A small number of people with a lot of money and power are creating legislation to help themselves and their friends and they are doing it through an organization called ALEC. Join us in the Commissioner’s Boardroom at CVCC as we learn more about ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, in this eye-opening documentary. Our own Thom Tillis was once on the board of directors for ALEC and NC Reps Dennis Riddell and Jason Saine are NC reps in the organization.
Moyers & Company presents “United States of ALEC,” a report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of — ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.
Using interviews, documents, and field reporting, the episode explores ALEC’s self-serving machine at work, acting in a way one Wisconsin politician describes as “a corporate dating service for lonely legislators and corporate special interests.”
In state houses around the country, hundreds of pieces of boilerplate ALEC legislation are proposed or enacted that would, among other things, dilute collective bargaining rights, make it harder for some Americans to vote, and limit corporate liability for harm caused to consumers — each accomplished without the public ever knowing who’s behind it.
“All of us here are very familiar with ALEC and the influence that ALEC has with many of the [legislative] members,” says Arizona State Senator Steve Farley. “Corporations have the right to present their arguments, but they don’t have the right to do it secretly.”
The documentary is approximately 41 minutes long. For those who would like to take part, there will be a short discussion after the film. I encourage you to attend and bring others with you. This will be very informative for our teen citizens as well.
Location is just off Hwy 16 across from Walmart. If you don’t know where the “bad” legislation for our citizens is coming from in NC, then you need to join us! Information is power! Also watch “ALEC Rock” on YouTube. Are North Carolinians too stupid to make our own laws?