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Dumb ALEC: Conservative Group Runs for Cover on “Stand Your Ground.”

Written by Gary North on July 23, 2013

ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council. It is a little-known conservative think tank. It is the source of the “stand your ground” laws.

It is now running for cover. Bill Gates’s foundation says it will not send money any longer. So has McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Kraft Foods.

This reveals what ALEC has concealed for decades. The Establishment Left has always written checks to ALEC, which has kept ALEC on a short leash. We read in Wikipedia:

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a 501(c)(3) American organization composed of legislators, businesses and foundations which produces model policies for state legislatures and promotes free-markets, limited government, and federalism at the state level. According to the organization’s website, members share a common belief that “government closest to the people” is “fundamentally more effective, more just, and a better guarantor of freedom than the distant, bloated federal government in Washington, D.C.” In a Dec. 2011 opinion piece critical of ALEC which appeared in The Nation magazine, John Nichols described ALEC as a “collaboration between multinational corporations and conservative state legislators.”

When any conservative organization is in any way dependent on the American Establishment for its tax-deductible donations, it has no teeth.

ALEC provides a forum for state legislator and corporate members to collaborate on “model policies”—draft legislation that members can customize for communities and introduce for debate in their own state legislatures. Approximately 200 per year become law. ALEC has produced model legislation on issues such as reducing corporate regulation and taxation, tightening voter identification rules, digital due process streamlining or minimizing environmental protections, over-criminalization and promoting gun rights.

It was behind the “stand your ground” laws. But not any more. The Left has yanked its leash.

The Left has a lot of money. It can write a few checks for what it regards as walking-around money. It can get policy changed by pulling back for a year.

When was the last time you saw any Beltway conservative think tank do an attack on Rockefeller or the Rockefeller empire? The next time will be the first.

The New York Times has described what has happened at ALEC. ALEC is getting out of the law enforcement and social policy fields. It will return to its “economic roots.”

While the group had already been discussing a narrowing of its work, the controversy generated by the Martin shooting “may have sped up the process,” Chip Rogers, a Georgia state senator who is the group’s treasurer, said in a telephone interview. The group’s legislative board voted unanimously to disband its committee that developed policies on public safety, elections and other noneconomic issues.

The Trayvon Martin case is the cause. Zimmerman was declared not guilty. But that does not matter at ALEC.

Since then, corporate supporters and philanthropic organizations, like the Gates Foundation, have withdrawn contributions to the organization that are believed to total hundreds of thousands of dollars. (It does not publicly list the amounts contributed by its members and donors.) “We hate to see any members leave,” said Kaitlyn Buss, a spokeswoman for the group, “and we hope to work with these companies that have had problems again in the future.”

If you want to know why things never change politically, despite the flow of funds into conservative organizations, follow the money. All it takes is walking-around money from the Left to de-fang the “loyal opposition” conservative movement.

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16 thoughts on “Dumb ALEC: Conservative Group Runs for Cover on “Stand Your Ground.”

  1. Very disheartening but predictable!

  2. Can someone please explain to me why Stand Your Ground laws are even being mentioned in the same sentence with the Zimmerman case? Let me guess. He chose to stay and have his head slammed into the ground instead of running away…oh wait…he COULDN'T run away. His head was being slammed into the ground by a thug who was holding him down!

  3. What's hilarious is in Florida, SYG is invoked by 33% of the time by black defendants (blacks make up 16% of FLA's population). It is has been successful by those black defendants over 50% of the time. The law works, blacks benefit from it more than anyone else and their stooges in DC and on corporate boards don't even see it. One more time folks: perception = reality to dumb people to lazy to get the facts

  4. "Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked." (Proverbs 25:26)

    "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith…." (1 Timothy 6:10-12)

  5. ronald r. johnson says:

    Cocoa Cola and Kraft Foods have got the last dime they will ever get from me and Bill Gates like Obama is also a closet Homosexual so he does not count either! Trayvon was a racist punk Thug and got what he had been looking for, for years and I guess Old Bill Gates Cocoa Cola and Kraft Foods really liked all his tweets about the under aged girls he had the Nude pictures of, but I wonder if their parents did and will reward Cocoa Cola and kraft Foods and as said Bill gates like Obama is a closet Homosexual so who cares what he thinks and he can shove his money where the Sun down Shine and go back to Africa and take Obama,Holder and Sharpton and the N A A C P and the Black panthers with him!

