A smart ALEC complaint?

Right-wing legislative think tank ALEC seems to be whining that it’s getting smeared. Pity.

Politico Arena asks:

Common Cause has filed a complaint accusing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) of violating its tax-exempt status by lobbying state legislators. Critics have seized on ALEC’s support of so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws, coordinating a campaign against the group in the wake of the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Is this a valid complaint? Or a smear against a successful conservative advocacy group?

My Response:

Thank goodness ALEC is being challenged. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander and right-wing groups have never hesitated to smear any group standing the way of their total domination of the policy agenda.

That said, the only lasting antidote to ALEC’s twisted use of the tools of democracy is for the rest of us to participate in the democratic process more and better, in order to vote down laws like Stand Your Ground and throw ALEC-leaning legislators out of office.


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