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8/15/2013 10:56:00 AM

To the editor:

Have you ever heard of a 501c3 organization called ALEC? Me either... until I watched Bill Moyers discuss what they're up to.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is an organization that connects corporate lobbyists with state legislators to pass special interest legislation in all fifty staters. ALEC has roughly 2,000 legislative members and 300 corporate members. ALEC was called by Bill Moyers the "most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of."

ALEC operates behind closed doors writing legislation for lawmakers that benefits not the public, but corporate interests. They want to de-regulate the Environmental Protection Agency who works to protect our air and water. They want to privatize our prisons which mean that unlike state providers, they have a financial incentive in "filling beds" among other flagrant abuses of human rights. They hand deliver legislation to our lawmakers who deny climate change and subvert sustainable energy. They want to privatize our education system which again limits accountability and quality control of our most valued asset, our children.

Profits always speak louder than quality. We need to be informed and tell our lawmakers this is unacceptable. If you want to learn more go to People for the American Way at www.pfaw.org.

Thank you,

Rev. Barbara Martin

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