Some Montana state Republican legislators and a TEA Party leader don’t want you to find out which companies are still standing their ground on “stand your ground.”
Rep. Dan Salomon and Sen. Verdell Jackson have signed a letter demanding that a U.S. Senate leader stop looking into the affairs of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The trio are outraged that labor leader Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, dared to ask a few ALEC members and donors for their views on “stand your ground” legislation.
Earlier this month, Durbin sent a letter to some of the corporations who are members of ALEC to ask whether they were still a supporter of ALEC and whether they backed “stand your ground” laws.
You see, Durbin, the Senate majority whip, is holding a subcommittee hearing to study “stand your ground” laws after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the trial for Trayvon Martin’s killing. The hearing is scheduled for next month.
Durbin says ALEC’s support was critical to Florida’s 2005 decision to pass the nation’s first stand your ground law, so he wanted to know whether ALEC’s members and funders changed their minds after the Trayvon Martin case.
This has apparently outraged these Republican legislators, who presumably don’t want you to have this information–even though several corporations have already made it known that they have withdrawn their support for ALEC after the Trayvon Martin case. As Mother Jones reports, Kraft, Intuit (Quicken), McDonald’s, Wendy’s Pepsi, and Coca-Cola are some of the companies that have dumped ALEC already.
ALEC the best known boilerplate bill factory in the U.S. It proliferates hundreds of right-wing bills for non-thinking legislators who take their orders from out-of-state think tanks instead of listening to their own constituents.