Editors note: If you want to know why we are getting some of the ridiculous bills pushed through the Indiana General Assembly that we are, read this article by Karen Francisco of the Journal Gazette.
Boycott threats pressured dozens of corporations to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council after Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Florida and “stand-your-ground” gun laws were exposed as the shadowy organization’s handiwork.
But the multinational corporations supporting and framing ALEC’s work are just the overseers of a sophisticated network responsible for a raft of corporate-friendly bills across the nation. State politicians are the workhorses. They are sent forth from corporate-funded meetings at resort settings to sponsor and pass cookie-cutter laws, and then are rewarded with campaign contributions from the same business partners.
Indiana has an impressive army of ALEC soldiers, concealed by an undeserved exemption in the state’s lobbying law and successful in pushing through voter ID, anti-regulation, education, health care and more laws championed by the organization. Then there are ALEC’s Hoosier supply troops: Gov. Mitch Daniels, state Superintendent Tony Bennett, Rep. Todd Rokita and more. They champion the goals supported by ALEC to help spread its influence.
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