Today, Occupy Louisville sent out a… press release?… About ALEC – the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Here’s a taste:
Occupy Louisville members and other local residents will participate, along with over 70 cities, in a National Day of Action organized by the Occupy Wall Street Movement to expose the corporate influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in state legislatures. Local residents will rally from 4:00-7:00 pm at 201 W. Main Street, outside the KFC YUM! Center. The goal is to stop the influence of ALEC and its 800 corporate members, such as KFC Yum! Brands, UPS, Humana, Koch Industries, and Monsanto, in the making of state laws.
YUM! Brands co-chairs ALEC’s Labor and Business Regulation Subcommittee. At ALEC’s annual meeting in 2011, this subcommittee focused completely on the subject of paid sick leave. At the meeting, those in attendance were given model bills to override paid sick leave legislation in the states. ALEC targets labor, education, immigrants, animal right, prisons, the environment, women and voting rights. ALEC has worked on behalf of the banking industry, recommending that seniors be forced to give up their homes by reverse mortgages in order to receive Medicaid.
According to sourcewatch.org, there are five state representatives from Jefferson County who are members of ALEC, including the chairman of the ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development task force, Rep. David Osborne [R-Dist. 59]. The others are:
- Sen. Denise Harper Angel [D-Dist. 35]
- Sen. Julie Denton [R-Dist. 36]
- Sen. Dan Seum [R-Dist. 38]
- Sen. Tim Shaughnessy [D-Dist. 19]
Occupy Louisville opposes ALEC because the corporate-funded Council and state politicians meet behind closed doors to craft “model bills” which the elected representatives take back to their states, working to pass them into law. These corporate-approved laws negatively affect almost every facet of American life while providing direct benefits to huge corporations.
So let’s get the obvious out of the way. State Senators are not State Representatives. Tim Shaughnessy is retiring and doesn’t matter.
While we obviously support their mission for transparency in government and the end of corrupt corporate influence in politics?
It’s tough to take anyone seriously when they issue press releases and media alerts that are both poorly written and horribly inaccurate.
And, really, “Shut Down the Corporations dot Org”? Because all corporations are bad?
Head – desk.