Remember when we laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said there is a "vast right-wing conspiracy?" We're not laughing any more, Here's ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). ALEC is a national organization sponsored and funded by big corporations such as Koch Industries, BP, Exxon-Mobil and Shell Oil just to name a few. They recruit state-elected representatives around the U.S. as members. For a $50 a year membership they can attend an ALEC training/meeting conference, held at a nice vacation spot. Then the members/legislatures dutifully return back to their state to do the bidding of ALEC. A few of the most recent laws ALEC is behind are the voter ID laws, union busting laws, "stand your ground," laws and laws to teach children there is no man-made cause to climate change.
Their new project is to force the federal government to cede public lands to the states or face lawsuits. Good ole' Governor Herbert just signed the ALEC public lands law demanding that Congress give the state 30 million acres of land by 2015 or be sued. His own Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel told him it would not stand up to Constitutional challenge. ALEC has similar bills planned for other western states. If you need a right wing, corporate- friendly law, just ask ALEC; it will write one for you. Didn't know you needed one? Doesn't matter, ALEC will tell you why you need it.
Some of our elected representatives are sponsoring bills written by ALEC and passing them off as their own brilliant ideas. If you want to know if your representative is a member of ALEC, go to alecexposed.org and check out the side line. There is a list of Utah members. Maybe some are okay with these laws, we are not. The fact is, some of our elected officials have allowed ALEC into our state House to write our laws behind closed doors and run our lives. When politicians, no matter their party, put corporate profits above the real needs of the people who elected them, something has gone very awry.
Paul and Sandy Krueger