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RB_Capitol_Dome.JPGEver wonder how it is that the same bill pops up simultaneously in statehouses across the country? One way is through the work of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that promotes business-friendly model legislation for state lawmakers to introduce in their respective Capitols.

The organization known as ALEC gets the Bill Moyers treatment tonight during a free screening in Sacramento of the documentarian's investigation called "The United States of ALEC." The film illustrates how the group brings together corporate executives and state lawmakers to craft policies that benefit business.

"Politicians and lobbyists at the core of this clever enterprise figured out how to pull it off in an organized, camouflaged way -- covering their tracks while they put one over on an unsuspecting public," Moyers says in opening his piece.

He illustrates why ALEC has become a bogeyman for the left -- through its efforts to encourage free markets and limited government, while curbing collective bargaining.

The free screening is being put on by Common Cause, which has filed a federal complaint over ALEC's nonprofit status, alleging that it unfairly allows ALEC to avoid lobbying registration requirements. The movie shows at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento. A shorter version of the documentary is available online at this link.



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