The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is crafting policy for 2014 at its “States and Nation Policy” Summit this week.
Held in Washington, elected lawmakers, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), former vice-presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Governor Mike Pence, (R-IN) and Senator Ron Johnson, (R-WI) are expected to address attendees.
Labor unions are expected to protest Thursday (12/5) outside of ALEC’s meeting to expose the organization’s destructive agenda and corporate influence.
Public employees can expect more attacks on their rights next year. A bill to undermine labor unions called the “Public Employee Choice Act” – a Right to Work law for public workers – is on tap. The bill undermines collective bargaining by allowing workers to freeload off the benefits made by union negotiation without paying the costs of union representation. The Center for Media and Democracy says model legislation is based on an 2014 Oregon ballot initiative, Initiative 9.
The Guardian published an interesting story about ALEC appealing to former corporate sponsors, such as Wal-Mart, Coca Cola and McDonald’s to renew membership.
Major corporations dropped ALEC after the organization was scrutinized for crafting the controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws. Now, the “Prodigal Son Project” is designed to help plug a revenue gap that followed after ALEC lost corporate support.
Another interesting revelation from the Guardian article is that ALEC has begun separate project called the “Jeffersonian Project” amid concerns over possible government inquiries into whether its activities constitute lobbying – which could hurt its tax-exempt status. Also read this op-ed by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank about his experience being denied access to attend sessions at ALEC’s policy summit this week.