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Documents: Cheniere Fuels ALEC's New Push for Fracked Gas Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Today, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

Utility Trade Group Funds ALEC Attack on Americans Using Solar

Nick Surgey | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Nick Surgey

As ALEC prepares to meet in Dallas this week, the Center for Media and Democracy has uncovered new evidence that Edison Electric Institute -- the trade association for the U.S. utility industry -- has been funding ALEC's legislative assault on solar energy.

Former California Senator Gloria Romero and Her Unattractive Parent Trigger Law

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Romero might proudly claim California's parent trigger law as her own, but the idea did not originate with her. Moreover, four years after passage of California's parent trigger law, Romero has next to nothing to show for her "accomplishment."

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Steve Horn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogHeather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk ou...

The Long Con: How Conservative Ideology Became a Con

Lisa Longo | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Does anyone actually still believe the words "trickle-down theory" have any valid meaning? Is anyone buying into this fiction that increasing the minimum wage would ruin our economy but multi-million dollar executive salaries don't increase prices at all?

The Inside Story On ALEC

Chris Taylor | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Taylor

In the ALEC otherworld, actual economics do not count. It's all about a business-friendly environment. Hello, Third World.

Fracking Rules in North Carolina Tied to Koch, Halliburton, and ALEC

Jesse Coleman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Jesse Coleman

A new bill proposed in North Carolina would make it a felony offense for first responders, doctors, or public safety officials to disclose the ingredients of fracking fluid.

Revealed: ALEC's 2014 Attacks on the Environment

Nick Surgey | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Nick Surgey

ALEC's colorful spreadsheet provides insight into the lobbying agenda it pushed in the 2014 legislative sessions in states across the country. Here are the key pieces of legislation ALEC has been pushing.

Ohio Legislator Accused of Insulting Veterans In Hearing

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Ohio insulted veterans in a hearing he led this month on renewable-energy standards, according to a veteran in attendance. ...

Kate Sheppard

Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Inte...

So-Called Right to Work Is Still Wrong for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Lawmakers must resist the cheap corporate rhetoric pushed by ALEC and others that makes right-to-work seem like a solution. It isn't.

ALEC: The New-and-Improved Political Corruption

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Over the last 41 years, ALEC has worked tirelessly to tear down many of the programs and protections Americans, particularly seniors, have come to rely on, and only recently have many of their objectives come to light.

ALEC's Fracking Chemical Disclosure Bill Moving Through Florida Legislature

Steve Horn | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) model bill for disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground during the controversial hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") process is back for a sequel in the Sunshine State legislature.

ALEC's Half-Century Contract on the Boulder Highway, US 36

Anne Butterfield | Posted 03.31.2014 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

The long term contract is the fruit of a trend around the nation, decried by many, to invent "public private partnerships," also known as P3's, following a grand design crafted by former Colorado State Rep. Glenn Vaad, in the eagle nest of committee meetings he chaired with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Sam Stein

Latest Obamacare Horror Provision Was Championed By ALEC

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new catalyst for angst over President Barack Obama's health care law is a provision that allows states to recoup the cost of long-term...

Amanda Terkel

ALEC Drops Proposed Legislation Chipping Away At The 17th Amendment

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council has chosen not to endorse proposed legislation that would chip away at the curren...

What Would MLK Be Marching for Today?

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

King began his activism as a crusader against racial segregation, but he soon recognized that his battle was part of a much broader fight for a more humane society.

2014: The End Game in Telecommunications: The Perfect, Man-Made Storm

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Since deregulation, landline costs skyrocket. The monthly cost of measured AT&T phone service (in California) has soared more than 260% since 2008." ...

ALEC Wants Your Legislator's Loyalty -- And You Get to Foot the Bill

Dan Montgomery | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Dan Montgomery

The Guardian uncovered an internal ALEC document that proposed a "loyalty oath" that ALEC state chairs must take that states: "I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first." That's right. They aren't supposed to put the interests of the taxpayers who elected them first.

Is Carbon Pricing a Diversion From the Real Story?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

One of the more solid tenets of Big Oil dogma has always been that carbon pricing, whether a straightforward tax or a market-based cap-and-trade system, is terrible and conservatives must stand in unison against it.

Climate Change This Week: Sudden Surprises, Cheap Wind, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Gradual Climate Shifts Could Have Sudden Impacts says the US National Research Council, reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central. Abrupt shifts in the c...

Illinois Democrats Wage Class War

Carl Gibson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Chicago
Carl Gibson

Try and name one difference between the policies of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that isn't of importance to evangelicals -- I'll wait.

Stink Tanks: Historical Records Reveal State Policy Network Was Created by ALEC

Steve Horn | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

ALEC is currently under fire for potentially abusing its 501(c)(3) non-profit IRS charity tax status, acting as a shadow lobbying apparatus and "corporate bill mill" throughout its 40 years of existence.

Why I'm Breaking up With Google

Stephen Hren | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Stephen Hren

Rather than allow myself to be further abused by what seemed like such a nice corporate entity -- it continuously spouted its "Don't Be Evil" motto repeatedly to me even as it's cheated on me again and again -- I'm breaking up with Google

Big Corporations Abandoning Conservative Group That Pushes Changes in State Laws

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It's amazing how a little sunlight will change the behavior of some of the biggest names in corporate America -- sunlight here meaning greater transparency and accountability.