Friday, April 13, 2012

Government by Multi-Nationals?

Whether you agree or disagree with the laws discussed below, the part I Disagree with is the overbearing influence of multi-national corporations on our Government. That makes the article below interesting to me. Also, it makes me wonder which political changes I favor are being Blocked or Supported by corporations.

Johnson & Johnson funds ALEC, a group that wrote the law Trayvon Martin's killer
is hiding behind, as well as hundreds of other pro-corporate, anti-citizen laws in
dozens of states.
turn on images -- ALEC SMASH
Tell J&J and other ALEC Sponsors: stop funding right-wing legislation and stop writing
our laws.
Sign the Petition

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) may be the most powerful organization
you’ve never heard of. Their mission is simple:
ALEC helps corporations write laws for state legislatures to pass verbatim.
ALEC is behind everything from “Stand Your Ground”/”shoot first” laws
-- which George Zimmerman is using as his defense for shooting unarmed teenager
Trayvon Martin --
to Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law
, written by for-profit prison companies to make even more money by putting more
people behind bars.
And who funds ALEC?
It’s not just who you’d expect -- Koch Industries, Exxon-Mobil, and the NRA.
It’s also Johnson & Johnson and dozens of other “family-friendly” brands.
Tell Johnson & Johnson and the rest of ALEC’s funders to stop supporting attacks on their own consumers.
ALEC can no longer hide out in anonymity. In the last few months, The Washington
Post, The New York Times, and NPR have all chronicled ALEC’s outsized influence.
Boasting membership of 2,000 state legislators and 300 corporate sponsors,
ALEC has come to dominate legislative agendas across the nation, presenting state
legislators with bills pre-written by the corporations themselves, many of which
are voted into law word-for-word.
Has your state adopted a “Stand Your Ground” law as well? Thank ALEC. Pushed for
laws making it harder for minorities and the poor to vote? That’s ALEC too. Attacked
unions? Undermined the President’s health care legislation? Weakened environmental
regulation? Passed tax breaks for corporations? Privatized government services? These
laws were all written by the very corporations or special-interest groups that they
But we are fighting back!
One by one, progressive groups are peeling off corporate support for ALEC. Under
pressure from consumers like you,
Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, Intuit, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have all
fled from ALEC.
Now let’s take the fight to Johnson & Johnson -- which makes everything from Band-Aids
to baby shampoo -- AT&T, State Farm and the rest of ALEC’s donors.
Add your name to our petition to ALEC sponsors telling them quit now, before they’re the only one left.
Thank you for all that you do.
Claiborne, Kelsey, Kaytee and the rest of us
More information:
Corporate interests fuel group’s desire to shape Va. legislation, critics say
", Washington Post, 21 Dec 2011
EXPOSED: The Corporations Funding The Annual Meeting Of The Powerful Right-Wing Front Group ALEC
", ThinkProgress, 5 Aug 2011
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