The Weight of Thought

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained that the National Center for Public Policy was expected to take over the role of the embattled American Legislative Exchange Council.

Liberal and progressive groups have waged a successful campaign against ALEC, which drafts corporation-friendly “model” legislation for state lawmakers. The little-known but influential organization has been a driving force behind voter ID laws, so-called “stand your ground” laws, business-friendly tort reforms, Arizona’s controversial immigration law, and efforts to privatize public education.

But as corporate members of ALEC continue to leave the organization, the National Center for Public Policy has stepped up to the plate. The organization announced it was launching a “Voter Identification Task Force” after ALEC disbanded its Public Safety and Elections task force.

“Corporate money has always wormed its way into politics,” Maddow said. “Guys like Jack Abramoff and Tom Delay and Ralph Reed and Tony Rudy made a transfixing illegal art form out of doing that.”

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