It's taken the tragedy of Travon Martin's "Stand Your Ground" killing to finally push the right-wing policy shop ALEC into the news - - this Sunday New York Times front=page story about the "stealth," non-profit/taxpayer-subsidized group will force more media into action - - so how long will it take Wisconsin's GOP/ALEC water-carriers to break up with their best friend?
Here's an example from now-State Sen. Leah Vukmir, (R-Wauwatosa) in 2009:
And the way Wisconsin conservative policy-makers have received money from ALEC is ripe for investigative reporting:
Vukmir honored as "Legislator of the Year" by peers at national gathering(Atlanta, Ga.) — Wisconsin State Rep. Leah Vukmir was honored as “Legislator of the Year” by her peers at the 36th Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Atlanta on Friday, July 17. This award goes to state legislators who are ALEC members in good standing and have distinguished themselves by advancing, introducing and/or enacting policies based on the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty...
Rep. Vukmir worked tirelessly to stop a government-run health care proposal in Wisconsin in 2007. She is a stellar legislator who introduces many ALEC HHS model bills each session.
“Thanks to ALEC, I have enjoyed the privilege of working with some of the finest legislators and policy experts in the country. To have been chosen for this distinction is an honor for which I will always be grateful and proud,” said Vukmir.
* One Wisconsin Now published the list of Wisconsin legislative members with taxpayer-paid memberships.
* ALEC's role in conservative networking with Wisconsin manifestations extends to the mining issue.
* Here's another about ALEC "model" school choice legislation, starring former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, barred from running for office after a misdemeanor conviction in the caucus scandal:
“[Task Force members] know school choice works, and so we are comfortable requiring even greater accountability for school choice programs,” said Scott Jensen, national consultant for state projects at the Alliance for School Choice in Washington, DC.* ALEC was said to have had a hand in the rotten redistricting process:
“We chose to proactively offer responsible and effective school choice accountability legislation because so many of our opponents use ‘accountability’ as their excuse for trying to strangle these programs with excessive and unworkable regulations,” added Jensen, who introduced the two bills within ALEC.
MADISON – Today, the Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch exposed the American Legislative Exchange Council’s secret connection to Wisconsin’s redistricting plan. According to the organization, an open records request uncovered a January 20, 2011 email from ALEC inviting Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader and last session’s ALEC State Chairman Scott Fitzgerald to an ALEC conference call about potential legal issues with redistricting.* Lisa Kaiser at The Shepherd has given Milwaukee readers an excellent introduction.
* And we all owe a debt to UW Professor Bill Cronon, whose expose of ALEC, among others put him right in the Right's legal and media cross hairs.