ALEC wants YOU! Technically, they want more legislators in New Mexico in their pocket and they aren’t shy about asking. Many New Mexico legislators recently received a recruiting email from ALEC (see below).
Why is ALEC targeting New Mexico? Because their corporate members know that if Governor Susana Martinez can wrestle control of the State House from Democrats in 2014, they can push ALL of their pro-corporation bills through in record time.
Remember “Stand Your Ground” (aka, “Shoot First”)? ALEC bill written by the NRA. Education privatization? They have 79 different bills ready to go. Clean water in the Rio Grande and clean air in the Organ Mountains? Not if ALEC’s 70+ anti-environmental bills become law.
What is ALEC? The American Legislative Exchange Council works like a dating service for big corporations and politicians who will pass these pro-corporate bills. Corporations pay tens-of-thousands of dollars to join, then ALEC uses that money to host lavish retreats where politicians are wined and dined as they discuss these bills that increase the corporate bottom line.
When the legislator gets home, he or she usually gets a campaign donation from the corporations or their lobbyists and the corporate-written bill appears on the member’s sponsored legislation list in the next session.
ALEC has taken some real heat of the past few years as more of their shady deals have been exposed.
More on ALEC at ALECexposed.org
And they have their sights on New Mexico. Our ALEC in the Roundhouse report tracked more than $1,000,000 ALEC-member corporations gave the governor, her PACs and legislators in previous elections. And we even went undercover to a meeting of the state’s ALEC chairman, Rep. Paul Bandy, where he told us how ALEC corporate donations just “appear in his mailbox” thanks to his membership.
We also name names. Who are the members of ALEC already in the legislature? Who received the most money from ALEC members? Who lobbies for ALEC members?
ALEC is here and growing. We’re on the ALEC watch and thought you should know.
We received a copy of this ALEC recruiting email from a state legislator. We removed their name but you can see the content.
From: Governor Mike Pence [email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 8:13 AM
Subject: XXXX, lawmakers around the country are waiting for you
As a governor, I cannot say enough how important ALEC
is in my state and across the nation. Indiana is fortunate
to have many of our legislators as members of ALEC.
In state legislatures around the country, constituents and
groups foster ideas, participate in discussions and
provide their points of view to lawmakers. This process
is an important part of American Democracy.
The American Legislative Exchange Council is America’s
largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization
of state policymakers, bringing together nearly one-quarter of the country’s state legislators and hundreds of leading industry experts and policy analysts to share ideas and experiences with their counterparts around the country, evaluate how policies work in other states and learn from others’ challenges.
Legislators receive academic research and policy analysis from industry experts who actually work with the issues, processes and problem-solving strategies upon which they vote, returning more informed and better prepared to serve the needs of their communities.
Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Independent, I encourage you to join ALEC today to start receiving top-notch, nonpartisan issue analysis and research. Even if your philosophy differs, ALEC analysis will help you strengthen your positions. Click here to register.
Michael R. Pence
Governor of Indiana
This email was sent by: American Legislative Exchange Council
2900 Crystal Drive, Suite 600, Arlington, VA, 22202, United States
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