He's baaack: Former state Sen. Allen Kukovich, D-Westmoreland, returned to the public stage in wild-eyed fashion Friday last on the pages of the Toledo, Ohio, Block Bugler. He and Common Cause Pennsylvania boss Barry Kauffman ranted about the supposed manifest dangers of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC, as it's known, held its business meeting that day in Pittsburgh. The pair claim the group, which helps craft model legislation on various issues, is a threat to “democracy.” Frankly, Mr. Kukovich's liberal policy prescriptions were more of a threat to our republic than the libertarian ones of ALEC ever could be. [Bolding in original.]And this is the piece in the P-G to which our friends on the Trib Editorial Board point.
Interesting. They've obviously read the thing, right? How would they even have an inkling as to what Kukovich and Kauffman are saying? So imagine our utter surprise when the braintrust omits any mention of the pieces second paragraph:
This national organization has roots in our area. In the early 1970s, local billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife provided a half-million dollars to help start ALEC; the funds constituted most of the organization’s budget at the time.For those two or three of my readers who don't already know this, the late Richard Mellon Scaife owned the Tribune-Review - the very paper our transparency-challenged editorialists work for right now.
Why no mention of that?