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What Occupy Wall Street Gets Wrong About ALEC

What Occupy Wall Street Gets Wrong About ALEC

Occupy organizations in about 80 cities promised a day of action Wednesday around the theme “Shut Down the Corporations.” Well, not all of the corporations. Just the ones that sponsor the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. But that leaves a lot of rich targets. According to the day’s live blog, in Austin, Tex., the Occupiers marched on Monsanto. In Portland, Ore., a march passed through a 76 gas station and stopped briefly in front of a shuttered Verizon store. Occupy New York scheduled a ceremony to bestow upon Pfizer an award for “Excellence in Profiteering.”

Alison Fitzgerald and I wrote a feature on the council last December. We described ALEC as a nonprofit that: