ALEC, the NRA, and the Murder of Trayvon Martin
The American Legislative Exchange Council, (ALEC) prefers to do its business in secret. And since ALEC's founding in 1973 by Paul Weyrich (who co-founded the Heritage Foundation and is widely considered to be one of the Godfathers of the New Right); former Illinois Republican Congressman Henry Hyde; and conservative activist Lou Barnett, the organization has successfully stayed out of the spotlight.
Source Watch, a project of the Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy, described ALEC as a "semi-secretive" organization that "has been highly influential, has operated quietly in the United States for decades, and received remarkably little scrutiny from journalists, media or members of the public during that time." A report by the American Association for Justice, titled "ALEC: Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America" described the organization as "the ultimate smoke filled back room."
As John Nichols recently pointed out in The Nation, "the shadowy Koch brothers-funded network ... brings together right-wing legislators with corporate interests and pressure groups to craft so-called ‘model legislation.'" And while ALEC is predominantly concerned with cutting tax rates for corporations and wealthy individuals, privatization, de-regulation, and weakening, if not eliminating unions, it "also dabbles in electoral and public safety issues. And ‘Stand Your Ground' proposals have for seven years been on its agenda."
....Investigations surrounding the cold-blooded murder of the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a self-styled vigilante, could push ALEC out into the open
The Florida "stand your ground" law, which may allow the killer of Trayvon Martin to walk free, "is the template for an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) ‘model bill' that has been pushed in other states," PR Watch's Brendan Fischer recently reported. [FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE, SEE http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/13399]