Why Are The Brits So Much Better At Rooting Out Right Wing Corruption?
First there was the collapse of the Murdoch right wing media empire across the Atlantic. Now, the British version of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) known as the Atlantic Bridge has been shut down after its corrupt practices were ferreted out. ALEC has not quite made it into the public’s awareness because it has worked very hard to keep a low profile. That may be changing.
Think Progress reports:
In 2003, Fox and Werritty officially partnered with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to form the Atlantic Bridge nonprofit. The relationship flourished; ALEC supplied staff to the Atlantic Bridge, and Fox and his associates frequently spoke at ALEC events, which are comprised of meetings between American politicians and business lobbyists. But with theimplosion of the Atlantic Bridge, which has already ensnared lobbyists for Pfizer and several defense firms, the controversy has brought ALEC into the limelight.
Essentially, ALEC is a right wing front that writes “model legislation” that corporations and other special interest groups pay to have politicians use to further corporate and conservative agendas. That’s why so many of the same kinds of bills have been appearing all over the country, all at the same time. It’s so blatant that one Floridian politician cut and paste the entire ALEC document. Much hilarity ensued as the ALEC mission statement from the original document was included. Republicans aren’t even reading these bills. They just accept their campaign donations (otherwise known as “bribes”) and sign on the dotted line.
This is not as great a secret as ALEC would hope just as Fox being a propaganda machine is pretty much an accepted fact. Yet, while we here in the US do nothing to curb the abuses of these right wing machines, the British have taken steps to maintain the integrity of their political system. We should take a few lessons from our cousins across the Atlantic.