“This week, a shadowy network of state-based, right-wing think tanks and advocacy groups will convene with Koch operatives and other big donors in Grand Rapids, Michigan to coordinate their 2016 agenda for all 50 states. The State Policy Network (SPN) is a network of state-branded groups, like the Civitas Institute in North Carolina and the…
All part of the plan –
In the face of declining poll numbers, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker jumped on the bandwagon, declaring that he too would dismantle the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” Even GOP presidential candidates who personally benefitted from birthright citizenship joined in. Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal, both of whom are American citizens despite being born to non-citizen parents, called for restricting the program.
How these candidates would undo 117 years of precedent is unclear: they would either have to amend the constitution, or appoint activist U.S. Supreme Court justices willing to reverse the 1898 court decision that found the constitution guaranteed citizenship to all children born in the United States.The American Legislative Exchange Council, or “ALEC,” adopted the same policy in a 2008 resolution.
Wisconsin Gov. and ALEC alumnus Scott Walker spoke to a packed room of national and local media, state legislators, industry leaders, non-profit members, and guests over breakfast at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council on July 23, 2015 in San Diego, California. Though he speaks for himself, independently of the positions of ALEC as an organization, we were happy for the opportunity to hear from a 2016 presidential hopeful.
More than 200 corporations and a quarter of state legislators belong to ALEC, where corporations vote as equals with state legislators on “model” bills before they are introduced in legislatures to become binding law. The group receives 98 percent of its funding from corporations like Shell Oil, Peabody Coal, and Altria/Phillip Morris, and from sources…