Bill Moyers & Company: The United States of ALEC

Bill Moyers & Company has published an updated version of The United States of ALEC. You can watch it here:

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Bill Moyers has a great section on ALEC. His information is “mission critical” for anyone who cares about state level democracy. There are too many resources on his site for me to list here, but here are a few of my favorites:

According to Source Watch, here is the list of Michigan’s dues-paying members:

House of Representatives
Rep. Gail Haines (R-43); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[1]
Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-44), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011[2]
Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R-58), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force[3]
Rep. Matthew Lori, (R-59), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force[3]
Rep. Peter J. Lund (R-36); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and Public Safety and Elections Task Force[4]
Rep. Tom McMillin (R-45), sponsored 2011 HB 4050. Compare to ALEC’s “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act”[5]
Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-80); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[6]
Rep. Amanda Price (R-89); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[7]
Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-65), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011[2]

Senate

Sen. Darwin Booher (R-35), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 while a state representative[2]
Sen. Bruce Caswell (R-16), Health and Human Services Task Force[3]
Sen. Mike Green (R-31), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011[8]
Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-34), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 (twice) while a state representative,[2] Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member[9]
Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-29), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 while a state representative,[2] and in 2011 while a state senator[8]
Sen. Rick Jones (R-24), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 while a state representative[2], told Detroit News in August 2012 that he was no longer a member because “I thought (attending ALEC conferences) would be looked at by my constituents as a junket.”[10] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
Sen. Mike Kowall (R-15), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009 while a state representative, and in 2011[2]
Sen. Arlan B. Meekhoff (R-30), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009 while a state representative[2]
Sen. John Moolenar (R-36), Member of ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force[4]. Paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007 while a state representative[2]
Sen. Mike Nofs (R-19), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2008 while a state representative[2]
Sen. David B. Robertson (R-26), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[2]
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-20), State Chairman[11]; Civil Justice Task Force [12]

Visit www.billmoyers.com for tons of info on this topic.

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