But like most of its operations, ALEC won't talk about these realities in an open way. I tried at ALEC's recent Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, but ALEC staffer John Eick stood by his organization's reputation for secrecy and deflected my questions.
The question I posed references a debacle within ALEC's Energy, Environment & Agriculture task force meeting, of which Mr. Eick is the director. Wisconsin state Representative Chris Taylor was in the meeting--not as a politician carrying water for coal and oil companies, but as someone using her credentials to provide the transparency that ALEC won't. Writing for The Progressive, Rep. Taylor illustrated a rare debate within the ALEC task force that has made a mission of attacking clean energy incentives and taxing homeowners who put solar panels on their roofs.
ALEC's John Eick has referred to such self-sufficient homeowners as "freeriders."
Despite his suggestion that I arrange an interview at the appropriate time by sending an email, I have not heard back from Mr. Eick after repeated request for an interview.