Uncovering the Other ALECs
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:00
By Sarah Blaskey and Steve Horn, Truthout | News Analysis
Taxpayer-subsidized stealth lobbyists: Lobbyists
who circumvent normal lobbying regulations and procedures to advance
the corporate agenda in statehouses nationwide on the taxpayer dime.
If Washington DC is the new Versailles,
run by corporate overlords and their lobbyist-hired guns, then the 50
statehouses are its paternal twins. That is, while they look different
in form, they share the same genetic function as avenues for the
fulfillment of the corporate agenda.
In the 19th century, robber barons started their own private universities when they were not satisfied with those already available. But Leland Stanford never assumed his university should be run like his railroad empire. Andrew Carnegie did not design his institute in Pittsburgh to resemble his steel company. The University of Chicago, John D. Rockefeller’s dream come true, assumed neither his stern Baptist values nor his monopolistic strategies. That’s because for all their faults, Stanford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller knew what they didn’t know.