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ALEC Pushes Pension, Sick Leave and Living Wage Changes in FL

ALEC Pushes Pension, Sick Leave and Living Wage Changes in FL
Not only can Florida's debate over workers’ pensions be traced back to ALEC, but the controversial organization can also be linked to efforts to prohibit local governments from implementing laws that extend to paid sick leave.
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Dirty Energy Lobby Looking to NRA for Guidance

Dirty Energy Lobby Looking to NRA for Guidance
Noted climate change denier David Deming thinks the fossil fuel industry could learn a thing or two from the NRA about how to become an effective, powerful lobbying force.
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Non-Profit Study: Coal Investments, Shale Gas, a Bad Bet

In a missive titled "White Paper: Financial Risks of Investments in Coal," As You Sow concludes that coal is becoming an increasingly risky investment with each passing day. The fracking boom and the up-and-coming renewable energy sector are quickly superseding King Coal's empire as a source of power generation.
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OH Lawmaker Accused of Lobbying for ALEC Corporations

On Wednesday night, Fox19 news in Ohio aired an investigative piece examining the influence of ALEC in that state. I was interviewed as part of the segment, which was based in part on Common Cause’s investigation of ALEC over the past 18 months. This story, parts of which were included in a front page New York Times story in April, demonstrates the lengths some legislators will go to please ALEC and its corporate financiers.
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ALEC Goes to the Movies (Again)

ALEC Goes to the Movies (Again)
Get your popcorn and super-sized Koch-a-Cola!
Want to see a film starring wonderfully-talented actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis that pits brave parents against those criminal teacher union thugs, with ALEC-sponsored legislation playing "Trigger" (with no Roy Rogers), in a production bankrolled by a key player in Americans for Prosperity and dedicated to pushing their agenda of for-profit schools, vouchers, and the death of public education.
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Hey VA! Live from Salt Lake City - It's Your Legislators at 'Work'

Next week, at least 12 Virginia legislators will head to Salt Lake City, Utah to meet with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors at the 39th Annual American Legislative Exchange Council conference. If that name sounds familiar, it's probably because ALEC has been in the news recently as 26 corporations, 4 nonprofits, and 55 state legislators have fled the organization as their extreme and controversial agenda has been exposed.
You may remember from our January report that Commonwealth taxpayers have already spent over $230,000 on sending our representatives off to these conferences. Those numbers are about to tick upwards as most of those 12 legislators will again be traveling on the taxpayer dime. While they're in Salt Lake City, those Delegates and Senators will be meeting with lobbyists to find more corporate-sponsored bills in ALEC's arsenal to bring home and add to the 50+ ALEC bills that have been introduced in Virginia.
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