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Tillis receives ALEC award

Posted August 4, 2011

Looks like NC House Speaker Thom Tillis will be bringing a little extra hardware home from New Orleans this week.

Tillis and 31 other House members, mostly Republicans, are in New Orleans for the annual conference of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.  

The Speaker was one of eight state lawmakers around the country to win 2011 "Legislator of the Year" awards from the group. Another NC lawmaker at the conference, Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, posted the photo above on Tillis's Facebook page today.

ALEC bills itself as a non-partisan public-private "state legislative organization with the goal of promoting Thomas Jefferson’s principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism through sound policy solutions." 

The group brings corporate executives together with lawmakers at sponsored events and trainings, where they're briefed on policy issues. The two groups work together on business-friendly "model legislation" that lawmakers can then file in their states.  

ALEC's "Private Enterprise Board" includes executives from Koch Companies, Altria, AT&T, Pfizer, and ExxonMobil. Its "Board of Directors" is made up of lawmakers from more than a dozen states, including House Appropriations Chair Harold Brubaker, R- Randolph. 

ALEC came to Raleigh on March 22, 2011, to offer NC lawmakers a "boot camp" on tort reform. The following day, a product liability reform bill was filed that appeared to be taken straight from ALEC's model legislation.  

Several other bills filed in NC this year also appear to share some genetic material with ALEC legislation, including the first drafts of proposals on gun rights and medical malpractice.   

The group has been in the headlines recently due to accusations by critics that it pushes anti-union, anti-consumer legislation designed to benefit its major corporate sponsors. ALEC categorically denies these accusations. 

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  • matthewwood007 Aug 11, 3:57 p.m.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/161978/alec-exposed

    the meeting did not intend to draw up an agenda for the upcoming legislative session. That had already been done by ALEC’s elite task forces of lawmakers and corporate representatives. The new legislators were there to grab their weapons: carefully crafted model bills seeking to impose a one-size-fits-all agenda on the states.

  • SARCASTICLES Aug 8, 1:02 p.m.

    You THINK fascism is is more like when the government takes over businesses like GM? Why the sudden change in ideology? Up until now, you were all screechin' about SOCIALISM. You don't really know what EITHER of those mean, DO ya? Make up your mind already...if you HAVE one. ;)

  • matthewwood007 Aug 8, 9:19 a.m.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/162478/hidden-history-alec-and-prison-labor

    http://www.thenation.com/article/161971/alec-exposed-starving-public-schools

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/162267/exposing-alec-why-are-corporations-writing-state-laws

    If anyone is interested in the collusion of Corporate power and rogue state legislative action

    .....look no further. WRAL should run these stories to supplant the innuendo that they maybe effecting legislation innappropraitely

  • dlphnwmn8 Aug 6, 1:28 p.m.

    The group has been in the headlines recently due to accusations by critics that it pushes anti-union, anti-consumer legislation designed to benefit its major corporate sponsors. ALEC categorically denies these accusations.

    BWAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • faperrigo Aug 6, 9:38 a.m.

    I think fascism is more like when Gov't takes over business ala GM, or GE via its friendliness with the Regime. I think you will find more distasteful examples of govt and corporations if you look at how the Obama regime has bullied and coerced corporations into going along with certain policies. Play along or be punished seems to be the Supreme Leader's policy. Can't wait to see how corporations will bend over for the supreme leader when he comes to Charlotte.I wonder if businesses will 'encourage' their employees to contribute to the destruction of our economy.

  • SARCASTICLES Aug 5, 7:58 p.m.

    Fascism: The merger of Corporations with the State.

    Congratulations, traitors. They couldn't have pulled it off without YOUR help. ;)

  • JNealNC Aug 5, 6:17 p.m.

    ALEC issues "Policy in a Box for Dummies".

    Read: http://www.thenation.com/article/161978/alec-exposed

  • jdag Aug 5, 12:58 p.m.

    If this sponsor is the well known Koch brothers, they are highly involved in the conservative movement. They have spent millions of dollars funding right-wing organizations that are critical of the government. But, websites such as politicalcorrection.org report that Koch companies have received nearly $100 million in government contracts since 2000.

  • explorerford Aug 5, 8:39 a.m.

    He received an award from an organization that trains State Leglislatures to write laws that harm consumers such as blocking access to the civil courts and capping jury awards. Tills has done such a great job squashing the Constitutional Rights of North Carolinians, he defintely deserves this award. Congrats!