Ronald Scheberle

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Ronald Scheberle, Executive Director of ALEC

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Ronald Scheberle was the Executive Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) from January 2010 through July 2014.[1] As stated in his biography on the ALEC website, "[He] is Chairman Emeritus of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board. He has been an active private sector member of ALEC for over 25 years, serving as Private Enterprise Board National Chairman from 1988 to 1994, and as a member of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board of Directors continuously since."[2]

To see a complete list of ALEC's staff, visit the the ALEC Staff page.

About ALEC
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Other Important Affilations

Bingham Consulting Nexus

Scheberle is also a "senior consultant" at Bingham Consulting Group.[3] Bingham Consulting Group is the lobbying arm of Bingham McCutchen, a global law and lobbying firm that represents corporate clients. According to the Center for Responsive Politics' Open Secrets lobbying reports, one of its main clients between 2007 and 2009 was the Prince Group, an entity that owns Blackwater USA, now known by many as Xe. Bingham Consulting paid Prince Group $240,000 and $280,000 in 2007 and 2008 for lobbying services.[4][5] Other important clients include or have included, according to Open Secrets lobbying reports dated between the years 2007 and 2011, Altria, ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, General Electric, the Asbestos Study Group, Microsoft, and and Pfizer.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

Bingham Consulting, on its webpage section titled, "State Strategy Practice," lists ALEC, Council of State Governments, and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation as "National Organizations of Interest to Our Clients."[12]

Bingham McCutchen LLP also maintains a PAC, which has in past elections given money to both Democratic and Republican candidates.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

The law firm of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman merged with Bingham McCutchen in 2006.[19] Their lobby shop obtained most of the same clients that Bingham McCutchen maintains today.[20][21][22][23]

Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman formerly owned, as its subsidiary, the Harbour Group, and in October 2002, the Harbour Group, Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, and Alexander Strategy Group joined forces.

Other State-Level Lobbying/Legislative Associations

Scheberle, apart from ALEC, also has served on the Board of Directors and/or Advisory Councils of the following groups: National Conference of State Legislatures, Council of State Governments, and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, and the State Government Affairs Council.[24]

He also worked with the Republican Governors' Association, Republican Attorneys' General Association, Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Democratic Governors' Association, and the Democratic Attorneys' General Association.[25]

Scheberle was a 2001 attendee of the Council of State Government's Committee on Suggested State Legislation Conference, which featured a series of conferences during which bipartisan panels of legislators from around the country co-convene with top-tier lobbyists and corporate representative and take up or down votes on "model legislation."[26] He was also a 2005 attendee of the Legislative Policy Conference, which is arranged by the State Government Affairs Council, but involves the Council of State Governments and ALEC, as well. The conference includes invitees from the state-level legislative world, lobbyists, and corporate representatives.[27]

Biographical Information

Scheberle graduated with a degree in Business Administration from American University in 1973.[28] Later that year he became Vice President of Governmental Affairs with GTE/Verizon, which is now known as Verizon Communications, a position he would hold for 30 years. In 2003, he left Verizon Communications and opened up his own lobbying firm, Scheberle and Associates, which still conducts business today.[29] Scheberle and Associates is located in Irving, Texas.[30]

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