DBA Press/In These Times releases report on the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) attack on public employee unions and public government.
July 11, 2011
DBA Press investigative report: "Publicopoly: ALEC and the bid to make private all that is public."
An exhaustive DBA Press analysis of thousands of pages of documents obtained through public records requests over the past several months has revealed the source of many suddenly-wildly-popular bills aimed at weakening public employee unions to be ‘model legislation’ disseminated primarily through one entity, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Ironically, as these bills have been batted around legislatures as the fulfillment of GOP promises to cut excessive government spending, ‘pork barrel’ handouts and backroom dealings, ALEC is comprised of corporations (often with vested interests in privatization), special interest (largely Koch-funded) ‘think tanks,’ and member lawmakers (overwhelmingly Republican). As such, ALEC may be the ultimate portal for special interests to the “back rooms” of state government.”
The "Publicopoly" report (jointly published with In These Times) tracks several sets of ALEC 'model legislation' through real legislatures and clearly lays out the framework for the ALEC plan to defund public employee unions and commence the wholesale privatization of governmental functions.
Amazingly, the chief implement used by ALEC to implement these goals has been our own public lawmakers...
The report also delves, in great detail, into the underlying rootwork of corporate/special interest ties to GOP players who have worked so hard behind the scenes to promulgate this agenda.
Source materials to be archived (archive is set for completion by July 15) for this story include: communications and other records obtained from ALEC member lawmakers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida and Arizona; a comprehensive collection of ALEC model legislation (as pertains to public employee unions and privatization); and much, much more.....
View DBA Press "Publicopoly" report here: https://dbapress.com/archives/2040
View In These Times "Publicopoly" report here: http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/11603/publicopoly_exposed