VOICES OF OHIO Press Conference

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Ohioans Harmed By ALEC “Model Bills” Speak Out Against Undue Corporate Influence in Democratic Process

New Report Documents Influence of American Legislative Exchange Council in the Ohio Statehouse

WHAT:

Press Conference to reveal the human toll of ALEC’s influence in pushing legislation in Ohio to enriching specific industries by privatizing schools and prisons, suppressing the vote, blocking implementation of healthcare reform, and attacking workers’ rights.

WHEN :

Monday, February 6, 11:00am – 12:30pm EST, Ohio Statehouse (Senate Minority Caucus Room)

1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215

DETAILS:

Community leaders will speak out at a press conference at the Ohio State House about the real human toll of ALEC’s influence in Ohio. The speakers will identify specific ALEC legislation that has directly impacted their families and communities. Speakers include:

  • Brian Rothenberg, Executive Director, Progress Ohio
  • Tim Burga, President, Ohio AFL-CIO
  • Tim Shafer, Operations Director, OCSEA AFSCME Local 11, former Corrections Officer
  • Ltaundra Everhart, High School Teacher
  • David Romick, Dayton Education Association, Teacher
  • Pat Clifford, State Organizer for Ohio Common Cause
  • Rev. Joel King, Unity Coalition

LIVESTREAM : http://www.ustream.tv/channel/alec-in-ohio

REPORT :

Progress Ohio, People For the American Way Foundation, Common Cause and the Center for Media and Democracy will release a joint report, “ ALEC in Ohio: The Corporate Special Interests that Help Write Ohio’s Laws,” which examines the extensive influence wielded by corporations, working through ALEC, in shaping Ohio’s laws through a side-by-side comparison of ALEC model legislation and actual bills submitted by ALEC-associated politicians.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a vehicle through which global corporations and state politicians collaborate and vote behind closed doors to design legislation that benefits the huge corporations funding ALEC. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life, and carry serious consequences for the American people bydisenfranchising voters, undermining environmental protections, scapegoating immigrants to profit from the private prison industry and defunding public education.ALEC Exposed, a project of the Center for Media and Democracy, has uncovered and analyzed approximately 800 ALEC “model” bills secretly voted on by corporations and politicians in an effort to reveal the undue influence major corporations hold, with the help of ALEC, in our democracy. Click here for more information.

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