RESEARCH: Things the Republican Party is doing to our Country and State..

William Cronon,  is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin. A few days ago he wrote an oped in the Times critical of Gov. Walker and his push to abolish collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin. About a week before that, he wrote a blog post -- the first in a new blog called Scholar as Citizen -- examining just who's behind this big anti-union push. He focused on a group called ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council).

Now, so far, nothing particularly controversial about any of this. But then it took a dark turn. Or perhaps better to say, then the story got into gear with everything else we've seen out of the Walker administration over the last three months.

***Who's Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elswhere?***

 (hint it didn't start here)

A Study Guide for Those Wishing to Know More:
After watching the sudden and impressively well-organized wave of legislation being introduced into state legislatures that all seem to be pursuing parallel goals only tangentially related to current fiscal challenges–ending collective bargaining rights for public employees, requiring photo IDs at the ballot box, rolling back environmental protections, privileging property rights over civil rights, and so on–I’ve found myself wondering where all of this legislation is coming from.

The Walker-Koch Prank Phone Call Reveals A Lot, But Not Nearly Enough
The prank phone call that Governor Scott Walker unhesitatingly accepted from a blogger purporting to be billionaire conservative donor David Koch has received lots of airplay, and it certainly demonstrates that the governor is accustomed to having conversations with deep-pocketed folks who support his cause. If you’ve not actually seen the transcript, it’s worth a careful reading, and is accessible here:

But even though I’m more than prepared to believe that David and Charles Koch have provided large amounts of money to help fund the conservative flood tide that is sweeping through state legislatures right now, I just don’t find it plausible that two brothers from Wichita, Kansas, no matter how wealthy, can be responsible for this explosion of radical conservative legislation. It also goes without saying that Scott Walker cannot be single-handedly responsible for what we’re seeing either; I wouldn’t believe that even for Wisconsin, let alone for so many other states. The governor clearly welcomes the national media attention he’s receiving as a spear-carrier for the movement. But he’s surely not the architect of that movement.


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Comment by Donna Rodgers on March 30, 2011 at 5:37pm

ALEC Lied On its 2009 Tax Return


ALEC -- the American Legislative Exchange Council -- lied on its 2009 tax return. (Its 2009 return just became readily available to the public a few weeks ago.) Check out the tax return and other evidence after the jump...

-snipping paragraphs about ALEC checking "No" when answering the question, "Did the organization engage in lobbying activities?"-

So... if ALEC did not lobby at all in 2009, can somebody -- ANYBODY? -- explain the front page of ALEC's written testimony "in support of house bill 1384" before a committee of the North Dakota legislature in January of 2009? Here's that written testimony... (Click here)

Isn't that -- by definition -- "lobbying"?!? Isn't advocating for passage of legislation before a committee of legislators considering that legislation, by definition, "lobbying"?!?

In case that isn't clear enough, ALEC's two lobbyists even registered with the North Dakota Secretary of State's Office as a l.... That kind of makes it hard to claim ALEC didn't lobby in 2009.


My comment:  ALEC, group or Conservatives without a conscience

Comment by Richard Conover on March 28, 2011 at 11:36am

The actions of the Republican Party were clearly described in John Dean's three books--Conservatives Without Conscience, Worse than Watergate and Broken Government.  Additionally, Thomas Frank's book The Wrecking Crew corraborates Dean.   If you are a Democrat, these are required reading!!


Even Paul Craig Roberts, Reagan's Assistant Secretary of Treasury has turned on Republicans--check out .


The architect of "Reaganomics," David Stockman is aghast at the Congress, and especially Republicans--

Comment by Donna Rodgers on March 28, 2011 at 9:07am

I Would Like You to Meet ALEC

ALEC was birthed at, Heritage Foundation and ALEC inturn birthed the Teaparty, as soldiers to advance ALEC's  cause.

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), was founded in 1973 by Henry Hyde, Hyde was married and the father of four sons. He was to point man on the Clinton Impeachment he also  carried on a five-year sexual relationship with  Cherie Snodgrass, that shattered his family and hers she had three children.

 Lou Barnett, a connservative activist and a co-founder of ALEC and (surprise, surprise)Paul Weyrich the father of the Far Right movement, I am sure you remember thse names.   Its goal for the past forty years has been to draft “model bills” that conservative legislators can introduce in the 50 states. Its website claims that in each legislative cycle, its members introduce 1000 pieces of legislation based on its work, and claims that roughly 18% of these bills are enacted into law. (Among them was the controversial 2010 anti-immigrant law in Arizona.)

If you’re as impressed by these numbers as I am, I’m hoping you’ll agree with me that it may be time to start paying more attention to ALEC and the bills its seeks to promote.

You can start by studying ALEC’s own website. Begin with its home page at

First visit the “About” menu to get a sense of the organization’s history and its current members and funders. But the meat of the site is the “model legislation” page, which is the gateway to the hundreds of bills that ALEC has drafted for the benefit of its conservative members, only.

Rep. Steve McDaniel, Tennessee and Rep. Curry Todd, Tennessee are two of it''s Board Members.   Rep. Todd is also State Chairman.
Then there is the :

Private Enterprise Board
Chairman  Mr. W. Preston Baldwin, Centerpoint360 (2011 Chairman)

 Private Enterprise Board Members (as of December 1, 2010)

Ms. Sano Blocker, Energy Future Holdings
Mr. Don Bohn, Johnson & Johnson
Mr. Jeff Bond, PhRMA
Mr. Bill Carmichael, American Bail Coalition
Mr. Derek Crawford, Kraft Foods, Inc.
Mr. John Del Giorno, GlaxoSmithKline
Mr. Matt Echols, Coca-Cola Company
Mr. Jim Epperson, Jr., AT&T Services, Inc.
Mr. Michael Hubert, Pfizer Inc
Ms. Teresa Jennings, Reed Elsevier, Inc.
Mr. Ken Lane, DIAGEO
Mr. Kelly Mader, Peabody Energy
Mr. Bernie McKay, Intuit, Inc.
Mr. Mike Morgan, Koch Industries, Inc.
Mr. Kevin Murphy, ExxonMobil Corp.
Mrs. Sandra Oliver, Bayer Corporation
Mr. David Powers, Reynolds American Inc.
Ms. Maggie Sans, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Mr. Russell Smoldon, Salt River Project
Mr. Toby Spangler, Altria Client Services, Inc.
Mr. Roland Spies, State Farm Insurance Co.
Mr. Pat Thomas, United Parcel Service
Mr. Jerry Watson, Chairman Emeritus

Quite and impresive list don't you think?

 For list ALEC Initiatives
To learn more about our Initiatives, click on their individual pages or contact a member of the ALEC Team.

Here is a recent press release:
 Tennessee Legislators gather in Nashville to learn and discuss Comprehensive Tort Reform Legislation


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