Democracy Is Long Dead In The U.S. – Meet ALEC
by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics
My colleague John Titus of the Best Evidence Youtube Channel sent me a link to a news story out of Georgia in which State legislators attended an all-expense paid junket, along with a cadre of well-funded corporate lobbyists at a Savannah, Georgia posh resort hotel. The junket was sponsored by an organization called ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council and was heavily guarded by local police.
The organization’s supposed mission is to provide “a constructive forum for state legislators and private sector leaders to discuss and exchange practical, state-level public policy issues.” However, this is nothing but a thinly veiled disguise for what is really a sleazy and corrupt organization that pays for State legislators to attend conferences with big corporate lobbyists. The real mission is to put proposed legislation in front of State lawmakers and pay them to sponsor and gather votes to get the legislation passed.
There really are back rooms where corporate lobbyists have direct access to lawmakers completely out of sight, with no transparency or public filings. They’re also wined and dined after hours at these events with nothing recorded on ethics reports. – link below
As John Titus said to me: “The corruption is right out in the open.” This FAQ section of ALEC’s website reveals all: We Buy Your Vote.