Union: Trying to influence legislators is evil — unless it's us

According to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, it’s not just bad to exercise your First Amendment rights to influence legislators on public policy, it’s “evil.”

“Don’t Want to be Evil? Drop ALEC,” AFSCME proclaims on its blog.

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, works with state legislators to advance limited government and free-markets policies, which has made it enemy No. 1 for the left.

For The Record says: The center-right ALEC’s counterpart in this arena is the center-left National Conference of State Legislators started in 1975. NCSL was joined recently by a far more left-leaning entity — Progressive States Network (PSN) — started in 2006. PSN works with legislators to advance progressive policies. Working with legislators to advance specific policy goals isn’t evil, apparently, as long as you agree with them because AFSCME gave PSN $210,000 in 2013.