I really don't want to believe the article (and the craptastic way it was written doesn't help too much), but if it is true then it is shameful. We would basically be talking about corporations finding ways to force indentured servitude on illegal immigrants if not outright slavery.
Dan Lambskin wrote:isnt this pretty much how politics works
The article glances over that in these sentences:
Asked if the private companies usually get to write model bills for the legislators, Hough said, "Yeah, that's the way it's set up. It's a public-private partnership. We believe both sides, businesses and lawmakers should be at the same table, together."
Nothing about this is illegal. ... Pearce may go there to meet with other legislators, but 200 private companies pay tens of thousands of dollars to meet with legislators like him.
I'm not a fan of corporations pushing legislation for their own benefit aside from it being in line with the idea of free markets and true competiton, but this seems a bit seedy. That said, unless people actually care about the law being proposed enough to vote it in on its merits, it really doesn't matter where the support comes from. The people made their own decision and have to live with it.