ALEC in Denver

Spotted this at ColoradoPols:

Alec in Denver Tonite?

We just got a tip that there is some kind of significant event this evening at the Denver Grand Hyatt on behalf of the infamous American Legislative Exchange Council, a very well-funded conservative thinktank that drafts legislation on a variety of subjects to be carried by Republican state legislators around the county. Think Progress reported just a couple of days ago on ALEC’s latest campaign to legislatively repeal local paid sick days ordinances:

[T]he Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch has published an expose of how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – a corporate front group that farms out legislation to almost a third of state legislators nationwide – is drafting legislation on behalf of its wealthy conglomerate funders to repeal these ordinances.

PR Watch obtained documents from ALEC’s 2011 Annual Meeting showing that one of the group’s committees – the Labor and Business Regulation Subcommittee of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force – focused its entire meeting on the issue of paid sick leave. Task force members, who are legislators, were given copies of a bill that enables state legislatures to override municipal paid sick days laws. The same bill was used in Wisconsin to override Milwaukee’s paid sick days requirement.

Read the rest at ColoradoPols

FRL wrote about ALEC back in July of 2011:

Longmont’s ALEC impersonators

Here’s a short list of what the Longmont’s ALEC impersonators ‘accomplished’:

  • Eliminated Inclusionary Zoning and, as a consequence, has damaged irreparably the city’s Affordable Housing Program and the interest of not only future participants but those of current participants.
  • Eliminated storm water provisions knowing full well, and taking pride in the fact, that the State of Colorado lacks the resources to assure compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency requirements. In some cases, these permits have been reduced from $2000 to $50. Staff and certain council members are at risk of breaking their arms as they pat themselves on the back over this one.
  • And then there are the lawsuit settlements that have transferred nearly $200,000 of taxpayer dollars into the coffers of their ideological allies – Scott Gessler, LifeBridge Church, and Dean Lehman’s Times- Call.

  3 comments for “ALEC in Denver

  1. October 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Wonder if the Baumer is in Denver getting pointers. If the stink in Longmont gets worse, we’ll know he was there or at least had a call from someone who was.

  2. October 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

    A shout out to Doug Wray for flagging this story. I’m a Colorado native and spent summers with my grandpa in the mountains near Lyons. And, I really appreciate Free Range Longmont flagging the extraordinary influence of global corporations on rewriting our rights through the American Legislative Exchange Council and ALEC politicians. If you go to our sites,,, and, you can find more information about ALEC’s agenda to limit local democracy and maximize corporate power at the expense of real people. I’m hoping more Coloradans wake up to the ALEC plan to funnel tax dollars into corporate profits along with lower wages for workers and to privatize anything that is not nailed down and some things that are (like the ALEC session in New Orleans which focused on the idea that the people should not own government buildings but should sell them to corporations and then pay rent to companies to use our public spaces). Lisa

  3. October 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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