22 May 2014

Oregon’s GMO Sellout

– by Rebekah Wilce, originally published in the June 2014 issue of The Progressive magazine. Even though the state of Oregon enacted a law to override the ability of localities to regulate their own food systems, local ballot measures to ban GMO crops passed overwhelmingly in Jackson and Josephine Counties on

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04 Apr 2013

Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Distributed to Right Wing State Think Tanks without Disclosure

New Resource Details “Think Tanks” Tanking Americans’ Rights MADISON, WI — The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), the publisher of the award-winning ALECexposed.org investigation, is releasing a new web resource for reporters and citizens about the activities of Tracie Sharp’s State Policy Network (SPN) and its state “think tank”

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29 Jun 2012

WTO Un-COOL: Rules Against Popular U.S. Meat Labeling Law

This article was originally published by the Center for Media and Democracy at PRWatch.org. The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a final ruling today against the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law. This popular pro-consumer policy, which informs shoppers where meat and other foods were raised or grown, enjoys the support

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01 Jun 2012

Plan B: Recalls will Determine Control of Wisconsin Senate

This article was first published by the Center for Media and Democracy at PRWatch.org. To see some of the political ads discussed in this article, see the videos embedded in the original article at PRWatch.org. Most of the headlines in recent weeks have focused on embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s effort

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31 May 2012

Wal-Mart 18th Corporation to Dump ALEC, Becomes 22nd Private Sector Member to Leave

This article was first published by CMD at PRWatch.org. Wal-Mart, a member of ALEC’s corporate “Private Enterprise” board and of the Public Safety and Elections Task Force that adopted Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” as a “model” bill, announced yesterday that it is “suspending” its ALEC membership. “We feel that the

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30 May 2012

House Votes Today on Bill that Could Limit Access to Drug Safety Information

This article was originally published by the Center for Media and Democracy at PRWatch.org. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012, H.R.5651. Groups advocating for open and transparent government have found a provision in the bill that

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07 May 2012

Syngenta Celebrates Earth Day by Ladling on the Pesticides

This article was originally published by the Center for Media and Democracy at PRWatch.org. Herbicide manufacturer Syngenta had an interesting way of celebrating Earth Day this year, touting the joys of pesticides. The multinational conglomerate sent out a press release during the approach to Earth Day exclaiming that “modern farming is

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01 May 2012

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Cuts Ties to ALEC

This article was originally published by the Center for Media and Democracy at PRWatch.org. The national certifying body for teachers in the United States, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), participated in the Education Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) until April 2012. In an official

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27 Apr 2012

For-Profit Education Firm Kaplan is 14th Company to Dump ALEC

This article was originally published by the Center for Media and Democracy at PRWatch.org. Kaplan, a for-profit education, tutoring, and testing empire that is the largest division of the $4 billion Washington Post Company, recently told the Republic Report (RR) that Kaplan’s for-profit college division “was a member of ALEC

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20 Apr 2012

Former ALEC Supporters Now Find Connection Toxic

This article was originally published by the Center for Media and Democracy at PRWatch.org. With thousands of consumers expressing their concerns about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to corporations across America, even former supporters of ALEC are feeling the heat, and some are rushing to distance themselves from the

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