Trump-fake-news-yellow-bg-950x108px.jpg

TechAmerica

From SourceWatch
Jump to: navigation, search

Learn more about corporations VOTING to rewrite our laws.

TechAmerica is a US-based technology trade association. It was formed from the merger of AeA (formerly known as the America Electronics Association), the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), the Government Electronics & Information Technology Association (GEIA), and the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) in 2009. The organization claims to be the "high-tech industry's leading trade association."[1]

Barlett Cleland and Connections to the American Legislative Exchange Council

TechAmerica is connected to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Bartlett Cleland, Senior Director of Policy and Commercial Sector Group,[2][3]is Tech America's representative to ALEC. Cleland is an experienced lobbyist; he was a registered lobbyist for ITAA from 2000-2004, as well as 2007-2008, before it merged with TechAmerica, according to the Center for Responsive Politics' Open Secrets Lobbyist Database.[4] Cleland also lobbied previously for Americans for Tax Reform.[5]

Through Cleland, TechAmerica is the co-chair of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force of ALEC. [6]

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.

References

  1. [1], "About TechAmerica." TechAmerica.org. Accessed July 6, 2011.
  2. [2], "Federal ICD-10 Subcommittee." TechAmerica. TechAmerica.org. Accessed July 6, 2011.
  3. [3], "Federal." TechAmerica. TechAmerica.org. Accessed July 6, 2011.
  4. [4], "Cleland, Bartlett." Lobbyist Profile. Center for Responsive Politics. Open Secrets. OpenSecrets.org. Accessed July 6, 2011.
  5. [5], "Cleland, Bartlett." Lobbyist Profile. Center for Responsive Politics. Open Secrets. OpenSecrets.org. Accessed July 6, 2011.
  6. Telecommunications and Information Technology, ALEC website, Accessed May, 2011
This article is a stub. You can help by expanding it.