“Billionaires” thank Minnesota state legislators for pushing the ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) agenda – putting the needs of the wealthy and the corporations before those of the common folk.
State Senator Dan Hall asks them to leave when he is questioned about ALEC. WAMM (Women Against Military Madness) are the activists talking with the legislators. The rally in the rotunda was organized by Take Action Minnesota.
Who are your state ALEC members? Maybe you have Billionaires that can thank them.
What is ALEC ?
ALEC is not a lobby. It is not a front group. ALEC is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills.
More than 98 percent of ALEC’s revenues come from sources other than legislative dues, such as corporations, corporate trade groups, and corporate foundations. Each corporate member pays an annual fee of between $7,000 and $25,000 a year, and if a corporation participates in any of the nine task forces, additional fees apply, from $2,500 to $10,000 each year. ALEC also receives direct grants from corporations, such as $1.4 million from ExxonMobil from 1998-2009.
Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called “model bills” reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. Through ALEC, corporations have “a VOICE and a VOTE” on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU?
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