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Group behind voter ID, stand your ground, ag-gag, private prison, anti-muni-wifi, and killing Obamacare now planning rules for jailing pipeline protesters / Boing Boing
Oklahoma's HB 1123 calls for citizens to receive a felony sentencing, $100,000 fine, and/or 10 years in prison if their actions “willfully damage, destroy, vandalize, deface, or tamper with equipment in a critical infrastructure facility.”

The ALEC model bill, by comparison, calls for those who “willfully trespass or enter property containing a critical infrastructure facility without permission by the owner of the property or lawful occupant thereof shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than {dollar figure}, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of {length of time}, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”
ALEC  NoDAPL  protest  felony 
december 2017 by Quercki
Protecting Donor Privacy Philanthropic Freedom,Anonymity and the First Amendment
www.PhilanthropyRoundtable.org www.ACReform.org
for supporters of unpopular causes or organizations is the reality that exposure will lead to harassment or threat of retribution.
Among the more prominent examples is the harassment of brothers Charles and David Koch, who have helped fund a broad range of nonpro t organizations ranging from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to the libertarian-oriented Cato Institute, as well as organizations that engage in political activity. As a result of their giving, the Koch brothers and their companies routinely face death threats, cyber-attacks from the hacker group “Anonymous,” and boycotts aimed at the many consumer products their companies make. Because of this attention, the brothers have to hire armed security to keep them, as well as their families, employees, and business operations, safe.
Koch  privacy  ALEC 
june 2017 by Quercki
SPN Political Activity - SourceWatch
SPN and its affiliates push an extreme right-wing agenda that aims to privatize education, block healthcare reform, restrict workers' rights, roll back environmental protections, and create a tax system that benefits most those at the very top level of income.

SPN President Tracie Sharp was the recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC's) 2009 "Private Sector Member of the Year Award." ALEC gave her the award because, according to an ALEC "scholar" and founder of SPN member think tank the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (now called simply the Freedom Foundation), "Not only have SPN members assisted legislators in drafting model legislation, they've been key in killing some proposals by 'rent-seeking' special interests."
Koch  ALEC  lobby 
june 2017 by Quercki
State Policy Network - SourceWatch
The State Policy Network (SPN) has franchised, funded, and fostered a growing number of “mini Heritage Foundations” at the state level since the early 1990s.[1] SPN is a web of right-wing “think tanks” in 49 states, Puerto Rico and the U.K. It is an $83 million right-wing empire as of the 2011 funding documents from SPN itself and each of its state "think tank" members. Although SPN's member organizations claim to be nonpartisan and independent, the Center for Media and Democracy's in-depth investigation, "EXPOSED: The State Policy Network -- The Powerful Right-Wing Network Helping to Hijack State Politics and Government," reveals that SPN and its member think tanks are major drivers of the right-wing, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)-backed corporate agenda in state houses nationwide, with deep ties to the Koch brothers and the national right-wing network of funders.[2]

SPN describes itself as a network and service organization for the "state-based free market think tank movement," and its stated mission is "to provide strategic assistance to independent research organizations devoted to discovering and developing market-oriented solutions to state and local public policy issues."[3] It was founded in November 1991[4] and incorporated in March of 1992.[5]
Koch  Heritage_Foundation  ALEC 
june 2017 by Quercki
Four Ways ALEC Tried to Ruin Your State This Year | PR Watch
In a year with unprecedented rightwing dominance in state legislative chambers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has continued to wreak havoc in states across the country--despite an ongoing exodus of high-profile corporate members, including BP, Google, and several high-tech firms.

ALEC's legislative playbook for 2015 focused on blocking action on climate change, thwarting local democracy, attacking labor unions, and further privatizing public education in the U.S., as CMD reported last year in covering its legislative agenda for the year.

Here are some of the worst policies ALEC legislators tried to push into binding law in state legislatures this year, so far.

Blocking Action on Climate Change
ALEC  legislation  politics  data  environment  education  civil_rights  healthcare  law 
july 2015 by Quercki
Daily Kos: N.C. Moral Monday #6: 89 arrested; Charlotte Observer reporter detained
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (Dem., N.C. District 1) and former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge were among the speakers at the protest and rally on the rain-soaked and muddied Halifax Mall that lies between the General Assembly and the Legislative Office Building in downtown Raleigh. Other speakers included representatives from the NAACP-North Carolina, clergy members from around the state, and members of other coalition partners sponsoring the weekly Moral Monday gatherings.

Butterfield called the avanlanche of nearly 2,000 GOP- and Tea Party-sponsored bills put forward in this legislative session "absolutely disgusting" and "devastating to low-income people." The list of bills, many of which were put forward verbatim from the playbook of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is exhaustive and clearly indicative of a concerted effort to gut public education, suppress voter rights, encourage gun ownership, deter public transparency of governance and corporate workings, and overhaul the state's tax system to encourage regressive sales taxes. You can read an abbreviated listing of the key bills here.

But Butterfield also noted that his colleagues in Washington and the U.S public are taking notice of what's being done under the cover of ALEC-funded "reform" in the Tar Heel State.

"It is a widespread movement that is gaining momentum," Butterfield said to the crowd of hundreds huddled under umbrellas taking refuge from a stormy downpour. "The nation is watching."
ALEC  Moral_Mondays  politics 
july 2013 by Quercki
Not a Smart ALEC: Stupid and Evil | Mike the Mad Biologist
I’ve discussed before how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate-backed lobbying group that has essentially written many laws at the state level, including Wisconsin, Florida, and Michigan, has a massive influence on U.S. politics. Well, it’s pretty clear ALEC needs smarter stooges:

Funded almost entirely by large corporations, ALEC produces “model legislation” favorable to industry that state lawmakers can introduce as their own bills. Usually, the legislators tweak the language of the bills to make them state-specific or to obfuscate their origins. Usually, but apparently not always.

In November, Florida state Rep. Rachel Burgin (R) introduced a resolution (PDF here) that would officially call on the federal government to reduce corporate taxes, but she apparently forgot to remove ALEC’s mission statement from the top of the bill, which she seems to have copied word-for-word from ALEC’s model bill:
ALEC  politics  corruption 
february 2012 by Quercki

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