Jim Hightower | Billionaires Lay Siege to State Governments

Rise Up Times

While we’re mesmerized by Trump, shady groups are pushing corporate-friendly legislation in statehouses all over the country.

By Jim Hightower  Common Dreams  May 22, 2017
(Originally published on Sunday, May 21, 2017 by OtherWords)

Charles and David Koch. (Image: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc)

It’s easy to become mesmerized by The Donald Show in this year’s political circus.

But a lot of the real action is in the outer rings, where the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and their corporate cohorts have laid siege to our state governments.

It’s no coincidence that such a large flock of corporatists and right-wing ideologues now roost in state offices, nor that they keep pushing exactly the same anti-people rhetoric and tactics. Nor is their lockstep embrace of identical corporation-enthroning proposals the result of small minds thinking alike.

More than a firefight here or an ambush there, the Koch-ALEC cabal have launched…

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