Democrat on leaving ALEC: They went ‘more and more to the right’

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 23:39 EDT
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South Carolina state Rep. Ted Vick appeared on MSNBC’s The Ed Show on Tuesday night to explain why he resigned from the American Legislative Exchange Council.

“ALEC was a group that offered a place for Democrats and Republicans to come together and the private sector to come together to actually talk about the real issues facing our country, to talk about policy issues that can actually move our country forward, and make the economy better, and make businesses work better and make government more efficient,” he said. “Unfortunately, ALEC over the last few years has gone more and more to the right.”

ALEC drafts corporate-friendly “model” legislation for state lawmakers and describes itself as “policy making program that unites members of the public and private sectors in a dynamic partnership” based on “Jeffersonian principles.”

Vick, a conservative Democrat who is running for the U.S. Congress, said that if the organization continues on its current course, “it doesn’t have a place in politics.”

Liberal and progressive groups have waged a successful campaign against ALEC, driving away a number of the organization’s corporate members.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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