Yesterday inside the Netherland Hotel, a discreet committee drafted America’s next season of conservative state legislation. Outside, bucket drums, megaphones, and a hundred angry voices roared in protest. And three blocks away, The Cincinnati Enquirer stayed home.
Courageous members of the American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC), peeked out of the hotel’s grand entrance during their recess, to survey the opposition. Until now, their organization of 2000+ state legislators and corporate executives has stayed under the public radar, while crafting 1000+ items of legislation each election cycle since 1973. *Numbers reported by ALEC.
Their goal: an economic climate friendlier to corporations. This year’s anti-collective-bargaining bills in Ohio and Michigan were two recent triumphs. Continue reading