Grijalva calls for action against Bundy, ALEC

grijalva phatArizona Congressman Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva  asked the Department of the Interior inspector general to assess potential lobbying disclosure violations by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), in his effort to target conservative legislators, private individuals, and policy.

Grijalva points to rancher Cliven Bundy and his public testimony, in which he said, “I must say that I am glad to see you people stand for state sovereignty today. [. . .] Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 321.596 states, ‘The State of Nevada has a strong moral claim upon the public land retained by the Federal Government within Nevada’s borders.’ Let us strengthen that bill and go on and claim this land and our sovereignty.”

As Grijalva claims in his letter, “The ALEC vision of state sovereignty trumping long-standing federal government efforts to manage public lands has already had tangible effects on Bureau of Land Management and other agency employees’ efforts to do their jobs. Examining how severe that impact has been, and whether ALEC is exerting undue influence on federal land management efforts, is well within the scope of [the inspector general’s] office. I believe a timely examination of these issues would serve the public interest.”

In a written statement to the Washington Post ALEC claimed that Rep. Grijalva is unable fairly to oversee his area of Congressional jurisdiction:

“This seems like high political theater on the part of Rep. Grijalva,” said ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling. State lawmakers have a clear interest in managing public land within their borders, he said. And Grijalva, as the ranking member of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on public lands and environmental regulation, clearly has an interest in maintaining federal control of such lands, he added.

“Mr. Grijava’s allegations are frivolous, fail to cite the regulations governing lobbying activity and are no doubt part of a long time effort by those who disagree with ALEC’s ideas to discredit the organization, rather than debating its proposals,” the group said in a written statement.

4 Comments

  1. I think ADI said it days ago – “Nevada first, AZ next.”

    Is anyone really surprised that Baja AZ’s own little Pancho Villa, co-chair of the House Communist Party Caucus, would be leading the charge against free Americans?

    God bless America.

  2. Does he not also stand with the clowns a biodiversity? If I remember right he does and as such has little if any credibility in his “powerful office” He is just another of the highly bought clowns claiming to be a ‘professional politician’ and who is more concerned with his own self as well as the gooming of his daughter to follow in his footsteps.

    Neither of these 2 should ever be taken as spokespersons for anything other than what they are. Highly paill shills for whatever cause they are espousing.

  3. I as a US citizen call for action against grijalva and his daughter. The constitution does read ” We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” does it not? Grijalva must go!

  4. If current Federal lands were to go to the State, or (horrors) to private citizens – the drug and slave runners would be seriously inconvenienced. The Grijalva arm of the Mexican Mafia would lose face; they were supposed to have things wrapped up nice and tight for the big dons down South.

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