Caught RED Handed: Undercover Video Exposes Georgia Lawmakers In Massive Gov. Corruption Scheme
A new investigative report, conducted by Atlanta television station WXIA-11 News, exposed a massive government corruption scheme when they gained access to a secret meeting at a Georgia resort hotel held by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
The team captured video footage of corporate lobbyists and lawmakers admitting that the legislators are paid by the lobbyists to attend the events.
During their investigation, reporter Brendan Keefe attempted to gain entrance to the conference but was summarily denied access by ALEC staff and was subsequently escorted from the hotel, where Keefe was a paying guest.
In the video, Keefe approaches the conference room and is blocked by a woman who closes the door to the camera. The woman tells Keefe and the camera-person to follow her away from the room, as Keefe asks if there are legislators in the room.
When he demanded to know why he is not allowed access, Keefe was confronted by Bill Meierling, an ALEC Director of Communications, accompanied by four sheriff’s deputies.
Keefe attempts to interview Meierling when he approaches, but the ALEC representative refuses and threatens to have the reporter “escorted from the building.” The fact that Keefe is a paying guest of the hotel is seemingly irrelevant when big business is attempting to conceal its incestuous relationship with government.
The lack of transparency should raise serious red flags. Why all the secrecy if there is nothing to hide?
Prior to the hotel confrontation, Keefe interviewed Georgia State Senator Nan Orrock, an ALEC member, who exposed the secretive activities taking place.
“[ALEC] is really a corporate ‘bill mill.’ I mean, they’re cranking out legislation and put it in the hands of legislators who go back and file it. … There are votes taken, that have the corporate votes, voting at the same table with the legislators on what bills to pick. That, at its core, just screams out, ‘inappropriate.’ … [Corporations] absolutely vote, and the truth told, they write the bills,” said Orrock.
ALEC is technically listed as a 501(c)(3) organization, for “charitable and educational purposes,” thus giving legislators a tax write-off for any funds received from the organization.
To provide a clearer example of this process, Keefe explains that ALEC will write a model bill, such as the Georgia Asbestos Claims Priorities Act, which effectively shields corporations from being sued by asbestos victims. The bill eventually presented was an almost exact duplicate of an ALEC bill first approved in a secretive closed-door meeting in a Las Vegas casino.
Unsurprisingly, the three Georgia Senators that sponsored the bill had received over $22,000 in ALEC “scholarships” to attend resort meetings around the same time the asbestos bill was initially being forwarded.
Watch the report below via WXIA-11 News: