United States of ALEC film screening and pau hana

 

United States of ALEC Film Screening and pau hana
Thursday, August 15, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Box Jelly - 307a Kamani Street Honolulu, HI 96813
Street parking available; parking available is also available at the Ward Shopping Center lot
Entry is free; however, your donations are appreciated. http://commoncause.org/hi/donate
RSVP at: http://alecpauhana.eventbrite.com/

 

Common Cause Hawaii presents the United States of ALEC – a film that exposes the American Legislative Exchange Council – America’s most influential corporate-funded political force.

 

ALEC’s membership includes 2,000 state legislators and corporate executives. They sit side-by-side and collaborate to draft "model" bills that reach into areas of American life ranging from voting rights to environmental protection. They work in concert to get those bills passed in statehouses across the country. Hundreds of pieces of boilerplate ALEC legislation are proposed or enacted at the state level; the legislation negatively impacts many issues, including: environment, education, unions, insurance, collective bargaining, while positively impacting member corporations’ bottom line.

 

Some of the nation's largest and richest companies, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, and AT&T, have joined forces to invest millions of dollars each year to promote the careers of thousands of state legislators and secure passage of legislation that puts corporate interests ahead of the interests of ordinary Americans.

Stick around after the film -- we’ll have a moderated group discussion (among attendees) to talk about the issue of money and politics, and the ever-increasing corporate control of our democracy.

 

You can preview clips of the film here and here.

 

 

 

What is ALEC?

 

ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that.Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board.(ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.)Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations….

 

Visit ALECexposed.org to continue reading ALEC FAQs.