Sunday, May 06, 2012

Revealed: Full List of ALEC's Corporate Members (and a Wyoming company is on it)

Common Cause has a full list of ALEC's Corporate Members (via AlterNet). Couldn't find the names of any Wyoming corporate members, but there are very few major corporations based in WY. The list shows that Cloud Peak Energy is located in Colorado. But that's not what it says on the CPE web site:
Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) is headquartered in Wyoming and is one of the largest U.S. coal producers and the only pure-play Powder River Basin (PRB) coal company. As one of the safest coal producers in the nation, Cloud Peak Energy specializes in the production of low sulfur, subbituminous coal. The company owns and operates three surface coal mines in the PRB, the lowest cost major coal producing region in the nation. The Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines are located in Wyoming and the Spring Creek Mine is located near Decker, Montana.
The company employs lots of people and sponsors worthy causes in the state. So why does it belong to an anti-worker org such as ALEC? Find out more about the American Legislative Exchange Council at ALEC Exposed. Here's a snippet from its site:
Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. In ALEC's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU?

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