Smart ALEC’s Comeuppance: Bill Moyers Takes On the American Legislative Exchange Council

Joel Bleifuss

This week’s edi­tion of Bill Moy­ers & Com­pa­ny fea­tures the doc­u­men­tary report “The Unit­ed States of ALEC,” which explores how ALEC (Amer­i­can Leg­isla­tive Exchange Coun­cil) is work­ing with pow­er­ful cor­po­ra­tions and politi­cians to “remake Amer­i­ca, one state house at a time.”
ALEC has long been a sub­ject of In These Times’ muck­rak­ing.Beau Hodai has cov­ered ALEC’s shenani­gans for In These Times since his July 2010 cov­er sto­ry, “Cor­po­rate Con Game: How the Pri­vate Prison Indus­try Helped Shape Arizona’s Anti-Immi­grant Law,” exposed how ALEC was involved in push­ing that leg­is­la­tion. Hodai’s August 2011 cov­er sto­ry, “Pub­li­copoly Exposed,” exam­ined how ALEC, the Koch broth­ers and their cor­po­rate allies plan to neuter pub­lic employ­ee unions and pri­va­tize gov­ern­ment. And in Feb­ru­ary, Hodai was thrown out of ALEC’s Scotts­dale, Ariz., con­ven­tion, a tale he told in “ALEC’s Ari­zona Excort Ser­vice.”We can’t wait to see what Bill Moy­ers has to say about this nefar­i­ous out­fit.Bill Moy­ers & Com­pa­ny is shown Fri­day evenings on PBS sta­tions across the coun­try. 

Joel Blei­fuss, a for­mer direc­tor of the Peace Stud­ies Pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­souri-Colum­bia, is the edi­tor & pub­lish­er of In These Times, where he has worked since Octo­ber 1986.

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