Dolores Mertz has been a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives since 1988 and is also a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), having served as National Chairwoman in 2007. Former President George W. Bush stated that he “appreciated” Mertz's leadership in a 2007 speech to the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The Iowa legislature also passed a resolution honoring Mertz for her appointment as ALEC National Chairwoman.
In August 2011, Mertz was awarded ALEC's 2011 William J. Raggio Excellence in Leadership and Outstanding Service Award for having been a member of ALEC for a minimum of 10 years, having served in a leadership position within ALEC, and having made a "demonstrable contribution to the success of ALEC through advancing Jeffersonian principles, recruitment, fundraising, or other comparable activity."
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.
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- Dolores Mertz, Iowa Legislature General Assembly Profile, Accessed July 9, 2011.
- Dolores Mertz, Legislator Profile, The Iowa Legislature, Legis.Iowa.gov, Accessed July 9, 2011.
- , “President Bush Addresses the American Legislative Exchange Council, Discusses Budget, Education and War on Terror.” George W. Bush White House Archives. GeorgeWBush-WhiteHouse.Archives.Gov. July 26, 2007. Accessed July 3, 2011.
- Iowa House Resolution 11, The Iowa Legislature, Legis.Iowa.Gov, Accessed July 3, 2011.
- American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
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