The Show-Me Institute is far more than one of Rex Sinquefield’s pet projects - it's part of a national network of right-wing belief tanks, a franchise in the Koch Brothers-funded State Policy Network and supported by the Koch-connected Donors Capital Fund.
Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), corporations hand Missouri legislators wish lists in the form of "model" legislation that often directly benefit their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families. Behind closed doors, numerous ALEC model bills are crafted by corporations, for corporations. Elected officials who are members of ALEC then bring their model legislation back to Missouri, where they claim them as their own ideas and important public policy innovations without disclosing that corporations crafted and pre-voted on the bills at closed-door meetings with legislators who are part of ALEC.
Like you, we’ve been consumed this week by the photos and videos and voices of Ferguson. We’re upset, confused, conflicted, mad and sad. So here are a few stories of community and activism that give us hope and strength for the coming days and weeks.
RT @WorkingAmerica: .@Microsoft: “We are no longer members of #ALEC and do not provide the organization with financial support of any kind.… —
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"LGBT advocates in Missouri launched a website today designed to promote anti-discrimination bills at the legislature -- and the support these proposals are now getting from a select group of Republican lawmakers. Progress Missouri and PROMO, the statewide gay rights group, chose a clear message: FiredForBeingGay.com."