WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Richard Durbin is bullying 300 private companiesaffiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of their support of the organization, which has promoted stand-your-ground legislation in the states. Like another U.S. Senator, Joseph McCarthy, Durbin is planning to hold Senate hearings in September to interrogate ALEC and the NRA about their support for Second Amendment and self-defense laws in the states.
See: Durbin Calls for Hearings to Interrogate NRA, ALEC About “Stand-Your-Ground” Laws
From Durbin’s letter:
I write to seek information regarding your company’s position on “stand your ground” legislation that was adopted as a national model by an organization called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In 2005, ALEC approved the adoption of model ‘stand your ground’ legislation entitled the ‘Castle Doctrine Act.’ This model legislation was based on Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law, and it changes the criminal law regarding self-defense and provides immunity for certain uses of deadly force.
“Although ALEC does not maintain a public list of corporate members or donors, other public documents indicate that your company funded ALEC at some point during the period between ALEC’s adoption of model “stand your ground” legislation in 2005 and the present day. I acknowledge your company’s right to actively participate in the debate of important political issues, regardless of your position, and I recognize that a company’s involvement with ALEC does not necessarily mean that the company endorses all positions taken by the organization. Therefore I am seeking clarification whether companies that have funded ALEC’s operations in the past currently support ALEC and the model ‘stand your ground’ legislation.”