Ari Phillips: Inside, And Kicked Out Of, ALEC’s Secretive Policy Summit

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“Not a single item in ALEC’s agenda would reduce pollution or protect the environment. In fact, they all do the opposite.”

By Ari Phillips for Think Progress

This week the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive free-market lobbying group that brings together conservative politicians and major corporate interests, is holding its annual policy summit at the Hyatt Regency in the nation’s capital. On Thursday, ThinkProgress ventured down to the scene to try and get into the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture subcommittee meeting after being denied a media pass earlier in the week. Shortly after inquiring about either attending the closed-door meeting or briefly talking with John Eick, director of the Energy, Environment and Agriculture (EEA) task force — who was standing just a few feet away — ThinkProgress was ushered two floors up back to the lobby.

“I don’t know why some people…

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