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ALEC’s War On Democracy

January 9, 2015

Our democracy is in serious trouble -- corporations and wealthy individuals are pumping unprecedented amounts of money into our system through secretive outside groups to buy more political power for themselves. And ALEC, the shadowy corporate lobby group, is doing everything they can to keep it that way.

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More Corporations Distance Themselves from ALEC

November 20, 2014

Over the last few months major companies including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Yelp, Yahoo, International Paper, Occidental Petroleum, News Corp, Overstock.com, SAP America, and AOL have all announced they have left or were leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the secretive group that brings state politicians and corporate lobbyists behind closed doors to rewrite our laws.

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Timeline of the 2014 ALEC Exodus

November 6, 2014

Over the last few months, numerous companies have left ALEC over ALEC’s denial climate change and its secretive operations. Here is a time of the recent ALEC exodus:

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John Oliver Skewers ALEC

November 3, 2014

Last night, comedian John Oliver had some choice words for some state legislatures and the extreme bills coming out of them. The whole segment is worth a watch, especially Oliver's send-up of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the shadowy corporate lobby rewriting bills across our nation.

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