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ALEC CEO Nelson: Activists Want to Destroy Group

Friday, 03 Oct 2014 05:50 PM

Google is the latest corporation to sever ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council — and ALEC's CEO Lisa Nelson fears it is part of an activist plot to destroy the group.

Google is reported to have severed its ties over ALEC's alleged affiliation with climate change skeptics.

But Nelson told Rick Ungar and John Fund, guest hosts of "The Steve Malzberg Show, Friday on Newsmax TV:

"ALEC has actually no policy on climate change. What we do recommend and encourage is that companies that have the resources and companies that can do it seek renewable energy policies on their own.

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"A lot of corporations out there are sitting on huge cash reserves of money and they can seek those renewable energy solutions on their own."

Last month, Yahoo! Inc. joined Facebook Inc. and Yelp Inc. in dropping out of ALEC.

The group, according to Bloomberg News, has been under fire for working to overturn state mandates for renewable energy and has recommended legislation calling for researching the benefits of climate change and the economic risks of carbon-dioxide caps.

It also was slammed for supporting stand-your-ground laws after the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

"There's definitely something else going on here. This is a systematic campaign designed by the professional activists on the left to try to defund ALEC, which is what they see as a very effective organization," Nelson said.

ALEC's stated mission is to "advance limited government, free markets and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public."

"We are legislator driven, meaning that state legislators around the country are members," Nelson said.

"Then we've got the other half of the coin, which is foundations, think tanks, and corporate members giving input and participating in that dialogue, that exchange of ideas is so important for legislators because they craft this model policy."

She said the groups trying to get corporations to stop funding ALEC are using "intimidation and corporate blackmail."

"They're even telling Democrat legislators who are business friendly not to be members of ALEC," she said.

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