Saturday, May 19, 2012

Center for Media Democracy Report: ALEC Exposed in Wisconsin: The Hijacking of a State

What I do not understand is why the Tea-publican Party membership wants corporate control of the state government.  Are they more comfortable with economic tyranny than with democracy?

Economic tyranny doesn't have nearly the same level of responsibility, so maybe that's the reason.

"ALEC Exposed in Wisconsin: The Hijacking of a State" | Center for Media and Democracy

Here are some of the key findings from the new report:
  • 32 bills or budget provisions reflecting ALEC model legislation were introduced in Wisconsin's 2011-2012 legislative session;
  • 21 of these bills or budget provisions have passed, and two were vetoed;
  • More than $276,000 in campaign contributions were made to ALEC legislators in Wisconsin from ALEC corporations since 2008;
  • More than $406,000 in campaign contributions were made to ALEC alumnus Governor Walker from ALEC corporations over the same time period for his state campaign account;
  • At least 49 current Wisconsin legislators are known ALEC members, including the leaders of both the House and Senate as well as other legislators holding key posts in the state. Additionally, the Governor, the Secretary of the Department of Administration, and the Chairman of the Public Service Commission are ALEC alumni; and
  • At least 17 current legislators have received thousands of dollars of gifts cumulatively from ALEC corporations in the past few years, in the form of flights and hotel rooms filtered through the ALEC "scholarship fund" (complete "scholarship" information is not available).

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