ALEC’s Double Standard On Paycheck Deception

In recent weeks the Commonwealth Foundation has gone on the offensive on paycheck deception, arguing that workers have a right to control what type of causes their money supports. But when this same logic is applied to corporations, they cry foul.

In 2011, ten states considered bills that would have required corporations to get shareholder approval for political donations – the corporate equivalent of paycheck deception. A report from Missouri shows that ALEC lobbied hard against the bills, arguing that it would “undermine the very purpose of the First Amendment.”

ALEC argued that these paycheck deception laws for corporations would “deter [corporations] from participating in political debate.” ALEC also insisted that shareholders’ approval of political donations is unnecessary because “shareholders always have the option of voting out board members and removing management who engage in independent expenditures contrary to the interests of the company and its owners.”

Yet the Commonwealth Foundation will not admit that the same is true for unions – it’s the members who elect their leadership and determine the direction of the local.

ALEC even admitted that these types of approval schemes “place an onerous burden on these organizations, which serves as a barrier to free speech and is in violation of… the First Amendment.”

Pennsylvania’s labor movement is smart enough to recognize the obvious double standard in this message. It has never been clearer that paycheck deception is about one thing: silencing workers and their unions. That is why ALEC and other corporate groups support paycheck deception for unions – but complain about a similar rule for themselves.

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