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Connecticut ALEC Politicians

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For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Connecticut politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Connecticut Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

Senate

Former Representatives

  • Rep. Christopher Coutu (R-47); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[24]
  • Former Rep. William Dyson [25]
  • Former Rep. Norma Gyle, later became Deputy Commissioner Connecticut Department of Health. [25]
  • Former Rep. Bill Hamzy (R-78)[14]
  • Former Rep. John Harkins (R-120, now Mayor of Stratford, CT),[14] former ALEC State Chair[26]
  • Former Rep. Robert M. Ward (former House Minority Leader, currently Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles, as of 2012), listed in "1999 ALEC Leaders in the States" by ALEC[26]
  • Former Rep. Lenny T. Winkler [25]

Legislators Formerly Listed as Having Ties to ALEC

  • Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), listed as member of Education Task Force as of July 2011,[27] but according to ALEC only attended the one meeting;[28] not a member as of June 2013[29] or May 2014.[30]

Former Senators

  • Former Sen. M. Adela Eads (R), ALEC alumna[26]
  • Former Sen. George L. "Doc" Gunther (R) (state senator 1966-2006, died 2012), former National Director[26]
  • Former Sen. Kevin B. Sullivan, Lt. Gov. 2004-2007 [25]

References

  1. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Health and Human Services Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  2. ALEC Task Force Packet August 2010, Common Cause, August 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting and Federal Relations Working Group, meeting agenda and materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD
  4. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Health and Human Services Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  5. American Legislative Exchange Council, [http://www.commoncause.org/issues/more-democracy-reforms/alec/whistleblower-complaint/original-complaint/National_ALEC_Exhibit_4_CIED_2011_Annual_Meeting_New_Orleans.pdf American Legislative Exchange Council Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development Task Force 2011], Spring Task Force Summit April 29, 2011 Attendees, organizational document, June 20, 2011, p. 8, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  7. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  8. American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  9. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  10. 10.0 10.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Public Safety & Elections Task Force 2011 Spring Task Force Summit April 29, 2011 Minutes, organizational document, June 30, 2011, p. 5, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  12. organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  13. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  15. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Membership Directory, December 2010, obtained and released by Common Cause
  16. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  17. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Health and Human Services Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  18. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid, RE: the EPA’s plan to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, March 10, 2010
  19. American Legislative Exchange Council, Board of Directors, organizational website, accessed April 2012
  20. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Membership Directory, December 2010, obtained and released by Common Cause
  21. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Communications and Technology Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  22. organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  23. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Membership Directory, December 2010, obtained and released by Common Cause
  24. American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012
  27. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  28. Bill Meierling, Senior Director, Public Affairs, American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Rep. Gail Lavielle, June 3, 2014.
  29. Laurel Buckley, Corporate and Nonprofit Relations Manager, American Legislative Exchange Council, RE: ALEC Membership Status, email to Rep. Gail Lavielle, June 21, 2013.
  30. Laurel Buckley, Corporate and Nonprofit Relations Manager, American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Rep. Gail Lavielle (CT), May 29, 2014. "I have looked you up in our database and you are not listed as an ALEC member or as a member of the education task force."