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Until 2012, the American Legislative Exchange Council had nine task forces, each with a legislative and corporate chair.

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


Below is a list of each task force, its co-chairs, and its corporate and political members. Click on the name of the task force in the header for more detailed information about each task force.

Civil Justice Task Force

Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force

  • Co-Chair: Representative Dawn Pettengill (R-Iowa), Public Sector Chair[29]
  • Co-Chair: Emory Wilkerson, Private Sector Chair[29]; State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the largest seller of auto insurance in the U.S. It also sells property/casualty, home and life insurance. State Farm is also in the banking business with State Farm Bank offering financial products through State Farm agents, according to its Hoovers profile.[30] It had a net income in 2010 of $1.8 billion, up from $777 million in 2009.[31] Its CEO, Ed Rust, made $10.2 million in the same year.[31] Open Secrets' latest information about State Farm is from 2008. That year, State Farm gave a combined total of $4.1 million in federal and state political contributions.[32]
*Staff Director: Courtney O'Brien
  • Private Sector Members include:
  • Politicians on the Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development Task Force include:

Executive Committee

Subcommittees

  • Financial Services[41]
  • Labor and Business Regulation[41]
  • Transportation and Infrastructure[39][41]

Communications and Technology Task Force

  • Co-Chair: Representative Blair Thoreson (R-North Dakota), Public Sector Chair.[42]
  • Co-Chair: Bartlett Cleland (Director, IPI Center for Technology Freedom, Institute for Policy Innovation), registered lobbyist for the Technology Association of America, previously a registered lobbyist for the Information Technology Association of America and Americans for Tax Reform, Private Sector Chair.[42][43] The Institute for Policy Innovation is a Texas-based think tank founded by Dick Armey that Politico describes as "known for its economic analysis of pending and proposed changes in tax policy, with its emphasis on free markets, limited government, supply-side economics and dynamic scoring. IPI focuses on issues of taxation, technology, education reform, and government regulation."[44] The Center for Technology Freedom was created when Bartlett Cleland joined IPI.[45] On its website, IPI states that it is funded "wholly by contributions from individuals, businesses and other non-profit foundations."[46] According to its 2009 Form 990, IPI received almost $1 million in donations and foundation grants.[47]
  • Staff Director: John Stephenson[42]
  • Corporate members include:
  • Politicians on the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force include:

Subcommittees

  • Joint Working Group on 21st Century Commerce and Taxation[51]
  • Model Legislation Review Working Group[51]

Education Task Force

  • Co-Chair: Rep. Greg Forristall (R-IA), Public Sector Chair as of October 2012.[52]
  • Co-Chair: was Mickey Revenaugh (Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Connections Academy)[53][54], Private Sector Chair.[55]Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education LLC, a private school based in Baltimore, MD that offers free online public school through contracts with charter schools, school districts, or governmental entities. The contracted schools have a lower graduation rate than traditional public schools.[56] Sylvan Ventures started Connections Academy in 2001. The company started its first schools in 2001, and in 2004, Connections Academy was sold to Apollo Management, L.P.[57] Apollo Management "has some $68 billion of assets under management, spread among its private equity, capital markets, and real estate segments. It specializes in buying distressed businesses and turning them around and has had some of its biggest successes investing during economic downturns," according to its Hoovers profile.[58] Connections Academy cut ties with ALEC in 2012. See Corporations Which Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Co-Chair: was Senator David Casas (R-Georgia), Public Sector Chair as of April 2012.[55]
  • Staff Director: Dave Myslinski
  • Corporate Members include:
  • Politicians on the Education Task Force include:

Subcommittees

  • Special Needs Subcommittee[63]
  • Subcommittee on Science Fraud in the Classroom (or Subcommittee on Junk Science)[64]
  • Higher Education Subcommittee[65]
  • School Choice Subcommittee[65]
  • Working Group on Transparency (joint with the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[65]
  • K-12 Education Reform Subcommittee[66]

Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force

Past Chairs:

Subcommittees

  • Energy Sub-Committee (Chair: Rep. Tom Lockhart (WY))[84]
  • Environmental Health & Regulation Subcommittee[77]
  • Agriculture Subcommittee[85]

Health and Human Services Task Force

  • Co-Chair: Representative Leah Vukmir (R-Wisconsin), Public Sector Chair[86]
  • Co-Chair: Marianne Eterno (Assistant Vice President, Government Relations, Guarantee Trust Life Insurance), Private Sector Chair.[86] Guarantee Trust Life Insurance is a company based in Glenview, IL, that provides insurance to K-12 schools, community and junior colleges and universities as well as athletic groups, camps, child care, and special events. Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company is a private company and does not publicize its annual revenue. Its website has the following information: $190 million in invested assets, $177 million in total liabilities, $131 million in total reserve for life policies and contracts, and accident and health policies, and $42 million in net surplus.[87]
  • Staff Director: Christie Herrera
  • Corporate Members include:
  • Politicians on the Health and Human Services Task Force include:

ALEC Health Care Task Force in 1993

For reference, the National Task Force on Health Care in 1993 (when ALEC members fought Hillary Clinton's health reform effort)[93] included:[94]

  • Co-Chairman Rep. Tom Wilder (GA)
  • Corporate Co-Chairman Spencer Hathaway (Syntex Laboratories, Inc.)
  • Legislative Director Molly Hering
  • Legislative Assistant Barbara Perez

