Archive for April 17, 2012
Today, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) announced that it’s shuttering the group working on pro-gun and voter identification laws (“Public Safety and Elections Task Force”). This comes in response to several companies terminating their relationships with ALEC, after the Trayvon Martin killing, when attention was called to the organization’s backing of “stand your ground” laws.
Here’s the irony: the task force was already mostly dead. They hadn’t met since the end of February, and have been a relatively minor part of ALEC’s efforts this year. In keeping with the primary Republican goal of ousting President Obama, ALEC’s legislative focus in 2012 is economic policy, such as busting the Wisconsin’s public employee union.
So ALEC gets to tell the companies that it’s being responsive — albeit after having told them that they shouldn’t be trying to influence them in the first place. And, by doing so, they’re able to protect their revenue stream, which overwhelmingly consists of corporate donations.
After all, let’s face it — what corporation is going to deny funding to an organization devoted to reducing union influence?
- ALEC eliminates task force on social issues (rawstory.com)
- PROGRESSIVE VICTORY: ALEC Ends Its Guns And Voter Suppression Task Force (thinkprogress.org)
- ALEC to ‘sharpen focus’ on economic issues, end work on voter suppression, gun rights (dailykos.com)
- ALEC Switches Focus Amid Martin Backlash (myfoxphoenix.com)
- ALEC Announces It Will No Longer Focus on Social Issues (skydancingblog.com)
- Georgia lawmaker quits ALEC, calls it ‘radical’ group with ‘dangerous agenda’ (rawstory.com)
- Study: ALEC has ‘secretive influence’ in Missouri statehouse (kansascity.com)
- ALEC-American Legislative Exchange Council is losing members due to writing of rotten laws that aid killers Like George Zimmerman (bonjupatten.com)
As you’re surely aware, I follow the world of computer security, though I don’t spend much of my time at Logarchism writing about it. But on occasion I’ll run across a story of broad enough interest to mention it here. The last time I did for a national issue, it was when Congress was considering passing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). That bill wasn’t at all liked by online service providers, because it made them potentially liable for crowdsourced material.
This time, we have a new bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). It’s a more subtle bill in terms of its potential repercussions, but its impact on our freedoms could be quite a bit greater. To understand why, it’s worth taking a short trip down memory lane. (more…)