Article: ALEC Claims to Control 100% of Iowa’s & South Dakota’s State Legislatures | OpEdNews

The far-right American Legislative Exchange Council claims that every member of the state legislature in two states is a member of their organization.

 

Recently leaked documents from the  “ALEC Board Meeting, August 6, 2013, Chicago, Illinois, ” list the number and percentage of each state’s legislature that have signed onto ALEC; and, under “# of Legislators,” and “# of ALEC Members,” Iowa has 150 in each column, and South Dakota has 105 in each column. The third column, for both states, shows the “% of ALEC Membership in Legislature” as being “100%.” At the opposite end, the lowest percentage is 1%, in New York. The second-lowest is New Jersey, 2%. The third and fourth-lowest, tied, are just 4%, shown in both Maine and Vermont. The fifth-lowest is New Hampshire, 6%.

 

That table appears on page 39 of their report.

Page 20 presents the text of the oath of office that the leading ALEC member in each state must swear to in order to win or retain his position: “I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization [ALEC] first.” ALEC’s Senior Director of Public Affairs  told Britain’s Guardian , when asked about this: “All legislators are beholden to their constituents’ interests first – if they are not, they will be held accountable at the ballot box.” In other words: the only thing that ALEC’s lead legislator in any state might stand to lose if he violates his oath to ALEC is the vast contributions from the corporations that fund ALEC, which will then probably stop throwing more money into his campaigns.

via Article: ALEC Claims to Control 100% of Iowa’s & South Dakota’s State Legislatures | OpEdNews.

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