The Arizona Legislature: A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of ALEC
If you keep up with the politics of the day, you know that an organization called ALEC — American Legislative Exchange Council — is coming under scrutiny for its influence in various state legislatures.
An avowed right-wing group funded by conservative gazillionaires the Koch brothers along with some large corporations (though many of those are quickly dropping their connection), ALEC is responsible for in some case writing legislation that in Arizona has become law. In other cases, it passes along laws — like Florida’s Stand Your Ground — to other states. Like Arizona.
Each year it has a conference where conservative state legislators from around the country meet — and “exchange” conservative legislative ideas.
Arizona has more than its fair share of ALEC-affiliated state legislators. More than 50 have had some kind of connection to ALEC. And they seem happy to carry ALEC’s water in our House and Senate, whether it’s to privatize prisons, expand tuition tax credits for private schools (to the point that now, some parents can save the private K-12 tuition money their children receive for college tuition — say what?), expand gun rights, lower taxes.
So who are the Loyal Fifty, the Lapdogs of ALEC?
Here they are — see if your legislators are there. And wonder if they are more loyal to ALEC or to you: In other words, just about every Republican legislator.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.