‘ALEC Rock’ cartoon explains corporate political influence

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, July 28, 2012 16:48 EDT
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A new video updates a classic Schoolhouse Rock concept to explain the basics behind the American Legislative Exchange Council controversy.

“ALEC Rock,” produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore and a number of advocacy groups including the Center for Media and Democracy, introduces us to “ALEC,” a malevolent replacement for the traditional Bill.

Alec enters the scene by literally running over Bill before boasting about his plans to influence the political process by using corporate money to sway politicians and put together corporate-friendly legislation.

“It’s a hell of a lot easier – and a lot more fun – than how you used to do it, with all those regular old citizens and meddling media watching your every move,” ALEC says.

The so-called “bill mill” has been the target of increasing attention from liberal and progressive groups this year, leading to 30 corporations distancing themselves from the group, and at least one lawmaker saying ALEC is “really feeling the heat.”

Watch the video, posted on BillMoyers.com July 27, below:

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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