ALEC Is Not Your Friend – Beware!

If you were wondering where a lot of the terrible laws and attacks on our rights are coming from, meet ALEC. From the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance…

“ALEC” is the American Legislative Exchange Council, and it may be the most powerful organization you (probably) never heard of. There’s a good chance ALEC already has impacted your life. And if it hasn’t yet, give it time.

ALEC describes itself as an organization that “provides a constructive forum for state legislators and private sector leaders to discuss and exchange practical, state-level public policy issues.” Others have called it a means for powerful corporations and interest groups to influence legislation to enrich themselves at the public’s expense.


Let’s look at specific examples. Insurance companies wanted off the hook from mesothelioma claims, so ALEC came forward with a model bill to protect corporations from asbestos exposure liability. The bill quickly was introduced in Ohio, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, West Virginia, and at the federal level. The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act would require asbestos victims and their families to publicly disclose all manner of personal information before receiving compensation. This information could be used to deny credit or employment and make the victims vulnerable to identity theft. The point, obviously, is to intimidate people from filing claims. No such disclosure is required of companies that exposed employees and customers to asbestos.

In fact, liability protection is a major focus of ALEC bills. As of August 2013, this year at least 71 bills crafted by ALEC have been introduced around the country that make it harder to hold corporations accountable for death or injury. Many have misleading names, such as the “Full and Fair Noneconomic Damages Act,” introduced in two states, that limits the amount a corporation has to pay to compensate people it has injured.

Go read the whole article and beware!

2 thoughts on “ALEC Is Not Your Friend – Beware!

  1. Our suburban Bay Area Citizen newspaper (thrown free on every lawn in southern Harris County and northern Galveston County) has posted its usual conservative opinion by Sen. Ted Cruz.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today (8/09) U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement regarding Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) letter to donors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC):

    “Senator Durbin’s request for ALEC supporters to announce an official position on gun laws in advance of a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing is inappropriate, and I encourage recipients not to respond. While Senator Durbin is free to make any inquiry he likes, in my view this effort represents an inappropriate governmental intrusion into the personal and political views of American citizens and businesses. In light of the current IRS targeting scandal, this action raises concerns about retaliation against those who may disagree with the Chairman and the Obama Administration.”

    Sadly, only see the Houston Chronicle a fairly neutral newspapers, thrown on 2 of 11 lawns in our cul-de-sac while everyone gets a copy of this right-wing rag. Democrats must do a better job of getting out their message.

  2. ALEC is as smart as it is despicable. It’s an alliance of the rich and powerful that operates below the radar because its main target is what’s below the radar, state government. The basic theory is to quietly take over the nation one state at a time and one law at a time.

    It draws far less attention than doing it in DC. It’s cheaper & easier to bribe & trick minor league politicos. It also serves as a club for the minor leaguers to social network their way into the big leagues. Excellent recruitment tool.

    Evil genius.

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