  6. Who cares what leash is short and being yanked by whom..the people who want to live and not die by the hands of criminals is in the SYG driver's seat here.

  7. ronald r. johnson says:

    Nothing, Obama, Bill gates and all the other Black Racists and Wanta Be Black Racists just need another lie to talk about. Trayvon was a long time criminal who beat up little kids at his school and old guys driving school busses and teachers and brought bags of women's jewelry he had stolen to school and was caught with it! Trayvon's criminal acts were brought to a close when he tried to Murder Zimmerman and the tables were turned on his criminal BUTT and George sent him t H*LL where he belonged! Obama bought him a Judge, Four state Attorneys, several lying witnesses and hid evidence showing he was a criminal and took Nude pictures of under aged girls with his cell phone and I hear his mommie and Daddies think there is nothing wrong with any of that which is probably why he was such a criminal!

  8. James Bernard says:

    Not sure about the Homosexual thing but what I do know is Bill Gates sucks and he is not a nice person! Very sad about McDonald's, Coke etc for there are a lot of American Hunters that frequent these establishments and products etc in the early mornings prior to the days hunt! Is America dead! We are at the cross roads! Where will we go from here!

  9. WhiteFalcon says:

    That about sums it up. Those that are sympathetic to Travon Martin are those that support criminal activity. Chicago and Detroit and DC are examples of what they stand for. Those are all great liberal meccas where there are more people being killed than there are in Afganastan every day. The police don't even try to solve all the murders there because there are to many for them to handle. That is what Ovomit wants to happen all over the entire United States. I would far rather live in the wild west than to live in those places today. In the wild west you had to fight and there were a lot of people being killed, though not nearly so many as there are today, but you were free. Freedom is fast slipping away today.

  10. At least in the Wild West they didn't coddle their criminals — they hanged them! Greatly reduces their abilities to recommit.

  11. It's not that they don't see it- it's that they can't tolerate it. Only Masa (Obama) and his loving overseerers can protect blacks. If we learn we can protect ourselves and find fair treatment under the law, we might leave his plantation, fend for ourselves and truly prosper. They are not dumb. They are evil and manipulative.

  12. tsimitpo says:

    This is one of the earmarks of a corporate-fascist state.

  13. Let's face it. Corporate America is anti-capitalistic. The political and financial establishment seeks a totalitarian social system run by big corporations, big banks and big government.

  14. well, I guess I've already been boycotting all these outfits. Have hated Gate's thinking and values as far as computers for years, have refused to pay his money for his stuff. Coke? Nah. They make nothing I want to put into my body. Mc Donald's lost me years ago, And Kraft? They don't make anythng I want, either. SO… they STILL won't get any of my money. This sort of manipulation is corrupt…. down to the root. ALEC have done a good job in many ways. But others will rise up to take their place as defenders and promoters of true freedom.

  15. Because it isn't about the Zimmerman case. It is about using ANY excuse to advance an agenda. Name ONE 'gun control', sorry, the current term is 'gun safety', law EVER proposed in the aftermath of a high profile shooting that would have stopped the shooting had it been in place and enforced for several years prior to the shooting. It is NEVER about the shooting. It is ALWAYS about manipulating emotional responses to do something you can't do when people are thinking rationally.

    Did I just imply the general population is EVER thinking rationally?

  16. This is just another typical alinskyite tactic. Obama et al are trying to use the stand your ground laws as an excuse for more GUN CONTROL. The left never gives up ! Some are even honest enough to admit what their real agenda is.
    “Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with the view of confiscating them and leaving the population defenseless.” — Vladimir Lenin

    “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” — Joseph Stalin