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Who's behind all the anti-worker attacks in the Missouri General Assembly, pushing so-called ‘right to work’ and ‘paycheck deception’ bills? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), among others. Check out all these connections between sponsors and co-sponsors and ALEC:
Moreover, all of the following so-called ‘right to work’ bills lift mirror ALEC’s model directly, and are not written by Missourians or for Missourians: SB 76, SB 134, SB 238, HB 77, HB 91 and HB 95. A head to head comparison of the bills may be found here. Morever, there are at least five amendments to Burlison's paycheck deception bill (HB64) that would add ALEC's exact right-to-work language. See amendments here by ALEC member Rick Brattin, Holly Rehder, Kurt Bahr, Kenneth Wilson, and ALEC member Bill White.
At least 37 major corporate sponsors have abandoned ALEC in recent months amid mounting criticism of the organization’s extreme agenda, including prominent companies like General Electric, Amazon.com, Coca-Cola, and Walmart. However, corporations such as Koch Industries remain fiercely loyal to the corporate bill factory.
Through ALEC task forces, unelected corporate lobbyists actually vote as equals with state legislators on 'model' bills in closed-door meetings where the press and public are not allowed. Corporations give gifts to ALEC ‘scholarship’ trips for legislators and their families to attend junkets where lobbyists and special interest groups give legislators their wish lists for changing laws. The ALEC corporate bill mill represents the institutionalization of a kind of corruption and distortion of our democracy that is unacceptable to a free people, especially in an era in which corporations and CEOs already have too much influence over our elections and public policies.