Think Progress: Right-Wing Public Land Seizure Movement Funded By Tax Dollars

Public lands
Actually, they’re called “public lands” because We The People own them.

Think Progress has investigated the use of millions of dollars of our tax money to promote the unconstitutional seizure of public lands. The money goes to litigation funds, so-called “studies,” to ALEC and to the American Lands Council (ALC) — an organization created to help states claim ownership of federal lands, in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The President of the ALC is Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory. In 2012, Ivory sponsored HB 148, the Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act, which asserted that the federal government must turn over all public lands in Utah to the state government by the end of this year. Ivory receives a $40,000 a year salary from ALC, and his wife is on the payroll too.

The majority of Utahns disapprove of this naked land grab but “our” legislators are onboard with ALEC and ALC and the Koch brothers, not the citizens.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on June 19, 2014 - 7:57 pm

    I went to the downtown library to see a debate between both sides of the land issues and it was very interesting. Cliven Bundy had recently made his negro statement. Patrick Shea asked Ken Ivory his opinion about the Bundy situation and all Ivory had to say was, “we’re not here to talk about a cattle rancher in Nevada”.

    Shea also brought up an interesting fact. Bundy was supposed to pay $1.39 per cow per month, but if he had to pay the state for grazing fees, it would be something like $11 per cow, per month.

    Here’s the whole debate:

  2. #2 by cav on June 19, 2014 - 11:18 pm

    A slight expansion with links:

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