Welcome to The Humpday Hall of Shame – every Wednesday we’ll be high-lighting the private prison industry’s influence on public policy through campaign contributions, lobbying, and the revolving door of public and private corrections.
This week’s inductee is Arizona State Representative Debbie Lesko. Lesko, (R), District 9, not only serves the State of Arizona and her constituents as Vice Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and as a member of the Rules Committee, she is the Arizona public sector chairwoman of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). For those of you who are unfamiliar with ALEC, it helped author of Arizona’s SB1070, Arizona's tough new immigration law (read more at NPR
ALEC’s Board boasts members from Bayer, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Reynolds
, Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, Energy Future Holdings, PhRMA, Kraft Foods
, American Bail Coalition, Pfizer, Reed-Elsevier, DIAGEO, AT&T, Peabody Energy, Koch Brothers, Altria Client Services, Exxon Mobil
, Salt River Project, Amoco, Chevron, Coors Brewing Company, Shell, Texaco, Chlorine Chemistry Council, Union Pacific Railroad, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Waste Management, Philip Morris Management Corporation and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. Koch Industries has been a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council for more than twenty years.