Interesting Link Between ALEC and Michigan and Voting in Maine

Michigan apparently has many links to corporate money.

Although the following article is about Maine and its fight to preserve voter registration laws, it reveals that the money to oppose keeping same day registration came from a donor within Michigan, the American Justice Partnership 

The Article appeared in the Portland Press Herald and other papers about the country.

The AJP has it out for George Soros who is described in Wikipedia as a Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, philosopher, and philanthropist. Soros supports progressive-liberal causes.  He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management and closely connected to the Open Society Institutute.  According to their web site, “the Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.”

Read more in the article


What Corporations Didn’t Pay Taxes

Although a bit old, the following list is worth a second look as we approach 2012. 

SOPA Vote Delayed on Internet Piracy

In what was described as a “minor delay”, the vote on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) was delayed until Wednesday, December 21st.

What is important to note is that the concerns of those who oppose the measure were actually considered.    This might have been due to the mass mailings and other efforts.  (We will never really know.)   Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have Google and Facebook oppose the legislation.

Check out the explanation at CBS

Senator Bernie Sanders Introduces Amendment to End Corporate Personhood

On December 08, 2011, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a Constitutional Amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United that many, (including Sanders), considers to be significantly responsible for corporate, undisclosed, influences in our government that have been detrimental.

This video says it best.

Sign Bernie’s petition.

A Video Primer on Michigan’s Emergency Financial Manager Law

Occupy Lansing addresses the Emergency Manager Law where Bill Goodman gives in this video a legal analysis, history and excellent overview of PA-4.

All you need to know about today’s political issues….in 11 minutes

John Loredo is the Representative for the 13th district in the State of Arizona.

While this video focuses on what is going on in Arizona, it an EXCELLENT way to spend 11 minutes of your time getting up to speed on what ails America.

Microsoft, Bill Gates and ALEC in Education.

Microsoft has long been a contributor to ALEC.

Just recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave some $376,375 to ALEC “to educate and engage its membership on more efficient state budget approaches to drive greater student outcomes, as well as educate them on beneficial ways to recruit, retain, evaluate and compensate effective teaching based upon merit and achievement” No mention is made of whether or not the purpose of that education should be to develop critically thinking citizens capable of self-rule under a democracy or training good corporate workers. The details of the grant are available on the Foundation’s web site.

More information on ALEC’s involvment in education and what it might have in mind with respect to education is can be found in the Daily Kos article entitled, Gates Foundation Bankrolls ALEC.