Shining a bright light on ALEC
ALEC has been operating for over a decade without much awareness about what it is doing to our democracy except with the avid consumers of politics. Hopefully that is about to change as ALEC's part in Florida's vigilante law is highlighted in Paul Krugman's column today.
Think about that: we seem to be turning into a country where crony capitalism doesn’t just waste taxpayer money but warps criminal justice, in which growing incarceration reflects not the need to protect law-abiding citizens but the profits corporations can reap from a larger prison population.
Now, ALEC isn’t single-handedly responsible for the corporatization of our political life; its influence is as much a symptom as a cause. But shining a light on ALEC and its supporters - a roster that includes many companies, from AT&T and Coca-Cola to UPS, that have so far managed to avoid being publicly associated with the hard-right agenda - is one good way to highlight what’s going on. And that kind of knowledge is what we need to start taking our country back.
It's time to make it clear to corporations that their funding of anti-democratic and anti-American organizations comes with a price - one that affects the bottom-line. Thank you, Paul Krugman!