Jane Carter is a labor economist working for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) government worker labor union. her research is on the prevention of privatization of public services and assets. She is known for her liberal ideology and pro union work, including outspoken opposition to the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network.
Carter works for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a labor union representing government workers other than teachers and a member union of the AFL-CIO. AFSCME is well known for its liberal views and support of Democratic Party politicians, spending over $8 million in the 2016 election cycle, exclusively to aid the election of Democrats.
According to her official biography, her work includes assisting AFSCME local unions in negotiations and debates over government policy in states and municipalities. Additionally, she monitors and tracks the financing of free market-aligned politicians and organizations. Carter has appeared on Kremlin propaganda organ RT (formerly Russia Today) with liberal talk-show host Thom Hartmann, and has served as a panelist on numerous television and radio programs.
In practice her work has taken shape in the form of leading attacks against groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). She has developed a reputation as the go to spokesperson for any anti-ALEC effort. She spoke at the 2017 Netroots Nation conference on “Dismantling the Corporate Influence Machine in the States” about anti-ALEC efforts and on at the 2014 Netroots Nation conference on “Stink Tank in Your State: Inside the State Policy Network (SPN)” on the State Policy Network.
Carter has been at the center of campaigns and protests against ALEC, including leading public protest marches around ALEC meeting venues like the 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
According to the Federal Election Commission, Carter has donated to many Democratic-aligned and liberal groups including Planned Parenthood PAC, EMILY’s List, the Kansas Democratic Party, and House of Representatives candidates Margie Wakefield (D-Kansas) and James A. Thompson (D-Kansas).
Carter graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelors degree in political science and masters degree in environmental policy. She has worked for Democratic Party candidates (most notably the failed campaign for United States Senate of former U.S. Representative Brad Carson (D-Oklahoma). She joined AFSCME in 2005 and has held titles including Strategic Analyst, Executive Director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees, and Assistant Director of Organizing and Field Services before becoming a senior labor economist for the organization in 2013.