Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Voting for ALEC in 2020? You are if you vote for LD11’s Vince Leach or Mark Finchem. Both are members of ALEC (American Legislative Executive Council). ALEC is an unelected, private organization that connects our elected legislators with corporate operatives to write corporate-directed laws for our state. ALEC uses elected state legislators to advance its political agenda without full transparency or public accountability. This poses a danger to our democracy.
ALEC promotes dark money, voter suppression, privatization of public schools and prisons and public lands, state preemption of local government, opposition to unions, opposition to the minimum wage, opposition to citizen initiatives and referendums, opposition to the Affordable Care Act, opposition to federal relief for states and cities during the pandemic and much more. Leach and Finchem are on board with ALEC’s agenda since as members they promote and oppose the same things.
Don’t take my word for it. Do your own research. Check your legislators’ records. Learn more about the danger of ALEC to our democracy online at the Center for Media and Democracy and click on ALEC Exposed and Source Watch. Click on the YouTube video of ALEC’s co-founder Paul Weyrich advocating voter suppression and read the book "State Capture" by Alexander Hertel-Fernandez. Protect our democracy. Stop ALEC in Arizona by not reelecting ALEC members Leach and Finchem.
It is time to elect new representatives to speak for “We the People.” Vote for Democratic legislative candidates who will be directed by Arizona citizens, not by a private out-of-state organization supported by corporate funding that peddles a corporate and far-right agenda. Vote for Democrats JoAnna Mendoza for Senate and Dr. Felipe Perez, M.D., for the House. Check out their websites at mendoza4Arizona.com and perez4Arizona.com.