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Pennsylvania ALEC Politicians

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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.


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

This is a partial list of Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

Senate

  • Sen. Richard Alloway (R-33), ALEC State Chairm[33]
  • Sen. David Argall (R-29)[8]
  • Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20)[8]
  • Sen. Patrick Browne (R-16)[8]
  • Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18) - announced in May 2012 that she is no longer an ALEC member.[8] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Sen. Jacob Corman (R-34)[8] - announced in May 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member.[30] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Sen. John Eichelberger (R-30)[8]
  • Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-12) , Public Safety and Elections Task Force[34][4] - announced in May 2012 that "I have a membership with ALEC but because of concerns that have [been] raised by my constituents I will not be renewing it."[35]
  • Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-21), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member[36]
  • Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-10)[37][4]
  • Sen. Robert D. Robbins (R-50), ALEC's Thomas Jefferson Award-winner[38][4]
  • Sen. Leanna Washington (D-4) - announced in May 2012 that she is no longer an ALEC member.[8] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Sen. Anthony Williams (D-8) - Williams, who has used PA state funding for ALEC,[39] "vociferously protested being identified with ALEC," according to Keystone Progress. "As a staunch advocate for school choice, I’m often invited to attend and speak at myriad events, locally and nationally, held by those who share my beliefs and those who vigorously oppose them. I make no apologies for my views on choice, because a broad set of educational options is among the best hopes students have to attain the skills needed to be productive and competitive in a global, 21st century society. However, I’ve never sought membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council nor have I ever been a member,” said Williams. “Lastly, ALEC does not represent my values or beliefs” (emphasis added).[8] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more

Former Representatives

Former Senators

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 PA House ALEC Expenses 2003 - 2012, document obtained by Keystone Progress via Right to Know Law requests, May 2, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Pennsylvania Department of State, Search Results: Recipient Name: American Legislative Exchange Council, campaign finance reporting database, accessed July 28 2011
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 KeystoneProgress, "PA ALEC Legislators," research spreadsheet on file with CMD, July 28, 2011
  5. Michael Morrill, Rep. Matthew Baker Threatens Citizen Activists for Exposing His Ties to Corporate Lobbyists, Keystone Progress blog, August 10, 2011
  6. Rep. Steve Barrar, Bio, personal website, accessed July 28, 2011
  7. ALEC Task Force Packet August 2010, Common Cause, August 2010
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 8.20 8.21 8.22 8.23 8.24 8.25 8.26 8.27 8.28 8.29 Keystone Progress, Huge exodus from American Legislative Exchange Council is largest in nation, organizational press release, May 15, 2012
  9. Kevin Kline, Clymer: No Values On Environment, letter to the editor, The Morning Call, October 30, 1994
  10. John L. Micek, Sometimes, They Write Themselves, Morning Call Pennsylvania politics blog, July 2, 2010
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  12. American Legislative Exchange Council, State Chairmen, Official website, accessed November 4, 2013
  13. Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Legislators Bill Pa. $48,992 For Trip, The Inquirer, February 4, 1990
  14. 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
  15. Rep. Seth Grove, Legal Challenge to Federal Healthcare, legislator's personal site with link to ALEC, accessed July 29, 2011
  16. 16.0 16.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, American Legislative Exchange Council Communications & Information Technology as of July 18th, 2011, organizational meeting materials, obtained and released by Common Cause in April 2012, accessed May 2012
  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. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Pennsylvania Department of State, Expenditure Search Results: Recipient Name: ALEC, campaign finance reporting database, accessed July 28, 2011
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Keystone Progress, Thank your legislator for rejecting ALEC, organizational campaign website, accessed April 25, 2012
  20. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  21. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC Leaders in the States, leadership list archived by ALECwatch, 2002
  22. John Pippy, Sen. Pippy co-chairing legislator's group, press release, February 17, 2005
  23. Tracie Mauriello, Lawmakers got fewer gifts: State legislators received at least $67,000 in free items, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 15, 2010
  24. Daniel Denvir, Right Makes Might: Meet Daryl Metcalfe, the gun-toting, gay-bashing, tea-partying state rep who's taking over Harrisburg, Philadelphia City Paper, July 28, 2011
  25. Mark Mustio, Legislative Financial System - Expense Incurred, ALEC Membership Dues - prorated for 19 months, June 22, 2010, on file with CMD
  26. Patrick McAteer, In PA: The Battle Against ALEC Rages On, Politics PA, May 16, 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. Filing of Readshaw for Legislature, Report 2001, Cycle 7, Dues paid to American Legislative Exchange Council, 2/28/01 $50.00
  29. Stan Saylor, PA State Rep. Stan Saylor, personal website, accessed July 28, 2011
  30. 30.0 30.1 Keystone Progress, Whose side is your legislator on?, organizational ALEC membership listing, accessed May 22, 2012
  31. Daniel Denvir, A taxpayer-supported campaign against Big Government, Salon.com, July 28, 2011
  32. Laura Olson, Analysis finds state legislation copied from D.C. group, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 3, 2011
  33. American Legislative Exchange Council, State Chairs, organizational website, accessed June 9, 2014.
  34. Stewart Greenleaf, Our Attorneys: Stewart J. Greenleaf, law firm biography, accessed July 28, 2011
  35. Keystone Progress, 16th PA Legislator Quits ALEC, organizational blog post, May 19, 2012
  36. 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
  37. Chuck McIlhinney, Links, personal website, accessed July 28, 2011
  38. Senator Bob Robbins, Profile, personal website, accessed July 28, 2011
  39. PA ALEC Files, information obtained by Keystone Progress via Right to Know Law requests, uploaded May 10, 2012, accessed May 15, 2012
  40. American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  41. Robert Zausner, Taxpayers' Tab For House Members' Trip: $1,375 Each, The Inquirer, September 4, 1991
  42. John Pippy, Sen. Pippy co-chairing legislator's group, press release, February 17, 2005