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2013
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SECRET AUDIO: Missouri Lawmakers, In Meeting AT THE MISSOURI CAPITOL, Threatened With Loss of Donors if They Don’t Push “Right-to-Work”



Progress Missouri has released audio tapes taken from a Conservative strategy session held in the Missouri Capitol in which leaders of corporate front groups push for Republican lawmakers to institute a national “Right-to-Work” law. The speakers, which include Lew Uhler of the National Tax Limitation Committee and Jared Rodriquez of the Western Michigan Policy Forum, threaten stripping politicians of donors if they do not fall in line with the anti-worker agenda.

Big money coming in from “national sources” is promised as well as a pledge to help the lawmakers during reelection.

Among the highlights of the 1 hour and 20 minute tape:

-Fundraising threats to Republican lawmakers who did not support the organizers’ extreme agenda
-“Big money” coming into Missouri from unspecified national sources to finance anti-worker campaigns and candidates
-Strategies for conducting public opinion research to help hoodwink Missouri voters into supporting policies designed explicitly to shrink the middle class and increase corporate power.

Lew Uhler of the California-based National Tax Limitation Committee was quoted on the tape as saying,

“What you’re doing here, what you’re part of here, is a national movement, and you’re well positioned to keep this battle alive,”

The words act as further proof that the recent wave of “Right-to-Work” legislation is not the result of an organic movement of Americans but instead a direct demand by organizations like ALEC. Those who are unwilling to implement these anti-worker laws are openly threatened. As Steve Hunter, former state legislator from Joplin says,

“If you don’t take on the fights, and these guys that are giving money? I mean, this is just all basic 101. You’re going to start losing donors.”

The game plan is clear, push the laws we want you to pass or we will make the money go away. Do what we say and we will have your back. As one speaker puts it,

… we want to make sure your backs are covered when it comes time for re-election. And that’s where we come in. To have the groundwork laid for you. So your backs can be covered.”

Sean Soendker Nicholson, Executive Director of Progress Missouri said of the meeting,

Our legislators need to be listening to Missourians and solving Missouri problems, not following the orders of extreme billionaires and their secretive front groups. These bills are all about limiting the political voices of workers and the middle class on behalf of CEOs and corporations.”

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4 Comments on “SECRET AUDIO: Missouri Lawmakers, In Meeting AT THE MISSOURI CAPITOL, Threatened With Loss of Donors if They Don’t Push “Right-to-Work””

  1. I can only hope that this story gets the national exposure that it deserves. The working people of America are in a fight for our lives, and many of us don’t even know it.

  2. These people must be stopped before this country goes down the drain. The American worker deserves better. Big business doesn’t care about anything but it’s profit margin while families are tring to make end meet on dwindling income because big business has declared war on the middle class so they can have it all. It’s time to stand up to them and say no more.We need politicians who think of the people they represent instead of special interest groups who only care about their bosses!

  3. [...] The words act as further proof that the recent wave of “Right-to-Work” legislation is not the result of an organic movement of Americans but instead a direct demand by organizations like ALEC. Read the source story here. [...]

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