A review of legislative voting records by a University of Wisconsin professor demonstrates that many Wisconsin legislators are taking cues from the ALEC playbook, which he says represents "the loss of citizen voice in the legislature and policymaking."
When the Grocery Manufacturers Association was sued for not disclosing the donors behind its heavyweight contribution to stop the Washington State ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods in 2013, the public learned a few interesting things about its funding and plans.
An internal ALEC document provided to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), shows that a Peabody Energy lobbyist provided ALEC legislators with a presentation on how to get more cash from corporations like Peabody to attend ALEC conferences. Peabody, a long time member of ALEC, is a frequent presenter at ALEC events and sponsor of several items of ALEC “model” legislation in recent years.
Thousands of pages of emails unsealed last week after a years-long investigation into former aides and associates of Scott Walker suggest that the current Wisconsin Governor and his staff misled the press about the first John Doe.