My previous blog ‘PA State House Judiciary Committee: NO on HB683!’ referred to a model bill entitled the “Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act,” by The American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC.
If you don’t know, per the site linked below: “In April 2012, Common Cause launched a whistleblower complaint against ALEC, charging that it misuses charity laws, massively underreports lobbying, and obtains improper tax breaks for corporate funders at the taxpayers’ expense. Over 4,000 pages of ALEC documents were submitted as evidence.
ALEC counts among its members some 2,000 state legislators and corporate executives. They sit side-by-side and collaborate to draft “model” bills that reach into areas of American life ranging from voting rights to environmental protection. They work in concert to get those bills passed in statehouses across the country.”
More on ALEC here: http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=7743229
“I always loved going to these meetings because I always found new ideas. Then I’d take them back to Wisconsin, disguise them a little bit, and declare that ‘It’s mine.’”
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson
The link is a report entitled “How ALEC Uses Corporate-Funded “Scholarships” to Send Lawmakers on Trips with Corporate Lobbyists” © 2012 The Center for Media and Democracy, D.B.A. Press, and Common Cause:
Here is the host site, which has timely updates on this circumvention of your democratic republic by the few and shrinking elite of The Political Class:
For we Pennsylvania readers, here is a local report, “Behind Closed Doors: ALEC and Pennsylvania Legislation (How a secretive group of corporate lobbyists are writing Pennsylvania’s laws)”, by Keystone Progress August 2, 2011