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Not fair to allow the very rich to dictate the laws of this country

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To the editor,

Do you know ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council)? If not, it is important to know what a threat it is to our democracy. This should be a priority for all voters, including the "undeclared". ALEC's basic agenda is having American legislators introduce ALEC's written laws which help corporations improve their profits. That agenda includes electing far right legislators.

Other actions would drastically limit consumer protection for credit card holders, ...

To the editor,

Do you know ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council)? If not, it is important to know what a threat it is to our democracy. This should be a priority for all voters, including the "undeclared". ALEC's basic agenda is having American legislators introduce ALEC's written laws which help corporations improve their profits. That agenda includes electing far right legislators.

Other actions would drastically limit consumer protection for credit card holders, bank borrowers, stock purchasers and lending laws. The latest Consumer Protection Law mandates that committees write detailed regulations to implement that law. ALEC is telling their congressional members how to write these regulations to take the teeth out of the law to make it more favorable to their business interests.

Other so called voter protection laws, such as Voter ID, would have the impact of restricting the access of the less well to do. There is no credible evidence of large scale voter fraud.

In ALEC's effort to privatize more of the government operations, corporations are starting to take over our schools using the voucher system. Their objective is to eliminate as much of our public schools as possible because they think the public schools teach subversive ideas. They want to take over our prisons as well. (The Corrections Corp of America offered to buy up N.H. state prisons for a good price if the state will guarantee to keep the prison's 90-percent full.) These takeovers would eliminate unions and collective bargaining.

The Stand Your Ground law is one of theirs too. This is backed by NRA along with all the other gun rights bills that are submitted.

Union busting bills are written for legislators to offer as their own, that include the "Right-to-Work Law". Anti abortion and anti contraception bills are on the agenda across the country.

ALEC was started and largely underwritten by a number of billionaires, such as the Koch brothers, who are notorious for their pollution violations from their oil refineries and paper mills. Exxon Mobil, Fidelity Investments, Visa and NRA are prominent funders.

I don't think it is fair to those of us who do not have a lot of money, or run a corporation, to let ALEC dictate the laws in this country.

You can see details of ALEC by pasting this link in Google: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Corporations

Kent Warner

Center Harbor