Examining the growing influence of ALEC in NC

Public forum Tuesday, Feb. 19th in Raleigh

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an organization, funded primarily by contributions from major for-profit corporations, which writes model legislation on anything and everything that would benefit its donors’ bottom-line and eliminate opposition to its agenda of corporate empowerment and voter disenfranchisement. Yikes!

It’s what happens after ALEC comes up with these model bills that makes it such a controversial outfit and the reason it will be the subject of a public forum in Raleigh next week. From the ALEC Exposed Wiki:

Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. We agree. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door.

On Tuesday, February 19 at 7 PM, we will join with Common Cause, North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the Sierra Club, Progress NC Action, and the Raleigh-Wake MoveOn Council to air the Bill Moyers documentary, United States of ALEC, followed by a panel discussion led by the national president of Common Cause, Bob Edgar.

What: Public forum including screening of United States of ALEC and panel discussion
When: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at 7 PM
Where: Pullen Memorial Baptist Church fellowship hall, 1801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27605

For more information or to RSVP, contact Bob Phillips at (919) 836-0027 or bphillips@commoncause.org.

Watch a preview for United States of ALEC: