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Democracy & Voter Rights

ALEC bills and resolutions would disenfranchise Americans and give corporations even more power to use their vast financial resources to influence elections in our democracy. These “model bills” include the infamous “Voter ID” bills pushed through this year by new governors, many of whom have ties to ALEC. Through ALEC, corporations have both a VOICE and a VOTE on specific state laws affecting your voting rights and elections through these model bills. (excerpts taken from ALECexposed.org)

 

ALEC has drafted legislation that would:

  • Disenfranchise disabled, low income, elderly, people-of-color and student voters who move more frequently or do not drive, by requiring all voters show a state ID at the polls — even though counties have traditionally accepted other proofs of residence without any significant problems.
  • Oppose public financing of elections designed to reduce the influence of moneyed interests, and justifying their position with the plainly untrue assertion that “campaign contributions have no effect upon legislative behavior.”
  • Anticipate unlimited secret spending in the 2010 midterm elections and release a resolution opposing the disclosure of donors, before many others recognized how corporations, CEOs, and corporate front groups would hide behind non-disclosure rules and funnel hundreds of millions of dollars into the 2010 elections, with more to come in 2012.
  • Oppose the use of statistical sampling to get an accurate count of urban people of color and immigrants in the U.S. Census, although many modern countries use such cost-effective and accurate tools to conduct their census. Some politicians have expressed concern that this would increase the number of electoral votes and districts to favor Democrats.
  • Oppose “false statement” laws passed by states designed to ensure that campaign ads do not mislead voters with false statements.

 

Resource Links

http://alecexposed.org/wiki/Democracy,_Voter_Rights,_and_Federal_Power

http://www.colorofchange.org/press/releases/2011/12/8/civil-rights-group-launches-campaign-urging-corpor/

http://campusprogress.org/articles/conservative_corporate_advocacy_group_alec_behind_voter_disenfranchise/

 

Worst Offender:

While all ALEC corporate members can be blamed for the erosion of American’s Voter Rights, the following corporation is viewed as the worst offender and biggest financier of voter suppression.

Koch Industries – As one of the largest privately held companies in the country, Koch Industries owns a diverse group of companies and has been of the forefront of promoting and financing the ALEC agenda. The company is led by Charles and David Koch, arguably two of the leading and most influential financiers of anti-regulation and right-wing ideology in the United States. They have been a notable target for activists seeking to overturn the election fraud agenda.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/12/14/388783/tens-of-thousands-march-on-koch-industries-for-suppressing-voting-rights/

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Koch_Industries