When it comes to picking taxpayer pockets, few organizations display as much chutzpah as the American Legislative Exchange Council. It is a rich person's anti-tax lobby, hating paying the price of civilization and in love with the idea of weak tax law enforcement. Now taxpayers, at least in South Dakota, will pay for legislators to belong to ALEC.In Pierre this spending of taxpayer funds to finance what is an anti-tax (and tax enforcement) lobby for libertarian plutocrats, rankled Democrats and some principled Republicans, reports in South Dakota newspapers show.ALEC corrupts lawmakers with free trips, while reporting on its IRS Form 990 that it does no such thing...
Imagine what would happen if Democrats in control of a state legislature wanted to send their members to meetings run by the Industrial Areas Foundation with unlimited travel budgets for those chairing committees in partnership with Saul Alinksy's admirers. That is how ALEC works, committees have two chairs, one from business, one from a legislature.
For those not familiar with ALEC, the ever useful Sourcewatch has the skinny, showing from its Form 990 that dues generate just one percent of revenues. Interesting, a membership organization that gets a penny on the dollar from membership fees and the rest from corporations and rich people trying to bend the laws to their will.
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