Sep 8, 2019

USA: Have you heard about ALEC?

Please read this alert from Common Cause if you haven't already and donate, share and/or help in other ways if you are able. Thank you!

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From: ALEC Alert <>
Date: Sun, Sep 8, 2019, 5:36 AM
Subject: Have you heard about ALEC?

Learn more about this serious threat to our democracy -- and how you can fight back.
Liz, our team has agreed: some of the most important upcoming fights for our democracy will happen in the states -- not in Washington, D.C.
And one major threat is a group you might not have heard of: ALEC.
ALEC is the acronym for the benign-sounding American Legislative Exchange Council. Except... it's anything but benign. This is a group of lobbyists funded by big corporations, working to ram far-right legislation through state legislatures.
ALEC is responsible for some of the most extreme, ultra-conservative laws passed in the last decade: "Stand Your Ground" gun legislation, racially discriminatory and overly strict voter photo ID laws, rollbacks of environmental protections, and blocking the Affordable Care Act at the state level, among others.
As I write, ALEC is getting ready for the 2020 legislative sessions in the states -- and eyeing even more extreme legislation in states across the country. Stifling the right to peaceful protest. Advancing a dangerous Article V Constitutional Convention. Making it easier than ever to pollute our environment.
We must mobilize to stop them -- and defend our civil rights, voting rights, and every other right you and I hold dear.
ALEC's member corporations pay top dollar for direct access to state lawmakers -- who allow lobbyists to write corporate dream legislation into ALEC "model bills." Then, ALEC-backed legislators rush those bills through their state houses, churning out laws that enrich corporations and hurt the rest of us.
But we have a plan to stop ALEC… and it's working. You see, major companies don't want to be publicly associated with ALEC's overwhelmingly unpopular and extreme agenda. And up until very recently, ALEC has been able to operate from the shadows -- quietly pulling the strings to advance their right-wing policies.
But in the past few years, peoples' groups like Common Cause have exposed ALEC for what it is -- and put MAJOR pressure on companies to cut ties with them.
Just this year, three of ALEC's biggest funders -- AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon -- responded to our demands by canceling their ALEC membership. They joined Google, Coca-Cola, and other major companies in a sweeping exodus from ALEC's toxic brand.
Now, as we're planning our strategy to STOP ALEC, I'm asking every Common Cause Member to chip in -- and make an ongoing investment in our plan that could shut them out for good.
How? By becoming a Guardian for Democracy -- and joining a special group of Common Cause Members who have agreed to make a monthly contribution of $5, $15, or even $25 in support of our work.
We're ready to pressure each corporate ALEC member, one-by-one, until they cut ties with this extreme right-wing lobby group -- and your monthly support will make it possible to fund this sustained effort. Thanks to Guardians for Democracy, we can plan and budget for longer-term fights like this one -- because we know that we have funds we can count on month after month.
AND... if you sign up to become a Guardian for Democracy BEFORE MIDNIGHT -- we'll send you a free copy of former Common Cause Board Chair Robert Reich's newest book, The Common Good!
I've seen it firsthand... our strategy hits ALEC where it hurts. They don't have grassroots members and don't represent anyone besides major corporations -- so if we keep making clear to corporations and their customers what sort of extreme agenda they're backing (and the public disgust that goes along with it), ALEC loses its power.
AND… it's clear they're running scared. ALEC has threatened Common Cause and our coalition partners with legal action multiple times. But all we're doing is putting ALEC's extreme agenda out in the open and letting it speak for itself -- which is a truth they can't keep hiding from.
Despite all this, major companies like Anheuser-Busch, UPS, and Pfizer continue to support ALEC. We need your help to expose their involvement and hold them accountable.
That's why Common Cause has launched an Emergency Drive to raise the resources required to stop ALEC and other pressing threats to our democracy -- by adding 1,000 more members to our special Guardians for Democracy group by TODAY, September 8th.
We've almost reached our goal. Already, 910 folks have signed up -- and I'm hoping we can count on you to help reach 1,000.
And remember -- if you sign up BEFORE MIDNIGHT, we'll send you a free copy of "The Common Good!"
Thank you for your support,
Jay Riestenberg, Deputy Communications Director
and the team at Common Cause

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