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  • Actors: Bill Moyers, Kathleen Jamieson Hall
  • Directors: Adam Walker
  • Writers: Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
  • Producers: Public Affairs Television Inc., Sally Roy, Judy Doctoroff O'Neill, Judith Davidson Moyers
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AAN2460
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Moyers & Company presents “United States of ALEC”, an unprecedented in-depth television report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of us have never heard of – ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense.

Using interviews, documents, and personal accounts, the episode explores ALEC’s self-serving machine at work, acting in a way one Wisconsin politician describes as “a corporate dating service for lonely legislators and corporate special interests.”

In state houses around the country, hundreds of pieces of boilerplate ALEC legislation are proposed or enacted that would, among other things, dilute collective bargaining rights, make it harder for some Americans to vote, and limit corporate liability for harm caused to consumers -- each accomplished without the public ever knowing who's behind it.

"United States of ALEC" is a collaboration between Okapi Productions (the filmmakers Tom Casciato and Kathleen Hughes) and the Schumann Media Center, headed by Bill Moyers, which supports independent journalism and public watchdogs such as the Center for Media and Democracy, whose investigators are featured in the report.

Also appearing on the Moyers & Company broadcast is Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center and founder of FactCheck.org, who talks about deception and truth in the 2012 campaign.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fay E. Slater on June 5, 2013
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Moyers is always good. I was a little disappointed that he didn't name names or companies - actually I had heard of ALEC and wanted to learn more. This is a great film if you know nothing about ALEC
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. Leser on September 22, 2013
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This should be at all public places for people to see and recognize what their lawmakers are doing. A real eye opener.
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The film is excellent in exposing the influence of ALEC on state legislatures, and the extensive effect they have already had on legislation that threatens the well-being and freedoms of ordinary people. I did not give it the full 5 stars because it is 2 years old now and doesn't cover recent developments. Also, the jacket lists it as 57 minutes, but it actually only about 40 minutes because the remaining 17 minutes are devoted to another subject--the educational effect on voters' knowledge of issues of the 2012 presidential debates.
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Watching the DVD (2012 version) right now. it is excellent. a perfect companion for THE KOCH BROTHERS, EXPOSED!, also available here on Amazon.

What a pleasure to have a soft-spoken, serious Host, at the helm, instead of the usual.

Moyers also interviews Kathleen Hall Jamieson, who speaks of fact-checking which actually caused both parties to re-do campaign ads; of expectations in the upcoming concluding Presidential debate, in 2012.

(telecast June 21st, 2013).
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