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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2011
1:29 PM

CONTACT: People For the American Way (PFAW)

Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
Phone: 202-467-4999
Email: media@pfaw.org

Americans Hurt by ALEC "Model Bills" Speak Out at ALEC Annual Meeting as Corporate Members & Politicians Vote on More State Legislation

Whistleblower findings document how ALEC is used by corporations to hurt families, communities

WASHINGTON - August 2 - On Wednesday, August 3, a teacher, a small business owner, a reverend and a disenfranchised voter will speak out at a press conference to unveil the real human toll of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s "model bills."  ALEC is a vehicle by which corporations and politicians collaborate on blueprints for pro-corporate legislation to bring back to the states.

WHAT:           A Press Conference to Give Voice to the Victims of the ALEC Agenda  

WHEN:           Wednesday, August 3, 10:00 AM CDT

WHO:

  • Lisa Graves, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy (Moderator)
  • Jim Randels, a New Orleans area English teacher, will discuss attacks on public education
  • Nicole Schulte will discuss her experience with new Voter-ID laws in Wisconsin
  • Todd Landfried, Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, will discuss the damage caused by draconian anti-immigrant measures
  • Rev. Dr. Willie Gable Sr. will discuss the injustice of Louisiana’s new bill against health-care reform

WHERE:                     Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
                                    Bayside B, 4th Floor    
                                    500 Canal Street
                                    New Orleans, LA 70130

LIVE STREAM:        The press conference will be live-streamed for remote viewers.   

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a vehicle through which global corporations and state politicians collaborate and vote behind closed doors to design legislation that benefits the huge corporations funding ALEC. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life, and carry serious consequences for the American people by imposing voting restrictionsundermining environmental protections, scapegoating immigrants to profit from the private prison industry and defunding public educationLearn more here. 

In addition, Common Cause will release a report, “Legislating Under the Influence: Money, power and the American Legislative Exchange Council,” which examines how nearly $400 million in campaign contributions to state legislative candidates has helped ALEC secure champions for pro-business bills in Capitols from coast to coast.

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