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Thursday, June 21, 2012

More on corporate control of our laws

From Truthout:

Exposed: The Other ALECs' Corporate Playbook

By Steve Horn and Sarah Blaskey, Truthout | News Analysis
Money in Washington(Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Thomas Hawk, Rob Shenk)
How is it that no matter whom we elect as our state representatives - Democrat, Republican, or other - we most often end up with policies that privilege the corporate agenda over the public interest?
It's a simple question, raised by laws promoting charter schools, fracking, union-busting, privatization, deregulation, and countless other corporate-friendly policies that have spread like wildfire around the country, particularly in recent legislative sessions.

As it turns out, the answer is relatively simple. Big business in the United States has perfected a legislative "playbook" - a methodical strategy for turning the wish list of multinational corporations into a state-level policy agenda with bipartisan support.

You remember ALEC, featured here on this blog as sponsor of laws like Arizona's anti-immgration law (which turns a profit for private prisons but does not reduce immigration) and Florida's Stand Your Ground law (which results in dead innocent people, usually black).

In this article, the six-stage strategy is illustrated, showing how corporations get laws passed in their interests. And you can do is vote, write a letter or email, or make a phone call.

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