Michigan ALEC Politicians

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This is a partial list of Michigan 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.

Michigan Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

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), State Chairman, 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. Mark Jansen (R-28)[10]
  • 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."[11] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Sen. Mike Kowall (R-15),[10] 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 Moolenaar (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), former State Chairman[12]; Civil Justice Task Force [13]

Former Representatives

  • Former Rep. Frank Accavitti, Jr. (D-42), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2008[2]
  • Majority Caucus Chair Dave Agema (R-74), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2008[2]
  • Former Rep. Fran Amos (R-43), registered for ALEC annual meeting in 2005 and paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2006 and 2007[2]
  • Former Rep. Richard A. Bandstra (R-Grand Rapids, 1985-1994, Michigan 3rd Court of Appeals through January 2003), Former "Public Sector Chairman," Civil Justice Task Force[14]
  • Former Rep./Sen. Patricia Birkholz,[15] paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[8]
  • Former Rep. Bill Caul (R-99), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[2]
  • Former House Speaker Craig DeRoche (R-38), paid ALEC membership dues in 2006 and sent three staffers to ALEC annual meeting in 2006 (for $1,200) with taxpayer funds[2]
  • Former Rep. Leon Drolet (R-33), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[2]
  • Former Rep. David Farhat (R-91), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[2]
  • Former Rep. Edward Gaffney (R-1), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[2]
  • Rep. Judson Gilbert (R-81), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 while a state senator[8]
  • Rep. Ken Horn (R-94), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011[2], Civil Justice Task Force member[16]
  • Former Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-90, now Michigan Congressman R-2), ALEC Alumni in Congress,[17] paid ALEC membership with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007 while a state representative[2]
  • Rep. John Jamian, currently Executive Director Port of Detroit. [18]
  • Former Rep. Jerry Kooiman (R-75), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[2]
  • Rep. John Llewelyn [18]
  • Rep. William J. Martin [18]
  • Former Rep. Kimberley Meltzer (R-33), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009[2]
  • Rep. Mary Ann Middaugh [15]
  • Former Rep. Tim Moore (R-97), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2007[2]
  • Former Rep. Tom Pearce (R-73), registered for 2006 ALEC annual meeting and paid 2009 ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds[2]
  • Rep. Andrew Raczkowski
  • Former Rep. Rick Shaffer (R-59), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[2]
  • Former Rep. Fulton Sheen (R-88), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2006 and 2007[2]
  • Former Rep. John Stahl (R-82), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2008[2]
  • Former Rep. John Stakoe (R-44), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[2]
  • Former Rep. Glenn Steil, Jr. (R-72), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[2]
  • Former Rep. William Van Regenmorter (R-74), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[2]
  • Rep. Tim Walberg, currently represents MI CD-9 in US Congress


Former Senators

  • Former Sen. Jason Allen (R-37), former State Chairman[19], paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2006[8]
  • Former Sen. Cameran Brown (R-16), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[8]
  • Former Sen. Valde Garcia (R-22), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[8]
  • Former Sen. Philip Hoffman [15]
  • Former Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R-30), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[8]
  • Sen. Dennis Olshove (D-9) [18]
  • Former Sen. Bruce Patterson (R-7), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009[8]

Former Politicians

  • Former Governor John M. Engler [15]
  • Former Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus [15]

References

  1. American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 Michigan House Business Office, "Vendor Activity Report: ALEC (Federal ID 2520140979)," on file with CMD, January 1, 2005-May 6, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jack McHugh, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Model Resolution Opposing Obamacare Exchange, organizational blog post, July 25, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 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
  5. Michigan House of Representatives, HB 4050, state legislation, passed January 18, 2011
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council, [http://www.commoncause.org/atf/cf/%7BFB3C17E2-CDD1-4DF6-92BE-BD4429893665%7D/tax_35-daymailing_stfs2011_updated%20Ohio.pdf – Full Name and Address], Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  7. American Legislative Exchange Council, [http://www.commoncause.org/atf/cf/%7BFB3C17E2-CDD1-4DF6-92BE-BD4429893665%7D/tax_35-daymailing_stfs2011_updated%20Ohio.pdf – Full Name and Address], Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Michigan Secretary of State, "ALEC Dues Processed during 2005 and after," on file with CMD, January 1, 2005-May 6, 2011
  9. American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  10. 10.0 10.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  11. Karen Bouffard, Many GOP-backed bills in Michigan copied from 'model bills', group says, Detroit News, August 13, 2012
  12. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  13. organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  14. Michigan State Court Administrative Office Judges of the Court of Appeals, government document, 2001
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012
  16. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Civil Justice Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  17. American Legislative Exchange Council, "House of Representatives," organization website, accessed July 2, 2011
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  19. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC State Chairmen, document exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011