ALEC Exposed: The Wiki Page

August 23, 2011

They’ve got our tagline.  They’ve got our talking points.  They’ve even got our government private sector handshake logo. Check out the ALEC Exposed Wikipedia page for everything you need to know about ALEC and its proposed legislation!

ALEC Exposed Wiki

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ALEC Exposed: Round Two!

July 22, 2011

As you can see, we have been posting a lot of new articles involving NPR’s public exposure of ALEC.  It turns out that NPR is not the only one interested in this story, as Bloomberg and the Huffington Post have now published investigative stories on the corrupt handshake between the corporations and Congress.

View these new articles here:

Koch, Exxon Mobil Among Corporations Helping Write State Laws

ALEC Exposed: Milton Friedman’s Little Shop of Horrors

ALEC:  Democracy’s Arch-Nemesis


CCA and ALEC

July 21, 2011

The Arizona SB 1070 legislation has sparked great enthusiasm from many other state legislators who want to pass similar immigration laws.  But is it not curious that Nashville had an unusually large influence on this controversial Arizona law?  CCA, also known as Corrections Corporation of America, is a Nashville based company that owns prisons and detention centers.  Managing more than 60 facilities, the CCA is now the largest partnership corrections company in the United States.

The private prison companies owned by CCA received donations from corporations and lobbyists that were members of ALEC, the conservative fiscal reform organization who drafted Arizona SB 1070.

One of the founders of CCA is none other than T. Don Hutto, whose Texas for-profit detention center by the same name was infamous for subjecting immigrants to inhumane conditions.

For more information on CCA, please visit these links:

CCA Website

CCA, immigration, and ALEC: the long-brewing national story


NPR Exposes ALEC

July 21, 2011

Since 2008, NPR has been working to shed a new light on the corrupt relationship between the SB 1070 legislation, private detention centers, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  Check out these great articles and radio transcripts to learn more about the unethical handshake between the government and the private sector.

Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law

Immigration Detention Centers Under Suspicion

Shaping State Laws with Little Scrutiny


Meet ALEC

June 29, 2011

“Limited Government, Free Markets, Federalism” – this is the tagline for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization that has helped draft model bills for conservative legislators to introduce to Congress for the past forty years.  But this is no Tea Party – the exclusive organization is primarily comprised of wealthy owners of mega corporations, including the Koch brothers and Jack Kemp.  This tax-exempt organization introduces 1000 pieces of legislation during each legislative cycle, and 18% of these bills are passed into law.  One of their most controversial laws? – None other than SB 1070, the 2010 Arizona immigration law, or as they called it, the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”.

Worst of all, several members of the private prison industry collaborated with ALEC to lobby for SB 1070.  Thus, it appears that Congress, the major corporations, and prison detention centers have become intertwined in this deplorable business deal to secure power over poor migrant workers, all in the name of “law enforcement and safe neighborhoods”.

For more information about ALEC, read this Source Watch page:

Source Watch

And check out this revealing article from Salon:

Private Prison Industry Helped Draft Arizona Immigration Law


The Key Players: ALEC, Detention Centers, and Congress

June 29, 2011

Here is a convenient diagram that reveals the corrupt alliance behind the SB 1070 Arizona immigration law: