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Research ALEC before voting | Letters

November 5, 2012 · Updated 3:03 PM

I recently watched an episode of PBS’s “Moyers and Company” that dealt with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

ALEC is a corporate-funded organization that puts lobbyists together with legislators from around the country in order to write “model” legislation that the ALEC members take back to their various legislatures and introduce as their “own” bills. This, of course, puts the corporate influence into the bill before it even gets to the state legislature.

The show featured an interactive map that allowed viewers to see if any of their legislators were ALEC members. The map indicated that Barbara Bailey was a member of both ALEC and an ALEC task force — health and human services.

I called Rep. Bailey’s Oak Harbor office to ask if the map information was accurate. The person who answered the phone said yes, she did in fact hold those two memberships, among many others.

I would strongly urge anyone who is concerned about corporate influence and money on the democratic process to research ALEC and how it does business.

“The United States of ALEC” may still be viewed at billmoyers.com.

Richard Johnston



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