When you hear someone say “the corporations are in charge,” they usually mean something indirect: that corporations funnel immense amounts of money into state legislative, U.S. congressional and presidential campaigns (true) or that corporations send lobbyists to state houses and Capitol Hill on a regular basis to whisper in the ears of the politicians they’ve helped to elect (also true).
In a sign of how confident corporations are in their control of government, they’re stepping up their activity and writing legislation directly. ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council — is actually writing model bills for its pocket legislators to pass into law. 98% of ALEC funding comes from interested sources such as corporations, corporate trade groups, and corporate foundations. Corporations and corporate representatives sit on the committees that write these bills.
Thanks to the Center for Media and Democracy, you can read these bills for yourself. If they look like bills that are winding their way through Congress or your state legislature, now you know where they came from.