An important HuffPost report revealed how oil, chemical & utility lobbyists asked ALEC legislators to make a model legislation back in December, 2017. The reporter debunked examples of destructive activities that the industry tried to blame on nonviolent protest movements. An article by the Center for Media and Democracy confirmed that the American Petroleum Institute (API) is behind the legislation.
Specific supporters of Wisconsin’s legislation: (You can find the full list of groups that have registered in support and opposition on the state’s lobbying page here.
ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council is an organization funded by corporations that writes bills for their Legislative members to introduce around the country. Recent ALEC member companies include Koch Industries, Marathon Petroleum, Chevron, and major oil lobbying groups like the American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). That’s why there are so many bad bills that use the same language and pop up around the country.)
Big Oil, like the American Petroleum Institute and Marathon Petroleum asked ALEC legislators to create a model “critical infrastructure” felony bill in 2017.
These legislators currently or used to belong to ALEC and are sponsoring the bill:
- Sen. Van H. Wanggaard (R-21)
- Sen. Steve Nass (R-11)
- Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-84)
- Rep. Ken Skowronski (R-82)
- Rep. Ron Tusler (R-3)
Union Lobbying: the unions who’s members build oil pipelines are working hard to get this bill passed. Here are those who have registered in support of the bill.
Local trade unions are supporting the bill, at the behest of the American Petroleum Institute, because of an exemption from felonies for picketing. ALEC first took credit for a similar bill in Illinois earlier this year, the first state to employ a unions-vs-progressives strategy (see ALEC CEO update, Mar 2019, ALEC Energy task force update, Feb 2019)
- Construction Business Group
- International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 139
- Mechanical Contractors Association of Wisconsin
- Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin
- Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association of Milwaukee
- Wisconsin Building Trades Council
- Wisconsin Pipe Trades
- Wisconsin Laborer’s District Council
- Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
- American Petroleum Institute
- American Chemistry Council
- Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group
- Wisconsin Paper Council
- Wisconsin Utilities Association