July 22nd, 2011
(Fair) – This week on CounterSpin: You’ve probably never heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. So why do they have so much sway over the laws affecting your life? We may get some sunlight on the actions of this influential “public/private membership organization” with the release of a cache of previously secret documents on their work. We’ll hear from Mary Bottari of the Center for Media and Democracy about the ALEC Exposed project, and what it all means.
Also on the show: A hunger strike by California prisoners against what they say are torturous and abusive conditions has gotten little national coverage despite the grave charges, which have gained some support from independent experts. We’ll talk to Marjorie Cohn, a professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and a past president of the National Lawyers Guild.