Hijacking the ship of state:
ALEC’s role in North Carolina makes it a target for critics, particularly the think tank’s cozy relationship with business interests, who play a prominent, but mostly behind-the-scenes, role in crafting legislation alongside the roughly 50 North Carolina lawmakers listed as members.
Sweet Baby Jesus. 50 members? That's a fricking caucus, and a powerful one at that. And when said caucus is engaged in (what should be classified as) criminally dangerous behavior, it might be time to ask the (US) DOJ to step in:
The asbestos measure is one example where a single company, Philadelphia-based Crown Holdings, pushed a model bill to exempt itself from liability lawsuits related to a former subsidiary.
The bill’s sponsor in the House, Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, a Charlotte Republican, didn’t return numerous messages. Sen. Andrew Brock, a Mocksville Republican who sponsored the Senate version, said a company lobbyist brought him the bill, not ALEC.
Bolding mine. Only in the mind of a shyster like Brock could that be considered a mitigating factor. The bill wasn't even whitewashed by ALEC, it came straight from a lobbyist, and the intrepid Andrew Brock signed his name on it and presented it as "the people's business".
There simply aren't enough ways to adequately describe how wrong this is, yet John Hood wants us to stop shooting "rhetorical arrows", and debate them on the legislation itself. So, who the hell are we supposed to debate? The lobbyists? Apparently they're the ones creating laws to suit themselves, and our elected officials are merely scribbling their names on the rancid documents. Insane.