Friday, February 15, 2013

“The United States of ALEC” to be screened at Overflow Coffee Bar February 19, 2013

On February 19, 2013, Overflow Coffee Bar will host a screening of the documentary film, United States of ALEC at 7 p.m.

“Have you ever seen the show Millionaire Matchmaker? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has a similar mission but less style than Bravo’s Stanger. ALEC acts as a corporate dating service matching lonely legislators with corporate special interests,” this according to a post at the Overflow Coffee Bar’s blog.

The blog post goes on to say that “The American Legislative Exchange Council works like a political actions committee. They are a group of powerful corporations and politicians who presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. However, the documentary helps uncover the truth behind all of the hype, unveiling that the most influential corporate funded political force is only focused on increasing profits at the public’s expense.”

Representatives from the Illinois Chapter of Common Cause, a non-profit organization, will facilitate a post-film discussion. The mission of Common Cause is to make citizens’ voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

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Overflow has film screenings each month. A full calendar is located at Overflow’s Web site.

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