Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Who's in league with ALEC?

Sept 6 update: Igor Birman reports that McClintock was an ALEC member after all, circa 2000-2003.

Mon, Tue updates: a Friday email from Kim Pruett (who says this info came from Igor Birman) reports that Tom McClintock is not and has not been a member of ALEC; although this appears to conflict with ALEC's online records; and LaMalfa aide Mark Spannagel says LaMalfa's answers were no, he's had no ALEC involvement. Still awaiting word from the Logue camp.
Stay tuned.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is a decades-old nonprofit that works behind the scenes to bring corporations together with state legislators; the corporations largely fund the show, and in task forces they & some legislators craft "model legislation" to serve the corporation's interests - legislation which the legislators then introduce and advocate for, in their state.
...and this happens despite ALEC's assurance in its articles of incorporation (pdf) that "No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be ... attempting to influence legislation."
(An aside: last month ~800 of ALEC's "model bills" were unveiled, and you too can join an in-progress exploration into which state laws were fathered by ALEC.)

Like most anti-regulation outfits, ALEC is also anti-science; which makes it worth attending to.

Do Nevada County's representatives have ALEC involvement, and have they introduced ALEC legislation? I've asked staffers of Doug LaMalfa, Dan Logue and Tom McClintock these & related questions.

A LaMalfa staffer(*) thought not, but hasn't yet checked with (Calif.) Senator LaMalfa himself; and there've been no answers yet from the Logue and McClintock camps.

(As an ex-state lawmaker, Congressman McClintock would now be an ALEC alumnus (link?), as John Doolittle was. )

So - stay tuned.

1 comment:

Don Pelton said...

It's because of ALEC that you find -- at least with respect to anti-union, anti-collective bargaining legislation -- not just similar statutes across a range of GOP-dominated states, but identical statutory (canned) language. How nice.

No doubt this is true for all sorts of other regulatory issues dear to the barely-throbbing hearts of conservatives.