Executive Committee Politicians

  • Rep. Steve McDaniels (R-TN)
  • Rep. David Hale (MO)
  • Rep. Pat Blake (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Howard Hendrick (R-OK)
  • Rep. Dale Van Vyven (R-OH, deceased 2010)
  • Sen. Jim Neal (DE)
  • Rep. Karen Steele (VT)

Corporate, Trade Group, or other Group Members

Task Force "Advisors"

Legislative Members

  • Rep. Ron Johnson (AL)
  • Rep. Bill Filanle (CA)
  • Sen. Herman Holloway (DE)
  • Rep. David Thomas (FL)
  • Rep. Evan Frasure (ID)
  • Sen. Patricia Miller (IN)
  • Rep. Susan Stokes (KY)
  • Rep. William Constantino (MA)
  • Rep. Tony Onnen (MN)
  • Rep. Jim Barnett (MS)
  • Rep. Fred Thomas (MT)
  • Rep. Mary Holmes (NH)
  • Sen. Tarky Lombardi (NY)
  • Sen. Donna Nalewaja (ND)
  • Rep. Robert Netzley (OH)
  • Sen. Ron Peterson (PA)
  • Rep. Joan Quick (RI)
  • Rep. Walt Bain (VT)
  • Del. Steve Martin (VA)
  • Rep. Peggy Rosenzweig (WI)
  • Rep. Les Bowren (WY)
  • Sen. Jan Brewer (AZ)
  • Rep. Philip Pankey (CO)
  • Rep. George Albright (FL)
  • Rep. Anne Mueller (GA)
  • Rep. Donna Jones (ID)
  • Rep. Dolores Mertz (IA)
  • Sen. Gerry Hinton (LA)
  • Rep. Carl Gnodtke (MI)
  • Rep. Dorothy Cole (MS)
  • Rep. Bonnie Sue Cooper (MO)
  • Rep. David Humke (NV)
  • Rep. Nicholas Felice (NJ)
  • Rep. Theresa Esposito (NC)
  • Rep. Ken Svedjan (ND)
  • Rep. Mary Fallin (OK)
  • Rep. Donald Snyder (PA)
  • Rep. Edward Marrapese (RI)
  • Sen. John Holgren (VT)
  • Sen. James West (WA)
  • Rep. Gregg Underheim (WI)
  • Rep. Rick Tempest (WY)
  • Rep. Bob Watts (AR)
  • Sen. George "Doc" Gunther (CT)
  • Rep. Dennis Jones (FL)
  • Sen. Stan Koki (HI)
  • Rep. Manny Hoffman (IL)
  • Sen. Dick Roeding (KY)
  • Del. Martha Klima (MD)
  • Rep. Dave Gruenes (MN)
  • Sen. Robert G. Huggins (MS)
  • Rep. Mike Foster (MT)
  • Sen. Ray Rawson (NV)
  • Sen. Anthony Williams (NM)
  • Rep. Richard Morgan (NC)
  • Sen. Grace Drake (OH)
  • Sen. Bob Shoemaker (OR)
  • Rep. Dave King (PA)
  • Rep. Jack Harris (TX)
  • Sen. Steven Rees (UT)
  • Sen. Leonard Anderson (WV)
  • Rep. Frank Urban (WI)
  • Sen. Gail Zimmerman (WY)

International Relations Task Force

  • Co-Chair: Representative Harold Brubaker (R-North Carolina), Public Sector Chair.[99]
  • Co-Chair: Brandie Davis (Director of U.S. Affairs, Philip Morris International), Private Sector Chair[100]

Altria Group, formerly Philip Morris, is the world's largest tobacco company. In the U.S. it controls about half of the tobacco market. In 2007, Altria spun off its food division.[101] Altria Group's primary holdings until 2007 included Philip Morris companies as well as Kraft Foods (Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Maxwell House), which it spun off in 2007. Philip Morris International is an international tobacco company that has seven of the top 20 global cigarette brands. In 2010, it had a total revenue of $16.9 billion.[102] Its CEO, Michael Szymancyk, had an annual compensation of $24.1 million in 2010.[103]

  • Staff Director: Karla Jones
  • Politicians on the International Relations Task Force include:
    • Billy Hewes, III (R-MS), Former Public Sector Chair[104]
    • Curt Bramble (R-UT) (also on ALEC's Board of Directors and a State Chair)[105][106][107]
    • William (Bill) H. Payne (R-NM) (New Mexico State Senate Minority Whip, retired Rear Admiral (SEAL) in the United States Navy, former Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, U.S. Central Command)[108]
    • Roger Helmer (Member of the European Parliament representing the United Kingdom's East Midlands region), International Legislator member[109]

Subcommittees

  • Federal Relations Working Group[100]

Public Safety and Elections Task Force

The Public Safety and Elections Task Force was previously known as the "Criminal Justice & Homeland Security Task Force."[110] The task force was disbanded in 2012.[111]

Executive Committee

Subcommittees

  • Homeland Security Subcommittee[130]
  • Pawn Shop Subcommittee[130]
  • Sexual Predators Subcommittee[130]
  • Elections and Ethics Subcommittee[133]
  • Corrections and Reentry Subcommittee[134][135]
  • Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit[136]
  • Child Safety Subcommittee[137]

Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force

Subcommittees

  • 21st Century Commerce and Taxation Working Group[155]
  • Internet Subcommittee[138]
  • Tax Reform Subcommittee[138]
  • Tax and Expenditure Limitation (TEL) Subcommittee[138]
  • Fiscal Policy Reform Working Group[156]
  • Public Pension Reform Working Group[155]
  • Unfunded Liabilities and Public Pensions Working Group[157]

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