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Virginia Progressive Caucus Statement on ALEC Print
For Immediate Release

April 18, 2012


Richmond, VA - The Virginia Progressive Caucus held a news conference today to highlight Virginia's involvement in ALEC and to call on the General Assembly to cease using taxpayer dollars to send legislators to future ALEC conferences.

Delegate Patrick A. Hope, co-chair of the Virginia Progressive Caucus said, "We are now learning that ALEC is a corporate-front group that is the ultimate "pay to play" organization. Those who can write the biggest check can get an audience of eager legislators willing to shop their corporate interest across the nation in the form of legislation." Senator Adam Ebbin, co-chair of the Virginia Progressive Caucus said, "ALEC provides an empire of powerful corporate interests a Petri dish--the state of Virginia--to test their far-right ideas."

Some corporations, such as Coca-Cola, Kraft, Pepsi, are just now realizing what their dues are funding and have decided to pull out of ALEC. Delegate Hope continued, "This is just the tip of the iceberg. Virginians should be outraged their hard-earned tax dollars have been spent sending legislators to ALEC conferences. I'm embarrassed that we as legislators and stewards of taxpayer dollars haven't recognized this budget item and questioned its inclusion."

Hope concluded, "Today, we are calling on Virginia General Assembly leaders to cease the approval of using taxpayer dollars to send legislators to ALEC conferences in the future." Senator Ebbin added, "It's time to pull the plug on sending legislators to ALEC conferences with Virginia taxpayers' money."


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