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*** [http://www.bradblog.com/?page_id=8955 BradBlog coverage of the story]
 
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** [https://www.thedailybeast.com/republicans-admit-voter-id-laws-are-aimed-at-democratic-voters ''Daily Beast'', "Republicans Admit Voter ID Laws Are Aimed at Democratic Voters", 2013/08/28]: "And the particular restrictions imposed by Republican lawmakers—limiting the acceptable forms of identification, ending opportunities for student voting, reducing hours for early voting—certainly do appear aimed at Democratic voters. Indeed, in a column for right-wing clearinghouse WorldNetDaily, longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly acknowledged as much with a defense of North Carolina’s new voting law, which has been criticized for its restrictions on access, among other things. [...] Last spring, for example, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai told a gathering of Republicans that their voter identification law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” That summer, at an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation, former ''Wall Street Journal'' columnist John Fund conceded that Democrats had a point about the GOP’s focus on voter ID, as opposed to those measures—such as absentee balloting—that are vulnerable to tampering. [...] After the election, former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer told ''The Palm Beach Post'' that the explicit goal of the state’s voter-ID law was Democratic suppression."
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** [http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/7-29-16%204th%20Circuit%20NAACP%20v%20NC.pdf United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, no. 16-1468: ''North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP v. North Carolina'', appeal decision, 2016/07/29]: "The State then elaborated on its justification, explaining that “[c]ounties with Sunday voting in 2014 were disproportionately black” and “disproportionately Democratic.” J.A. 22348-49. In response, SL 2013-381 did away with one of the two days of Sunday voting. See N.C. State Conf., 2016 WL 1650774, at *15. Thus, in what comes as close to a smoking gun as we are likely to see in modern times, the State’s very justification for a challenged statute hinges explicitly on race -- specifically its concern that African Americans, who had overwhelmingly voted for Democrats, had too much access to the franchise."
 
* Voter ID requirements
 
* Voter ID requirements
** [https://www.thedailybeast.com/republicans-admit-voter-id-laws-are-aimed-at-democratic-voters ''Daily Beast'', "Republicans Admit Voter ID Laws Are Aimed at Democratic Voters", 2013/08/28]: "And the particular restrictions imposed by Republican lawmakers—limiting the acceptable forms of identification, ending opportunities for student voting, reducing hours for early voting—certainly do appear aimed at Democratic voters. Indeed, in a column for right-wing clearinghouse WorldNetDaily, longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly acknowledged as much with a defense of North Carolina’s new voting law, which has been criticized for its restrictions on access, among other things. [...] Last spring, for example, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai told a gathering of Republicans that their voter identification law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” That summer, at an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation, former ''Wall Street Journal'' columnist John Fund conceded that Democrats had a point about the GOP’s focus on voter ID, as opposed to those measures—such as absentee balloting—that are vulnerable to tampering. [...] After the election, former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer told ''The Palm Beach Post'' that the explicit goal of the state’s voter-ID law was Democratic suppression."
 
 
** [https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/how-voter-id-laws-discriminate-study/517218/ ''The Atlantic'', "How Voter ID Laws Discriminate", 2017/02/18]
 
** [https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/how-voter-id-laws-discriminate-study/517218/ ''The Atlantic'', "How Voter ID Laws Discriminate", 2017/02/18]
 
** [http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/10/11/north-carolinians-highlight-struggles-getting-photo-ids-ahead-of-amendment-vote/ ''NC Policy Watch'', "North Carolinians highlight struggles getting photo IDs ahead of amendment vote", 2018/10/11]
 
** [http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/10/11/north-carolinians-highlight-struggles-getting-photo-ids-ahead-of-amendment-vote/ ''NC Policy Watch'', "North Carolinians highlight struggles getting photo IDs ahead of amendment vote", 2018/10/11]

Revision as of 07:52, 9 June 2019

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an association of state legislators and corporations.

History

Notable members

State legislators

Corporations

Trade groups

Law firms

Non-profits

Conferences

Lobbying efforts

Political connections

Financiers

Lobbying allies

Officials and politicians

References

External links

  • Sourcewatch pages on ALEC
  • Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange, "Lowndes County and Valdosta history: origins of the old boys", 2012/04/??: "Only a generation ago, the general understanding was that a couple of local families said frog and all the local elected bodies hopped. Nowadays I’m told by some in the know that it’s a bit more broad-based than that. Unfortunately, some of the slightly more broad-based old boys have hooked up with a source of top-down autocracy in DC: ALEC. That’s where the pushes for private prisons, charter schools, school consolidation, and some other shadowy things we’ve been shining a light on have been coming from, sprayed like pesticides around here and as far as the statehouse by certain of our state- and nationally-prominent newer old boys."

Founding members

Economic ideology

Climate change

Prison abuses

Net neutrality

Voter suppression

Police abuses

Other curiosities

  • Democratic Party relationship with the Koch brothers
    • Support for the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)
    • New Yorker, "The Koch Brothers' Covert Operations" by Jane Mayer, 2010/08/30
      • "By 1993, when Bill Clinton became President, Citizens for a Sound Economy had become a prototype for the kind of corporate-backed opposition campaigns that have proliferated during the Obama era. The group waged a successful assault on Clinton’s proposed B.T.U. tax on energy, for instance, running advertisements, staging media events, and targeting opponents. And it mobilized anti-tax rallies outside the Capitol—rallies that NPR described as “designed to strike fear into the hearts of wavering Democrats.” Dan Glickman, a former Democratic congressman from Wichita, who supported the B.T.U. tax, recalled, “I’d been in Congress eighteen years. The Kochs actually engaged against me and funded my opponent. They used a lot of resources and effort—their employees, too.” Glickman suffered a surprise defeat. “I can’t prove it, but I think I was probably their victim,” he said."
      • "The Kochs continued to disperse their money, creating slippery organizations with generic-sounding names, and this made it difficult to ascertain the extent of their influence in Washington. In 1990, Citizens for a Sound Economy created a spinoff group, Citizens for the Environment, which called acid rain and other environmental problems “myths.” When the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigated the matter, it discovered that the spinoff group had “no citizen membership of its own.”"
      • "During the 2000 election campaign, Koch Industries spent some nine hundred thousand dollars to support the candidacies of George W. Bush and other Republicans. During the Bush years, Koch Industries and other fossil-fuel companies enjoyed remarkable prosperity. The 2005 energy bill, which Hillary Clinton dubbed the Dick Cheney Lobbyist Energy Bill, offered enormous subsidies and tax breaks for energy companies. The Kochs have cast themselves as deficit hawks, but, according to a study by Media Matters, their companies have benefitted from nearly a hundred million dollars in government contracts since 2000."
    • Brian Mohr, "Rahm’s donors are Trump’s donors; Thiel, Koch agendas seeping into city deals", 2018/11/03: "Since 2011, the richest man in Illinois has donated almost $1.4 million to the campaigns of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Ken Griffin, the billionaire high-frequency trader and founder of Citadel Investment Group, has also given million$ to the Koch brothers, Trump’s Inaugural Committee, Paul Ryan, Karl Rove’ American Crossroads Super PAC, Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and pro-Jeb Bush super Pac, Right to Rise USA. The money has gained him access to to not only Emanuel’s office but also the White House. On the same day last June that former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate, Griffin and other investors including Rebekah Mercer, Doug DeVos and Todd Ricketts met at the White House with Trump, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Advisor Kellyanne Conway to discuss the administration’s legislative agenda."
  • Smear campaign against Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Ayn Rand background