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Old September 28th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Bill Moyer explains how the major corporations via ALEX are able to make your local politician their lobbyist, unbeknownst to the voters. Oh yes, at taxpayer's expense, as ALEX claims it is an educational nonprofit. Video is about 42 minutes, but has transcript.

The United States of ALEC: Bill Moyers on the Secretive Corporate-Legislative Body Writing Our Laws

"BILL MOYERS: It sounds like lobbying. It looks like lobbying. It smells like lobbying. But ALEC says itís not lobbying. In fact, ALEC operates not as a lobby group but as a nonprofit, a charity. In its filing with the IRS, ALEC says its mission is education, which means it pays no taxes and its corporate members get a tax write-off. Its legislators get a lot, too."
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"BILL MOYERS: Taking away workersí collective bargaining rights, that had long been an ALEC goal. A candid video caught Scott Walker talking about it with one of his financial backers, the billionaire businesswoman Diane Hendricks.

GOV. SCOTT WALKER: Well, weíre going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill. The first step is, weíre going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions.

DIANE HENDRICKS: Right.

GOV. SCOTT WALKER: Because you just divide and conquer."
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"BILL MOYERS: But again, remember, this isnít just about one state. Itís about every state. Take Arizona. Itís practically an ALEC subsidiary. One report this year found that 49 of the stateís 90 legislators are members. And two-thirds of the Republican leadership are on ALEC task forces. And, of course, the governor, Jan Brewer, was an ALEC member, too. So, not surprising, Arizona is among the states passing ALEC-inspired laws to privatize education at taxpayer expense. And no surprise again, Arizona is also getting ALEC-like laws to limit corporate liability."
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