This is important, so I’ll
While the Koch Brothers were
wining and dining Governor Martinez and some big name Republicans here in New
Mexico last week, one group of New Mexico legislators were high tailing it out
of town for some wining and dining of their own.
The shadowy corporate
lobbying group ALEC held a closed-door convention last week in Chicago and this
week they sent an expletive filled public letter –supposedly signed by 300 ALEC member legislators
who attended the national ALEC conference -
to a US Senator trying to investigate their involvement in passing
“Stand Your Ground” laws in Florida and
pushing them on states like New Mexico.
But we got ahold of that
letter and a joint investigation by ProgressNow affiliates across the country found
more than 30 fake names and an expletive filled rant all passed off by ALEC as real legislators – all to
deceive the US Senate and us.
The national press is
already going after them for shamefully trying to mislead the Senate and the public, but here in New Mexico there is bigger news: three
more New Mexico legislators outed themselves as ALEC members by signing that
letter alongside the names of imaginary colleagues.
Which New Mexico legislators
signed this ALEC member letter?
- ALEC State co-chair Senator
William Payne (R-Albuquerque)
- Senator Lee Cotter (R – Las
- Senator William Burt (R –
- Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-
New Mexico is a target for corporations looking to buy our politicians
– ALEC is adding members and the Koch Brothers are setting up shop.
In just the last two
elections, we tracked more than $1,000,000 ALEC members gave to New Mexico legislators all
while pushing their corporate bills behind the scene (see
the full list of donations here).
Last week they held a big national convention in Chicago but the list of
legislators working behind closed doors with corporations was kept secret.
Common Cause New Mexico has
already asked our attorney general to investigate the secret ALEC “scholarship”
slush fund that sends these legislators to these ALEC outings but until he does
they keep using it to fund lavish trips like this for some speed dating with
big corporate funders.
The first thing we have to
do to take back our democracy is get our legislators out of ALEC.
Call these ALEC members and
tell them to DUMP ALEC NOW! Their numbers are posted at this link. They went
to the ALEC convention and sold New Mexico as open for business – we have to
welcome them home with another message.
We put their phone numbers online so you can call. Help us oust these Southern
New Mexico legislators from ALEC – call them, ask them about the companies they met with at the ALEC convention, demand to see the agenda (it's about legislation they will introduce), then tell them to DUMP ALEC NOW.
-Pat, Alex, Marsha, Nate & Rachel - the ProgressNowNM team
Last year when ALEC’s real agenda was
exposed, our own State Senator George Munoz answered our call and
resigned. “ALEC is not right for
New Mexicans,” he said. Now's the time to send the same message to these newly outed ALEC legislators.