Jason Saine and the ALEC Emperor's new clothes

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Like other ALEC state politicians, Saine has done the bidding of the telecommunications industry by sponsoring a bill to create state authority to allow communications companies to install cell phone towers in public right-of-way areas, diminishing local control of this issue.

AT&T is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and had a seat on ALEC’s corporate “Private Enterprise” Board as of 2016. It gave Saine $3,500 in 2016 and for the last two years the telecomm industry has given him $20,000 altogether.

Ironically this is a little more than what he spent from his campaign funds on business suits. You read it right – he used campaign money, collected from lobbyists and PACs to buy a new wardrobe. His campaign finance report for the first half of 2015 showed his committee spending nearly $19,000 at a custom tailor and two retailers.

When the unusual expenditure hit the papers, Saine said this was a fair use of his campaign funds “When you’re short and fat like me, you can’t buy off-the-rack without paying many, many dollars in alterations,” he said.

Selling out your constituents in favor of corporate hegemony is not a laughing matter.

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