Ahead of Hearing, Durbin Ties ‘Stand Your Ground’ to ALEC

Critics: Political motivation in Durbin effort, senator trying to link ALEC to Zimmerman shooting
Dick Durbin / AP

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) sent a letter to companies that may have supported the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council this week asking about ALEC’s work on model legislation for “stand your ground” laws.

Union Smear Machine Revs Up

Labor-backed groups attack ALEC in new report
Iowa Policy Project, Good Jobs First, ALEC logos

Two more deep-pocketed groups—one funded by Iowa taxpayers—have joined the progressive campaign to dismantle the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The Anti-ALEC Rogue’s Gallery

Lawyer who filed complaint has ties to multiple anti-ALEC groups
Marcus Owens / AP

The lawyer who filed an IRS whistleblower complaint against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on behalf of a shadowy organization known as “Clergy Voice” has ties to the liberal government watchdog group Common Cause, another ALEC foe.

Moyers, Inc.

Liberal icon funnels $1.3 million to liberal nonprofits who appear on his show
Bill Moyers / AP

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers heads a foundation that has provided more than $1 million in grants to liberal groups which then provide guests for Moyers’ television show, a potential conflict of interest according to one watchdog group.

ALICE in Donor Land

Wisconsin liberals mimic conservative group they love to hate
ALICE

A Wisconsin think tank bankrolled by liberal foundations is attempting to build a progressive version of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Cadillac Presents: Liberal Talking Points Live

GM signs sponsorship deal, remains in debt to the taxpayers
GM CEO Daniel Akerson / AP

General Motors has moved in a decidedly more liberal direction since raking in a $50 billion government bailout from the Obama administration.

The Left’s Corporate Shakedown

Anti-ALEC groups engage in extortion-like tactics to cripple conservative org

A host of progressive organizations have led an intense campaign to destroy the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for more than a year, not only through legal challenges but also through public shaming campaigns against corporations and state legislators connected to the group.

Common Hypocrisy

Campaign finance reform group says it is centrist but takes money from the left to attack the right

Common Cause—a nonprofit campaign finance and government reform organization whose stated goal is to “curb the excessive influence” of money and lobbying on government—is one of several organizations participating in a Wednesday protest against the conservative super PAC American Crossroads.

The Anti-ALEC alliance

Group at heart of anti-conservative crusade is shadowy organization funded by leftwing millionaires and billionaires

ProgressNow, a leader in the leftwing campaign against free-market model legislation organization ALEC, is a shadowy organization funded by millionaires, billionaires, and leftwing philanthropies with the intent of expanding Democratic power.

MSNBC’s ALEC Hypocrisy

AP

MSNBC’s parent companies, Comcast and General Electric, are both members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which MSNBC commentators like Martin Bashir and Karen Finney have blamed for the death of Trayvon Martin in order to condemn ALEC member Koch Industries.