Cross-posting this time from Kos.
This just out from MediaMatters.org with the title “No Oxygen: Michigan Media Silent As State Passes ALEC Bill Limiting Compensation For Asbestos Victims“:
“Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) approved a bill that curbs the ability of asbestos-exposure victims to recover losses from some companies that are legally responsible. The bill was pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Crown Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 500 corporation trying to legislate its way out of compensating cancer and mesothelioma victims who were exposed to asbestos by a company it purchased. According to a Media Matters analysis, Michigan’s two largest newspapers, the Detroit Free Press and the Grand Rapids Press, have been utterly silent on the bill from introduction to its passage.”
Actually, not being on MLive.com means the story is not a multitude of Michigan media outlets, many of whom have yet to run only occasional stories on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) currently embroiled in controversy.
Last fall the ALEC Asbestos bill was submitted by crony capitalist Michigan Republicans AGAIN for the THIRD TIME. Here’s the timeline and docs:
House Bill 4601 (20112-12)
Sponsor: State Rep. Joe Haverman (Not yet a documented ALEC Member but close associate of Wayne Kuipers who was an ALEC member and submitted the same bill in 2005-2006)
House Bill 5167 (2009-2010)
Sponsors: Primary Mark Meadows (D-East Lansing) AND Tonya Schuitmaker(R) (ALEC MI State Chair)
Complete to 10-13-09
Senate Bill 591 (Substitute S-3) (2007-2008)
Sponsor: State Sen Wayne Kuipers
Passed by the GOP Senate
Data Submitted: June 2007
Date Completed: 8-13-08
Bill as Passed by GOP Michigan State Senate
Note: Kuipers was term-limited, confirmed ALEC member and still all-around troublemaker, Kuipers referenced ALEC in his publicly accessible submissions. Kuipers PAC very good candidate for NPR-style ALEC contribution tracing from that time period. This ALEC model was covered in our first MI ALEC investigation.
Michigan associated ALEC Corporate identified and documented so far by ALECexposed.org includes:
Amway (Alticor) (former but highly suspected as current)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
CMS Energy (Consumers Power)
Ford Motor Company
There maybe be more, nobody but ALEC knows due to the fact they do not release their membership lists of State Legislator or Corporations, Foundations or Associations belonging to the organization that is “ALEC-tro-fying” our Nation’s State Legislatures and State Laws.
Note: The Center for Media and Democracy corporate (corporations, associations, law firms, etc) members list is now somewhere around 406 now (less 11 this past week and a half), but the working list among researchers is at 671 corporations includes past and present – and companies that were major sponsors of ALEC annual conferences and events which costs about the same a formal ‘membership’.
The working LIST of MICHIGAN individual ALEC State Legislators, US Congressman and several non-political members (like Andrew Card) past and present is now over 150.
This time it’s the Michigan MSM that has been smoked.
RELATED: First State Level Investigation of ALEC in Michigan
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