ALEC is digging in
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its corporate members are hearing our message about their exploitation of federal tax laws and their lobbying on behalf of legislation that puts private profit ahead of the public interest.
But just because ALEC has disbanded its public safety and elections task force, the source of some of its most noxious proposals, don’t think for a moment that it’s backing down. A report today in The Christian Post suggests that ALEC is simply going underground with its support for bad bills like Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” gun law and voter ID requirements that would disenfranchise millions of students, elderly, disabled and minority voters.
“ALEC’s decision won’t impact the important issues we’ve worked on,” said Texas state Rep. Jerry Madden, the chairman of the Public Safety Task Force. “But I will say this, these groups are targeting ALEC because when conservatives get together, we influence state and federal policy in a major way and these groups are scared of us – and should be.”
Well, Rep. Madden, as far as we’re concerned conservatives are more than welcome to get together to advance their views. That’s the American way.
But no one should expect American taxpayers to provide a tax exemption to subsidize their attempts to influence legislation. And no corporation should align itself with an organization that works to deny Americans their voting rights, undermine public schools, promote vigilante gun laws, weaken clean air and clean water regulations and shield the manufacturers of dangerous and defective products.
ALEC, sadly, has done all that and more.