Smart ALEC Knows How To Play The Game
|Mary-Alice Shemo, Chair of People for Positive Action, responds to a question during a news conference about the controversial group ALEC (American Legislative Executive Council).|
PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY – March 21, 2013
Loopholes. Big business and politicians love them.
Take the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for example. By registering as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization the quasi-lobbying group legally avoids the restrictions placed on lobbying groups not registered the same way. ALEC pushes for legislative changes that benefit corporations, not citizens.
The tax-exempt organization was the topic of a news conference Tuesday afternoon featuring a panel of four concerned citizens including members of People for Positive Action. The panel promoted the upcoming presentation of a documentary dealing with ALEC, providing background information for the local press.
Not many people are aware of ALEC and the controversy surrounding it. Me, I heard about it some time ago but not through the mainstream media. I found out about it through a political cartoon.
ALEC has been criticized for working in the background, keeping the public unaware until a whistleblower came forward. Apparently it takes political cartoons, not mainstream media, to rip away the secrecy. Some press representatives at the news conference said they were unaware of ALEC.
Renting space at ROTA Gallery to make their presentation the panel provided a lot more information on the-lobbying-group-that-isn't-a-lobbying-group.
|(Left to right) Tom Wood, Matt Hall, Mary-Alice Shemo and Bill Cowan explain to the press how the organization ALEC disenfranchises voters.|
Mary-Alice Shemo said that no matter what your political beliefs may be, everyone should see the documentary, "United States of ALEC." A press member inquired if the documentary came across as a conspiracy theory movie, really slanted against its subject. Shemo said the documentary provides information and let's viewers decided for themselves.
[ REVISED 3/22/13 at 8 PM, paragraph #9, to clarify reply by Mary-Alice Shemo to question about documentary being slanted. ]