Voters may find 26th District state Rep. Jan Angel charming, but they should pay more attention to her performance as a legislator. She claims to be an advocate for families, education and women, but her voting record tells a different story. She has a history of putting the interests of her corporate handlers ahead of her constituents.
She claims she does not pass prepackaged ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) bills off as her own, but that is exactly how she got to be ALEC co-chair for the state of Washington.
ALEC owes its success at placing corporate special interest bills in legislatures across the country to operatives willing to sell their legislative services in exchange for contributions from ALEC’s member corporations. ALEC also wines and dines its operatives during expense-paid weekends at posh resorts, where they secretively meet with corporate lobbyists.
The Koch brothers (major funders of ALEC) have boasted that ALEC places a thousand prepackaged special interest bills each year in state legislatures across the country, and that 20 percent are enacted into law.
ALEC bills include those designed to suppress voting by minority groups, a bill to prohibit animal rights advocates from documenting animal abuse in the livestock-raising and meat-packing industries and (one of Angel’s favorites) a bill that would require drug testing of welfare recipients.
ALEC bills typically serve corporate interests at the expense of consumers and taxpayers. We don’t need an ALEC operative in our state Senate.