Obama's Huge Opportunity To Expose the Extremist Machine

Two and a half years ago, I joined in what would become the successful efforts to create the Progressive States Network - an organization designed to both support progressive state legislators and fight back against right wing extremists that have used America's state legislators to manipulate public policy. As I had discovered during my years in politics, one of the most aggressive extremist groups that operates at the state level is called the American Legislative Exchange Council - or ALEC for short. It's a seemingly innocuous name, but as Progressive States detailed in one of its first reports - and as other terrific progressive organizations have detailed at length - ALEC is not an innocuous organization - it is arguably the most important legislative appendage of Big Money and right-wing interests in American politics. That's why U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) must reject ALEC's invitation for him to speak at its upcoming national conference.

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