John Fund Embraces ALEC In Public

The right-wing Guru promoting fake claims of “voter fraud” has taken his effort to a new level and, has actually mentioned ALEC online. Athough it’s, probably, only online at this point; the usual tactic of prominent American pundits is to ignore obvious truths. Fund’s article is actually called “Left-Wing Pressure Causes ALEC to Retreat“.

Left-Wing Pressure?

KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Mars, Snickers, M&M’s, Milky Way, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, Intuit, Microsoft?

Have I missed any subsidiaries? Who knew that the middle class had so many allies?

According to Fund, all of that “Left-Wing Pressure” came from former Obama White House aide Van Jones and The Nation magazine. :) He names John Engler, Tommy Thompson and Rick Perry as distinguished governors that “have come from the ranks of ALEC”, and even adds: (Disclosure: I have spoken at several ALEC events over the last 20 years without receiving any compensation.)

I’m not going to dispute that Mr. Fund didn’t receive any direct compensation for his strenuous speaking efforts at such events, but he’s not exactly living in a tent without a place to poop for his political theater either. Perhaps an air-conditioned bus? :(

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on April 22, 2012 - 4:03 am

    Air conditioned buses are for tea partiers. Others can pee in their pants or pretty dresses.

    Nice.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on April 24, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    ALEC won’t go away, but they have lost their anonymity and ability to operate below the radar of public opinion. Mainly due to a series of events that began when a Florida neighborhood watch wanna-be cop shot an unarmed teenager.

    I’m following ALEC’s attempt to shop around the Utah public land grab law to other western states. ALEC drafted the model legislation back in 1995, as the “Sagebrush Rebellion Act” (PDF), but it’s getting traction now because the extremism of our politicians has caught up with the idea of stealing our public lands on behalf of energy corporations.

    The larger issue of course is corporate takeover of government. That’s what happened with health care “reform” while the right-wingers were shouting nonsensically about a government takeover of health care!

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on April 24, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    Americans never realized they were electing people who were nothing more then couriers for the corporate agenda. We thought we elected them to come up with bills that served our interests, but it turns out that some of them wouldn’t even know the first thing about writing a bill.

    Putting Travyon Martin’s face on the problem sure helped get the story out, but what about the faces of all the people who’ve been herded into private prisons, and the faces of the people who won’t be able to cast their legal vote?

    I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think the Travyon tragedy is being is being linked with ALEC except on left-leaning internet sites. The American media hasn’t been allowed to run negative stories about corporate overreach for decades and Walter Cronkite has passed.

    What are we going to do?

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on April 24, 2012 - 3:48 pm

  5. #5 by brewski on April 24, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    Americans never realized they were electing people who were nothing more then couriers for the corporate agenda. We thought we elected them to come up with bills that served our interests, but it turns out that some of them wouldn’t even know the first thing about writing a bill.

    If they never realized this then they weren’t paying attention. Would YOU vote for someone whose very first decision was to appoint this guy:

    Vice Chairman of Perseus, a merchant banking firm

    Director of Goldman Sachs

    Director of Forestar Real Estate Group, Inc.,

    Director of KB Home

    Director of Target Corporation

    Director of UnitedHealth Group Inc.,

    Member of the American Friends of Bilderberg

    Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

    Member of the Trilateral Commission

    Managing Director of Lehman Brothers

    CEO of Fannie Mae when they committed accounting fraud

    So you think that this guy was going to make sure that bills that served the people were going to be his priorities and not be a courier for the corporate agenda? Why?

    By the way, since I know you love secret rightwing conspiracies. Look up Bilderberg.
    http://bilderberg2012.org/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6LyH7Wu8NY
    These guy make ALEC look like the Boy Scouts.

  6. #6 by Larry Bergan on April 24, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Richard:

    Just having ALEC show up in the newspapers isn’t going to do the job, it has to be on the nightly television news and it has to be pounded down our throats everyday until Americans understand the intricacies of the story.

    The corporations will never let that happen. They also don’t want to give up the cash cow of modern day politics. They are fighting like mad to make sure we don’t find out who is giving them the cash.

  7. #7 by Larry Bergan on April 24, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    I uploaded this video of John Fund caught trying to take on Brian Lamb and Amy Goodman. This guy is NOT interested in fair elections – which coincides perfectly with the mission of ALEC over the years:

    511 views so far. Pretty respectable.

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