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NYT: ALEC is a fraud on taxpayers

Posted by: Katie Gommel Today the New York Times calls out the shadowy corporate front group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on its tax-exempt status as a nonpartisan charity despite ALEC’s clear pro-corporate, anti-consumer mission. ALEC has been working behind the scenes for decades to push legislation with one clear purpose—provide immunity for their corporate donors by limiting Americans’ access to the political process and our nation’s courts. ALEC-sponsored legislation includes voter ID laws that disenfranchise whole groups of voters and laws that grant immunity to manufacturers of deadly products like asbestos and pharmaceuticals that harm and kill patients. AAJ...

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WHO’s Behind H.R. 4369?

ALEC and ILR have assisted the asbestos industry in covering up the dangers of asbestos, villainizing the victims, misleading the public with propaganda and working to limit accountability through legislation. H.R. 4369 is part of a campaign to let the asbestos industry off the hook by burying the system in paperwork and delaying justice until victims die: State legislation: In 2007, ALEC adopted the “Asbestos Claims Transparency Act.” This legislation has been introduced in OH, OK, LA, TX, and WV. Judicial Conference: On November 22, 2010, ILR made a direct appeal to the Judicial Conference to change the rules governing bankruptcy law. Federal legislation:...

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The Other Asbestos Victims—Spouses and Children

October 27, 2010. By Brenda Craig Chicago, IL: Attorney Michael Angelides believes that there is no foreseeable end to the number of victims of mesothelioma, a rare but always fatal disease caused by exposure to asbestos that fills the lungs with tumors and essentially suffocates its victims. The Other Asbestos Victims—Spouses and Children "The diagnosis rate for mesothelioma in the US has remained constant for years, and is projected to be constant for years to come," says Angelides, whose firm Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides & Barnerd has represented hundreds of clients affected by mesothelioma in every state in the US. "This was a 100...

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