Moyers: ALEC’s right-wing agenda ‘still going very strong’ in statehouses

By Kay Steiger
Friday, June 21, 2013 14:23 EDT
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On Friday, journalist Bill Moyers looks deeper into the legislative lobbying organization the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has been found to be pushing a radical, right-wing agenda in statehouses around the country.

“This report is about how some of those laws get enacted thanks to an organization called ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a consortium of corporations and state legislators with so much muscle they’re changing the country one law at a time, one state at a time,” Moyers began.

Moyers went on to point out, “In the case of those Canadian tar sands, ALEC reportedly turned to an oil-industry lobby for a bill that makes it hard for the states to slow the flow of Canadian crude into this country, no matter the environmental consequences.”

“This is how ALEC has worked for years, pushing changes state by state that could never have been achieved if they had been put to the test of open and broad popular support. ALEC has been so successful working its will behind closed doors in secret, that most Americans had never even heard of it until recently,” he said.

Since ALEC began attracting the attention of the left and journalists last year, Moyers said many “might be surprised to learn that, despite more than 40 companies having dropped out of ALEC, the organization is still going very strong.”

Watch the program, broadcast by Moyers & Company on June 21.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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