We are just a week away from the beginning of another legislative session. Thus we are also just a week away from ALEC once more working its magic in the Iowa legislature and legislatures all around the country to get compliant, barely engaged representatives to push ALEC backed corporate legislation. Once again ALEC will hide behind a veneer of being a “non-partisan” body to push its corporate want list.
Here is the way one citizen put it in a letter to the editor of the Topeka Capital Journal:
“ALEC’s malign influence on the legislative process is by now reasonably well known. Its “model legislation” is routinely enacted without change by lawmakers too lazy or too corrupt to do their jobs responsibly.
And there’s nothing at all to laugh about when it comes to climate change. The accelerating greenhouse effect is on track to catastrophically disrupt agriculture, infrastructure and the other support systems of our civilization. Yet ALEC and other ultra-conservative forces have used their financial resources to seriously hobble national or regional efforts to prepare for disastrous outcomes.”
WARREN SENDERS, Medford, Mass.
ALEC is in truth a lobbying group and should be treated as such by the Iowa legislature. It is time to end this hypocrisy. The people of Iowa deserve fair representation. We do not deserve to be ruled by the corporations through proxies pretending to be legislators.
Thus I call on all fair minded Iowa legislators to put ALEC in its place as a lobbying group rather than inside the tent as a fake non-partisan actor. Let Iowa once more lead the country in making the legislative process open, clean and fair.