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 ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board Chairperson & “Centerpoint360”

(Who??)

In a recent post, I put up some of the board members (Private Enterprise Board, and others) of “ALEC” the American Legislative Exchange Council. {pls. hover cursor for their “about us” History, which is significant} This is where corporations solicit — openly — American legislators (who sometimes get “scholarships” to attend!) and convene around initiatives, draft legislations, and then they get to go back home and pass the legislation, hopefully….

ALEC – American Legislative Exchange Council

It has a variety of Boards, Task Forces, etc.

About ALEC

I didn’t get to “profile” the corporation of the “private enterprise board’s” listed company, which was unfamiliar to me.  It’s called “Centerpoint360”  SourceWatch points out:


Centerpoint360 is a lobbying firm based in Greenwich, CT. According to its website, “Centerpoint360 serves as a complementary angle to the traditional government relations operations. We serve at the intersection of business and government in order to enhance a client’s ability to shape the debate as well as manage the legislative and regulatory processes.”[1]

The firm’s clients “include Fortune 100 companies with annual revenues in excess of $200 billion as well as not-for-profit and privately held enterprises, with clients in the consumer packaged goods, transportation, technology, supply chain & distribution, healthcare and sports marketing industries.”[2]

Support for the American Legislative Exchange Council

Centerpoint 360 President and CEO W. Preston Baldwin is the Chairman of the corporate (“Private Enterprise“) board for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011.[3][4]

A list of ALEC Corporations can be found here.

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy’s ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

More about Baldwin’s background, and Centerpoint360, from SourceWatch shows he formerly worked for “UST” (smokeless tobacco) which was just bought up by “Altria” formerly Phillip Morris.  which brings up another point — when companies get that much negative publicity, how hard is it to simply change the name, and continue in the same or similar line of work?  Seems to me it should be easy.

I learned on about October 23, 2012 that Phillip Morris ended up buying the largest US Food Company around, “General Foods” and merged it under the name Kraft.     I did this as a direct result of following up on one of the largest nonprofits in the District of Columbia, whose business is promoting vaccination in some of the world’s poorest countries, and whose present CEO used to work for a vaccination technology company.  Looking up THAT company, I found the co-founder of it got his background in Biscuits and Confectionary (i.e., sweets).  Looking up THAT company, I found out how Kraft  bought it out in 2010, and immediately closed a factory moving the operations to Poland.

Looking up the background of KRAFT, I found out it had just split off its food from its snacks business, distributing dividends (or however this is done) as recently as this past month! (October 2nd).  I am very interested in the history of market-dominating foods, which General Foods (began as “Postum” in 1893, Battle Creek Michigan) was.   It developed one product — a ready-to-eat cold cereal (you may have heard of Grape-Nuts) and focused early on and from the start on advertising and education.  From there on (raising cash) it started buying up other companies.  The rest is history.  and Philip Morris is part of it.

By consistently looking things up, we can get a better picture of how some of the major players in THIS economy (and on the globe) got themselves going.  I learned yesterday just how significant Oxford University (England, obviously) was in this mix.  You can too — it’s on the ColdHardFacts blog.

I didn’t know when publishing THIS blog (and the Philip Morris stuff) re: Centerpoint360 (a lobbying firm from CT with connections to ALEC, which has connections to the US Congress)  that the same company was so much into the US food supply.

Then, the next day (Oct. 24, 2012) I then noticed another page on a Catherine Austin Fitts site I’ve been working through (it’s a lot of material), and how the EU had made the connection between the cigarette industry and money laundering, plus the drug (or if you will, criminal profits from illegal drugs) industry.  A lawsuit was actually filed by several sovereign nations in the EU against a United States Defendant, RJR (RJ Reynolds, i.e., a tobacco firm).

This parallels with the situation of judges buying some real estate cheap, then it’s suddenly appraised high, and they are able to miraculously pay off one lien after another (were they real mortgages?) (whose money paid them off) totaling FAR more than a judge’s salary.  I heard of this, but to see it in a series of real estate deeds, compared to mortgages on the same, is a whole other matter.

It sounds to me similar deal here.  THis will not make sense (obviously) until a person has looked at some of the company’s histories and starts thinking in these terms.  That’s what I’m asking us plain old worker bees, life-long job-holders, to start doing — understand more than before about how corporations operate!   That’s WHY I’m laying this stuff out.

It’s not enough just to be a good guy, an ethical person.  Collectively, we need to acknowledge (see, when it’s happening under our noses) and respond to how the bad guys are operating!  Unless it’s OK to turn the world into a single criminal enterprise and just be extorted into oblivion or worked into lesser and lesser subsistence lifestyles, you can’t support your kids — you can’t fight to keep your kids — you can’t find justice, and eventually after enough years of this, you simply die.   Is THAT OK???

That’s why I “converse,” this information onto a blog, month after month….It’s not OK to keep playing ‘pretend’ this isn’t happening.      Behaviors need to change!   Self-education needs to become the norm; does the information make sense, is it verified — or does it make NO sense, and it’s not verified?

 

Note:  This requires attention and mental exertion called reading, and mentally sorting and filing what is read:  front-burner, back-burner, trash heap.  The reward of understanding comes later, not up front!

