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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Watch This Simple Video That Explains How Koch-Funded ALEC Perverts Our Political Process In Favor Of Corporations

“Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: It gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding,” The Nation‘s Lisa Graves reported in 2011.

But until the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 cast some light on ALEC-backed “Stand Your Ground” laws, very few Americans had ever heard of this shadowy organization that brings together corporate lobbyists with corporate politicians to pass corporate laws that benefit corporations at the expense of the public.

You probably didn’t hear — for instance — that ALEC held its super-secretive annual meeting last weekend in Oklahoma City, while the NRA, an ALEC affiliate, attracted most of the media’s attention.

This video above illuminates how ALEC’s tentacles stretch into all 50 states, passing laws that make it easier for corporations to abuse animals, monetize public education and pollute the planet.

What is the left-wing version of ALEC, fighting on behalf of workers and preserving public resources? Generally, it has been organized labor. But union membership is lower than it has been since the 1930s, thanks in some part to ALEC.

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  • AlfredSonny

    Are the Koch brothers competing for the world’s richest beggars championship?

  • Lovefacts

    And some time in the future, when Earth is no longer habitable do to the pollution, the Koch brothers and their ilk will be the first ones off the planet.

    • stcroixcarp

      How about we send them off now?

  • David Turrentine

    A real shame is that thanks to organizations like ALEC, people have forgotten that schools are for students.

    • grama

      and so has the NEA.

  • jnsgraphic
  • …Smart Alec brings us Dollacracy not Democracy. money is a necessity and also an idol
    with no intrinsic value in itself, a chimera of hope’s hollowness. one sees in our wars
    and diplomacy how it fails to convince the hearts and minds of a people, instantly converts appetite to gluttony, corruption to waste. do we really want Smart Alec for our country?
    to trade in our freedom of vote for the nicked coin of arbitrary finance?

  • Once the Koch Brothers found out how cheap it was to buy the Supreme Court, ALEC was the next logical conclusion.

    With the exception of the wealthiest corporations and the wealthiest families, the American public is SCREWED.


  • If I only had the Koch’s to worry about but along with the Unions I have a lot to worry about. Money talks!

    • Allan Richardson

      You haven’t gotten the news (from 20 years ago): there is no evil “Unions” conspiracy; there are unions trying to help their workers have better lives (even the members brainwashed by the right wing into voting against themselves), but having less and less money to talk with, thanks to ALEC and other right wing erosion of their percentage of the labor force.

  • America can’t be bought. In 2014 and 2016, Americans should put ALEC and the Koch brothers out of business. They threw their money away with a gamble on Myth Romney and Paul Ryan, and they are constantly throwing their money away in attempts to defeat ACA, promote a failing NRA, and to make President Obama fail— so much money it could have made a significant dent in the deficit. The Koch brothers use Rove, LaPierre, the Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bags like toilet paper. But in 2014 and in 2016, America will show them where they can put their money.

  • Lorna Buratto

    When are these radical republicans going to stop polluting the country with their crazy brain farts? Do they really hear themselves talk and act like total morons. These are the crazies that we are warning about who shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns even in their own homes let alone in public places. Who are these freaks that call themselves “Americans”? I’m sick of them talking as if they represent America. How disgusting!

  • howa4x

    If we remember history we can draw a parallel to what is going on here. In Germany in the 30’s the Nazi movement was slugging it out with the leftists. This is when the industrialists like Krupp and Daimler(Mercedes Benz) decided to fund the Nazis. They knew that this party would not put any restrictions on their power, was anti Union and would break them up thereby helping them to exploit the workers Later they would use prisoners from concentration camps as slave labor, just like what the south did to Afro Americans after the civil war by arresting them on trumped up charges and selling them to corporations. They also knew full well their ultra right wing social agenda, and funded them anyway.

    So if we look at today through that lens what do we see? Industrialists like the Koch’s funding the fledgling Tea party to break up the unions, and push an anti regulatory agenda especially when it come to the environment. This will help them to become untouchable by any governmental agency. The Koch’s are also aware of the extreme social agenda of the tealiban, and see it as a necessary component to aide recruitment to their cause. In any state the tealiban is in control of they have passed right to work for less legislation hurting the workers for the industrialists in that state. Other tealiban states are rolling back environmental laws in favor of industry. They are appealing mainly to white men preferably Christians to carry on this crusade.
    Does anybody else see this parallel?