This is nothing short of amazing. ALEC, the political front group for the largest corporations in America, released a statement from Executive Director Ron Scheberle this morning “in response to the coordinated and well-funded intimidation campaign.” (Oh ALEC, don’t you know that you are the coordinated and well-funded intimidation campaign in today’s politics?)
Months of investigations into ALEC’s secretive methods have led to widespread public outcry over the organization’s goings-on. As a direct response, several large corporations have recently announced that they are ceasing involvement with the group (with potentially more on the way.)
With such a hugely negative public perception and the loss of several big corporate sponsors, you might expect ALEC to respond by pledging to move towards more transparency or working towards bipartisan legislation. But ALEC has stubbornly and foolishly stuck to their guns and chosen instead to respond by accusing the public of bullying them.
Well, excuse us for failing to shed a tear for ALEC. But, after all, we’re not the only ones skipping the pity party.
The full press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement by ALEC on the Coordinated Intimidation Campaign Against Its Members
(Washington, D.C.) April 11, 2012—Ron Scheberle, Executive Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) issued the following statement today in response to the coordinated and well-funded intimidation campaign against corporate members of the organization:
ALEC is an organization that supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and the vigorous exchange of ideas between the public and private sector to develop state based solutions. Today, we find ourselves the focus of a well-funded, expertly coordinated intimidation campaign.
Our members join ALEC because we connect state legislators with other state legislators and with job-creators in their states. They join because we support pro-business policies that promote innovation and spur local and national competitiveness. They’re ALEC members because they’re more interested in solutions than rhetoric.
For years, ALEC has partnered with legislators to research and develop better, more effective public policies – legislation that creates a more transparent, accountable government, policies that place a priority on free enterprise and consumer choice, and tax policies that are fair, simple and that spur the kind of competiveness that puts Americans back to work.
At a time when job creation, real solutions and improved dialogue among political leaders is needed most, ALEC’s mission has never been more important. This is why we are redoubling our commitment to these essential priorities. We are not and will not be defined by ideological special interests who would like to eliminate discourse that leads to economic vitality, jobs and fiscal stability for the states.
Executive Director, American Legislative Exchange Council