FYI, some of my most valuable finds came from noticing details that may not have seemed important on their own.  I don’t know why I focused on Philip Morris a few days ago, but here we are.  They were accused of RICO over here, and another cigarette company, and some brands it was associated with, has been accused of RICO by the European Union.

I suggest that when the European Union files a lawsuit, it may have some basis for doing so . . . . . And it went after a huge cigarette company.

RJR Nabisco

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  • RJR Takeover Wars – The Next Episode by Catherine Austin Fitts (Scoop Media, November 2002) The European Union Sues RJR Tobacco for Two Decades of Global Money Laundering for Colombian Drug Lords, Russian Mafia, Italian Mafia, Saddam Hussein’s Family & New York Real Estate Investors * * *

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October 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Get Smart about “ALEC” (American Legislative Exchange Council)! [Publ. Jan. 30. 2012, Re-formatted Mar. 16, 2022].

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Get Smart about “ALEC” (American Legislative Exchange Council)! [Publ. Jan. 30. 2012, Re-formatted Mar.16, 2022]. (WordPress-generated, case-sensitive shortlink ends “-ZG” | About 6,700 words  See my (new, 2018) Front Page to interpret “shortlink” if needed).


(**in 2012 I didn’t put dates on post titles, add short-links, or include post full titles (with dates published and shortlinks) within the body of the text, generally, use specified width (my default is “700px” FYI), or add borders to my posts.  I was self-taught at all points, still “going through it” in many ways, didn’t always have proper internet access, etc.  When I in later years run across some really early posts I feel summarize something well enough to re-post (or link to), I’ll go back and add this type of formatting.

This post, (reformatted March 16, 2022, briefly only) I’m re-posting because it references ALEC (I saw featured on an upcoming film in 10 Episodes based on New Hampshire corruption, specifically.  If people can comprehend what ALEC does, they should be also able to comprehend what many more nonprofits also do, by subject matter categories, to smooth out differences by states (USA) in standards, and — in the process — continue to nationalize things under state control — like these family courts.. I’d forgotten this post (I don’t often browse “2012” posts!) but it’s short enough I’m going to Tweet it.   ALEC is not the only one around — if what it’s doing is “bad,” by definition, others doing the same thing are also “Bad” — but certainly self-characterized as “good.”  Good or bad, they tend to operate tax-exempt (or below the radar), something we’d better start understanding.

This post (unlike most) actually has a comment (One person at the bottom, I replied, but please see as it deals with Jerry Sandusky (remember Pennsylvania Abuse scandal, the one involving him –not the Luzerne County “Kids For Cash” RICO ?)  charity). //LGH March 16, 2022. 


ALEC is, of course, a nonprofit.   I was surprised to see a photo of it on TV the other day, and attempted a short and sweet post on the dangers of allowing this level of private planning to write model legislation to be delivered to state legislators BY state legislators — who are a good portion of the ALEC membership.

One good summary of how ALEC operates came from another nonprofit** dealing with juvenile justice disparities; I researched this nonprofit and its background and got a good lesson in how & why the very real racism inherent in America’s Incarceration practices tends to lead to a conflicts between diversionary justice programs for youth, commissions and focus on “The African American Male” (etc.) – — and the fact that the fatherhood program as practiced in the custody system prejudices women of all color by definition, thereby breaking down whatever neutrality may have (potentially) existed in those courts.

[Update 2022:  reviewing my ten-year old post now, I”m thinking that the “another nonprofit” referred to (and shown below) was CJCJ.org, Based in San Francisco, and (according to the link) still operational.  I’m putting in two images (not in this post in 2012) just for a point of reference.  The concept of attempting to protect from DV (my theme) and the concept of trying to NOT incarcerate offenders, including violent ones, but direct into diversionary services, still remains an issue. In this post I also reference CCYJ (in Washington State, started and/or run by Susan Dreyfuss).  I’m really not sure which one I meant at the time…//LGH].

It’s a highly appropriate topic for January 16, 2012, Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  However, this post was too complex to post, really.  Even I hesitated to hit “Publish.”  It needed an introduction.

Today’s post may be a little different, and requests visitors to dedicate a little time to reading about ALEC.    It’s such a hard sell to get even parents with severe family court issues to consider even AFCC and CRC (for the most part) and how it ties into public welfare law (1996 and following revisions). . . ..

This would be far more important.  ALEC makes AFCC look like amateurs when it comes to pretenses, purposes, and intent to dominate the landscape for personal corporate profits.

At the bottom of the post, I’ll link to perhaps four links to “ALEC,” and save the narrative (plus more explanation) for tomorrow.

ReFLeCTiONs from Years of Tracking This Trail:

I usually am blogging about subterranean behaviors by nationwide nonprofits affecting, mostly, the family court system.  This is fairly specific and under-reported, but it turns out to be woven into the very fabric of of our country from top to bottom.

I simply looked and kept following the trail, which often led upwards to HHS and from there to “Institutes” “Task Forces” and “Think Tanks” — and naturally, it got round to the corporations funding the various studies.  I came to the conclusion that the entire “nonprofit” system was set up not to help the poor (which is probably what it was sold as) and for public purposes, but more likely to benefit the already wealthy, for tax write-offs, helping hide income, and influencing government favorably to accumulate more wealth and make sure that competition for jobs remains keen enough to keep wages down and profits high.

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