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A year ago when I started this journey to document ALEC members – I was always frustrated.  My list of people affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) grew from 300+ a year ago, to 900+ six months later.  All this time I knew that their member list was much larger than that.  In the ALEC corporate recruiting brochure, ALEC tells corporations that they will have access to over 2,000 ALEC legislative members.

In August ALEC Exposed was launched and people from across the states began entering people with ALEC ties/affilations onto the site.  We got to see most of the ALEC legislation for the first time (I believe there are other pieces of legislation that we do not have.)

Going forward finding members may be more challenging.  In December ALEC scrubbed their webpage and their webpage is as sterile as possible when it comes to members - and ALEC still maintains they are not secretive.  On the other hand - if belonging to ALEC is such a wonderful thing - the people on this list should be thankful that their affiliation/ties to ALEC are known. (Based on my experience researching ALEC people - historically, they have a tendency to hide the fact that they belong to ALEC, rather than to acknowledge they belong to ALEC.)

Now a year later – I am able to give you the most comprehensive list of people affiliated with ALEC, ever published.

The List
Although the list is extensive – it is still incomplete.  I also believe that there are individuals in each state that are collecting the names and publishing additional state specific lists somewhere – but I can’t find them or give you that information.

The list comes from multiple sources
  State financial reports
  State campaign reports
  ALEC documents
  State bio webpages
  Miscellaneous webpages

The list is a composite of my list and the list from ALEC Exposed.  There were duplications between the lists - in cases like that I did not note the ALEC Exposed list.

For most of everything that I have pulled it has come from the web or from an ALEC documents.  The ALEC Exposed webpage shows the source for the documentation of the people that they have listed.  Editorial Note:  This diary is my sole authorship.  There was no collaboration with or cooperation sought from ALEC Exposed or the Center for Media and Democracy for this diary.  Basically, I stole the names off their webpage and combined the names with my list and then published the combined list so it would be available in one place.

How do people get on this list?
That question comes up all the time.  The most common are:
  They serve on ALEC task forces
  They have paid ALEC dues through their campaign finances
  They have self identified themselves somewhere , anywhere as an ALEC member.
  They have been shown as a signatory on an ALEC letter.
  They have been listed by ALEC as a member, in ALEC documents.
  They have been “outed” by a credible source, on the web.
  They have attended an ALEC meeting.
  They previously were employed by ALEC and now work in government.

Current Affiliations
This one is pretty evident – the main purpose for knowing the people who are currently affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council is to get them out of government.

We must make sure that all current government employees are not re-elected or not re-appointed.  

Some of the names on the list are candidates who ran for office and were not elected.  As part of their campaign expenses, they paid for an ALEC membership.  We must make sure that these people are not elected.

Vetting candidates
It is important in the upcoming elections over the next few cycles that all candidates are properly vetted in regards to ALEC.
They must be able to state that neither they nor any member of their campaign are currently ALEC members.
They must be able to commit to the fact that neither the candidate nor any member of their staff will join ALEC.

Past Affiliations
This may seem questionable to some – but it is as important as making sure that current members are not re-elected or elected.
   Past ALEC members are appointed to US government positions.
   Past ALEC members are appointed to state positions.
   Past ALEC members become lobbyists who have influence on your legislation.
   Past ALEC members become judges who have an influence on
      your justice system and decisions.
   Past ALEC members become regents of your universities who have
      an influence on the decisions made in relation to higher education.
   Past ALEC members serve on commissions that affect the running of your state.
   Past and current ALEC members are generational in some states
      – you need to watch what families believe in the ALEC political philosophy.

My belief
It is my belief that the only way we can destroy ALEC is to take away their membership.  The only way we can do that is to not re-elect or elect or appoint ALEC members or people who have ties/affiliations with ALEC to any government office.  If ALEC does not have any representation in the government – it will be more difficult, almost impossible for ALEC to introduce their agenda at the state and Federal levels.

If you want corporations out of government – getting ALEC members out of the government is a great place to start.

And Finally, Links to the List
For your review and reading enjoyment
3000+ names of people associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Two lists - cause Google docs couldn't upload one list in a timely manner.

Alaska through Missouri
Mississippi through Wyoming
Don’t Know About ALEC?
Some of you may think this is a stupid question – but you have to remember that when posting on Daily Kos – I am “singing to the choir”.

At OccupyMn I found people who did not know about ALEC and I also found people who had no idea what is happening in Wisconsin – just 30 miles away.  It is important for us to NOT assume that others know what we know.  It is important that we educate others – those outside of the DKos community.

The following reports are great state specific examples for the rest of us and hopefully they will serve as an impetus for others to do something similar.
Pennsylvania - Keystone Progressives wrote this report
Virginia Progressive wrote this report
Texas Progressives wrote this report
Minnesota - Report  by Common Cause
Arizona - Report done by PFAW and Common Cause

For more general information on ALEC –
read this or
read this or
read this

Or two videos you can watch (which I don’t know how to load on DKos.)

This is what ALEC is About  - An Interview with Mark Pocan about the ALEC Annual Meeting.

Or watch this news video from North Carolina on how other ALEC "model legislation" is going to screw the citizens of North Carolina - legislation introduced by ALEC legislators.

Originally posted to MNDem999 on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 10:24 AM PST.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  I couldn't get through the link for... (2+ / 0-)
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    GrumpyOldGeek, MNDem999 state (Texas), but I do have a question that I'm dying to get an answer for. Is my area's voter disenfranchising (yes, she did take part in authoring my state's voter disenfranchisement bill) state house member, Linda Harper Brown (TX HD-104) a member of ALEC?

