The bill being presented in Assembly today, AB196, has already suspended a rule giving the Government Accountability Board regulating and reporting authority over Corporate expenditures in elections. The Center for Media and Democracy’s “ALEC Exposed” website discloses that AB196 has its origins in ALEC Model Legislation. Co-Chair Leah Vukmir’s Committee on Review of Administrative Rules authored and passed the bill on to Assembly and Senate Committees. A Resolution adopted in September of 2010, and disclosed by the Center for Media and Democracy specifically targets rule-making authority of states to monitor election spending by Corporate interests. From the Document:
“WHEREAS, the January 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission restored and affirmed the First Amendment rights of corporations, labor organizations, and nonprofit advocacy groups to engage in political speech in campaigns; and
WHEREAS, violations and burdensome restrictions placed upon the above named groups have the effect of chilling speech and are in violation of these organizations’ First Amendment rights; and
WHEREAS, disclosure requirements, which go further than what reasonably allows the public and the press to monitor elected officials and the government, such as those that require an organization to name its top funders, are both an affront to the right to private association and a danger to members and donors, who become vulnerable to harassment, intimidation, and retribution from those in disagreement with the position of the organization on an issue
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) opposes efforts that are outlined above at the federal, state, and local level to undermine the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”
The vast Corporate takeover of Democracy continues…only the people actively engaged can change the course in which we are headed. This is yet another example of the influence on Corporate Anarchists achieving open access to the People’s Government through ALEC Model Legislation – leading to unlimited and unreported monies buying political and economic favors. It is time for the people to rise up, engage in the political process en masse, and reclaim Progressive Government by and for the People.