day laws in cities like San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle and Portland, but big business has been pushing back.

ALEC Energy Director Misleads the Wall Street Journal

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
Gabe Elsner

In Friday's Wall Street Journal story, "States Cooling to Renewable Energy," ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Director Todd Wynn claimed, "I have not received one dime to work directly on renewable-energy mandates."

John Celock

New Backers Behind Constitutional Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

Advocates for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution have pinned their hopes on state legislatures calling for a new constitutional conv...

Regulatory Capture of the FCC -- Time to Clean House

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T, with the help of Verizon and the cable companies have 'captured' the FCC -- and have been able to get the federal agency to create and shape a working group designed specifically to remove all regulations and obligations.

John Celock

ALEC Stresses Transparency, Reaveals Model Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

The American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative leaning group connecting businesses and lawmakers, has posted its model state legislation ...

Florida Pushing ALEC, CSG Sham Fracking Chemical Disclosure Model Bill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

While some speculate as to whether fracking will ever actually happen in Florida, the oil and gas industry has shown it's serious about developing this shale basin and will host the "Emerging Shale Plays USA" conference in Houston, Texas from April 24-25.

ALEC Sham Chemical Disclosure Model Tucked Into Illinois Fracking Bill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Illinois is the next state on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)'s target list for putting the oil industry's interests ahead of the public interest.

The Separation of Profit and State

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Thirty years on, the Reagan Revolution has done its job, or nearly so. There's no sustaining integrity left to how our society is organized, no principle that can't be gamed for private benefit.

Shedding a Tear for the Insurance Industry?

Brian Young | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Brian Young

ALEC and their allies in government and the media can cry their crocodile tears for the poor, downtrodden insurance companies, but I won't shed a tear for the multimillion dollar industry.

State Bill Looks To Replicate Brewer Plan

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

Republican lawmakers in Kansas are finalizing "phase one" in a plan to eliminate the state's civil service protections. The state House Appropriat...

Three States Pushing ALEC Bill to Require Teaching Climate Change Denial in Schools

Steve Horn | Posted 04.03.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

January has just ended, yet ALEC has already planted its "Environmental Literacy Improvement Act" -- which mandates a "balanced" teaching of climate science in K-12 classrooms -- in the state legislatures of Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona so far this year.

The Silent Minority

Jim Worth | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

No longer the party of Lincoln, or even Reagan for that matter, the contemporary GOP has become a deceptive and secretive party given to lies and subterfuge; deceiving the American people for over three decades.

Koch Brothers Fund Bogus Studies to Kill Renewable Energy

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

You can say one thing about the Koch brothers: They don't let the facts get in their way. But the truth about renewable electricity standards is that they have not significantly increased rates. In some cases, rates have even dropped a bit.

A New Court Decision Injects Some Sanity Into America's Gun Policy

Jonathan Lowy | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Lowy

Remember Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American gunned down in February by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, with a semiautomatic handgun that the State of Florida had licensed Zimmerman to carry, loaded and concealed?

GOP State Senator Resigns After Attending Controversial Birther Lecture

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

The Georgia Republican leader who organized an October lecture for GOP lawmakers in which a birther activist said that President Barack Obama and the ...

'Green News Report' - November 27, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.27.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S...

John Celock

Georgia Republican Distances Himself From Obama 'Mind-Control' Lecture

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

The Republican majority leader of the Georgia state Senate is distancing himself from a lecture he organized last month for Republican senators in whi...

GOP Governor Says No To 'Obama Way', Dems Say Pay-To-Play

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) decision to headline a lobbyist-packed Republican Party fundraiser Monday evening is drawing criticism from state Demo...

ALEC: The Scheme to Remake America, One State House at a Time

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

This week, we report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most Americans have never heard of.

'Won't Back Down' Film Pushes ALEC Parent Trigger Proposal

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Mary Bottari

As the movie's stars take to the airwaves this week to promote the film, it is unlikely they will discuss the agenda of the film's billionaire backers or the right-wing politicians and for-profit firms who are promoting the parent trigger idea.

Paul Blumenthal

Koch Brothers Targeted By 'Greed Agenda' Bus Tour

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Koch brothers might be coming to a town near you, but not in a way that they'd want. Patriot Majority USA is launching a national bu...