The week the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was in Salt Lake City for its 39th annual meeting, award winning cartoonist Pat Bagley produced this gem in Utah's largest newspaper, The Salt Lake Tribune. The cartoon "A Legislator Walks Into a Bar" aptly characterizes the relationship between legislators, mega-corporations, and ALEC. State Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) has put it bit more gently describing ALEC as a "dating service" for politicians and corporations.
Bagley has been honored with several awards in his career, including the Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning (2009), the Torch of Freedom Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah (2007), and the best editorial cartoonist in Utah by the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (2006). He has also authored and illustrated many books, several for children.
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