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 10:32:34 AM PST

    •  Yes, Linda Harper-Brown is an ALEC member (1+ / 0-)
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      from a source other than ALEC Exposed.

      I spent a few minutes looking at her activities and history. She certainly has an interesting history, imo. Her reaction to the ethics complaints shows an astounding disconnect from reality. She reminds me of a couple of right wingers in my state.

      "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 11:53:04 AM PST

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  •  MNDem999. Great Diary, by far the most (3+ / 0-)
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    MNDem999, Jean Sloan, Hector Solon

    comprehensive list of ALEC members and former ALEC members (many of whom are governors (Kasich, Walker, others) or powerful members of Congress (Boehner, Cantor) and hold powerful positions elsewhere.

    It seems like once an ALEC member, always an ALEC member because none of the members, after they have become former members, ever see the light and quit advocating radical right wing ALEC positions.  It never seems to happen.

    ALEC and its affiliated 50 state network of radical right think tanks, bogus institutes, corporate funders, Koch brother connected foundations and the like has a Radical Right Wing plan in place to loot our states, take our vote away, restrict our freedoms in many ways, pollute our air, water, soil and heat the climate, limit citizens to prevent our day in court against those who hurt us, damage our investments, steal our retirement and home equity and so very much more.

    ALEC Owned and Dominated Radical Republican legislatures are looting our states, bankrupting our kids, restricting their right to a sound public education, working to incarcerate millions of Americans who don't deserve to be incarcerated and are sticking us with the bill.

    I agree MNdem999, it is time to end the ALEC reign of terror in our states.  Run the bastards out of office at the polls starting this November.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 03:37:26 PM PST

  •  Thank you for all you do (2+ / 0-)
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    MNDem999, Hector Solon

    You are amazing! I am going on the offensive here in Indiana and your list makes my job easier.

    Bless you.

    A - American L - Legislators E - Exemplifiying C - Corruption

    by Jean Sloan on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 05:38:11 PM PST

  •  thanks (1+ / 0-)
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    for getting this stuff out here. As always. please email it to local media outlets. I wish these hit the rec list more. Please keep up the awesome work.

    when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

    by bunsk on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 07:22:42 PM PST

  •  Glad to see (1+ / 0-)
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    that we continue to expose the truth about ALEC and to continue to inform the ill-informed.

  •  Outstanding... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... as usual on this.

    Have been adding MICHIGAN ALEC MEMBERS still on our lists as they come up.

    Arundel, John
    Bouchard, Michael
    Chapko, Cheryl
    Chisholm, Joseph
    Cisky, Jon
    Crissman, Penny
    Cruce, Douglas
    Dalman, Jessie
    De Lang, Walter
    Dillingham, Fred
    DiNello, Gilbert
    Dove, John
    Fessler, Richard
    Galloway, David
    Gnodtke, Carl
    Godlewski, Matt
    Goodrich, Timothy
    Gustafson, Dan
    Hall, Alfred
    Hill, Sandra
    Hillegonds, Paul
    Holland, Michael
    Jaye, David
    Jones, Brian
    Krzanowki, Karen
    Middlet, Thomas
    Nye, Michael
    O’Connor, Margaret
    Odrobina, Dianne
    Packer, Katie
    Packer, Lorinda
    Palamar, Joseph
    Profit, Kirk
    Saari, Norman (SR?)
    Sloss, Andrew
    Teske, Margaret
    Van Singel, Donald
    Voorhee, Harold
    Wetters, Howard

    Total Now of 144.

    Many of these are from dusty arhieves and such, but not all. See some hot names on the combined list that searched high and low on like Sikkima and Huizenga.

    Still no Michigan State Level Report... yet.

    People would like us to do it, but just not the time for that right now. Michigan is such a crappy State for this type of stuff. When are people here going to get their act together here? (Except Bruce he's on it). Get SICK of doing EVERYTHING... sigh.

    But MUST be done.

    99 you have done so much along all this way. Happy there are great American citizens still out there, like you, seriously, with real commitment.

    It's still important.

    For the occasional reluctant tweet

    by Hector Solon on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 02:23:18 PM PST

    •  Man... (1+ / 0-)
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      .... just going down this list... Flipping Kirk Profit and Van Single! boy o' boy... man.

      ...and remembering all the idiot crap some of these folks have done over the years.... errrrrrr. Just that is motivating.

      For the occasional reluctant tweet

      by Hector Solon on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 02:29:39 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for stopping by. (0+ / 0-)

        The excitement in your comments make me smile.  

        It gets tiring and awfully lonely out here.  But we keep on pushing.

        We can't do it by ourselves.  Hopefully others will join the battle - as far as I'm concerned and I believe you also - the ALEC battle is the main fight we have in the elections.  It's not about R's or D's behind people's names - its about ALEC members who are owned by the corporations.  ALEC members cannot be re-elected.

        Thanks! for stopping by and commenting.

  •  This smells like ALEC (0+ / 0-)

    Wonder if it was hammered out in Phoenix last fall?

    Attempt to criminalize tweets that solicit law-breaking fizzles in Oregon Legislature

    Oregon Republican Wants to Outlaw Online Organizing

    One of the sponsors is on your list. Let me know what you think.

    You can't change the world without conflict. -- Markos

    by ZAPatty on Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 03:28:45 PM PST

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