Idaho ALEC Politicians

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This is a partial list of Idaho 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.

Idaho Legislators with ALEC Ties

U.S. Senate

  • Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) previously served as Governor of Idaho, and Lieutenant Governor. Also served as State Senate Majority Leader. [1]

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Rep. Michael Simpson (R-ID 2)[2]

State House of Representatives

  • Rep. Vito Barbieri (R-3A Dalton Gardens), paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on Feb. 26, 2018.[3] Attended 2012 ALEC annual meeting in Utah[4] and 2014 ALEC annual meeting in Dallas[5] at taxpayer expense
  • Rep. Scott C. Bedke (R-27A), ALEC Education Task Force Member,[6] paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on Mar. 15, 2018[7]
  • Rep. Brent Crane (R-13), paid for ALEC membership in 2007[8]
  • Rep. Gregory Chaney (R-10) Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[9]
  • Rep. Sage Dixon (R-1B), State Chair [10][9]
  • Rep. Terry F. Gestrin (R-8A), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[9] paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on Mar. 17, 2015[11] and on Apr. 16, 2017[12]
  • Rep. Mike Kingsley (R-6B) Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[9]
  • Rep. Tammy Nichols (R-11) Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[9]
  • Rep. Chad Christensen (R-32)[13]
  • Rep. Bryan Zollinger (R-33)[13]

State Senate

Former Representatives

Former Senators

Former U.S. Representatives

  • Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)[2]
  • Rep. Barbieri Vito (R-2A)[53]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Federal Relations: U.S. House of Representatives, organizational website, accessed December 2013.
  3. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2018 - 4-9-2018, Idaho State Rep. Vito Barbieri, Idaho Secretary of State
  4. 4.0 4.1 Betsy Z. Russell, Eye on Boise: Lawmakers bill state for conference costs, The Spokesman-Review, July 29, 2012
  5. Kimberlee Kruesi, "http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/05/11/3797745_idaho-lawmakers-spend-nearly-300000.html?rh=1," Idaho Statesman, May 11, 2015.
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  7. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2018 - 12-31-2018, Idaho State Rep. Scott C. Bedke, Idaho Secretary of State
  8. Idaho Secretary of State Elections Division, 2008 Candidate Expenditures, state governmental agency website, accessed December 2013.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Nick Surgey ALEC 2019 ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEE LIST Documented, Aug 19, 2019
  10. ALEC State Chair Organization site, accessed Sept. 2018
  11. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2015 - 12-31-2015, Idaho State Rep. Terry F. Gestrin, Idaho Secretary of State
  12. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2017 - 12-31-2017, Idaho State Rep. Terry F. Gestrin, Idaho Secretary of State
  13. 13.0 13.1 ALEC Documented 2020 "ALEC", accessed June 30, 2020
  14. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2015 - 12-31-2015, Idaho State Sen. Bert Brackett, Idaho Secretary of State
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Idaho Secretary of State Election Division, 2012 Candidate Expenditures, state governmental agency website, accessed December 2013.
  16. Campaign Finance Disclosure Report 1-1-2014 - 5-6-2014, Idaho Sen. Lee Heider, Idaho Secretary of State
  17. Campaign Finance Disclosure Report 1-1-2018 - 4-29-2018, Idaho Sen. Lee Heider, Idaho Secretary of State
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  19. 19.0 19.1 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
  20. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  21. 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
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Dan Popkey, Idaho lawmakers in Salt Lake this week for ALEC conference, including defeated Rep. Hart, Idaho Statesman, "Idaho Politics" blog, July 24, 2012
  23. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2013 - 12-31-2013, Idaho State Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, Idaho Secretary of State
  24. American Legislative Exchange Council, Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, State Chairs, organizational website, accessed March 25, 2014.
  26. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Communications and Technology Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  27. 2012 Campaign Expenditures database, Idaho Secretary of State, accessed Feb. 18, 2019
  28. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2015 - 12-31-2015, Idaho State Sen. Jim Patrick, Idaho Secretary of State
  29. ALEC State Chair Organization site, accessed Sept. 2018
  30. Campaign Finance Report 10-20-2014 - 11-14-2014, Idaho State Sen. Steve Vick, Idaho Secretary of State
  31. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  32. 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
  33. Idaho Secretary of State Election Division, 2010 Candidate Expenditures, state governmental agency website, accessed December 2013.
  34. 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
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  36. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC State Chairmen, document exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  37. American Legislative Exchange Council, Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  38. 2012 Campaign Expenditures database, Idaho Secretary of State, accessed Feb. 18, 2019
  39. 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
  40. Campaign Finance Report 10-21-2002 - 11-15-2002, Idaho State Rep. Maxine T. Bell, Idaho Secretary of State
  41. Candidate Expenditures 2018, Idaho Secretary of State, accessed Feb. 18, 2019
  42. Campaign Finance Report 10-20-2014 - 11-14-2014, Idaho State Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Idaho Secretary of State
  43. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2013 - 12-31-2013, Idaho State Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Idaho Secretary of State
  44. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2009 - 12-31-2009, Idaho State Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Idaho Secretary of State
  45. ALEC, State and Local Legislators Urge Congress to Eliminate State and Local Tax Deduction in Exchange for Pro-Growth Lower Rates, ALEC, October 16, 2017.
  46. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational task force membership directory, June 30, 2011, p. 31, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  47. American Legislative Exchange Council, Rep. Jeff Thompson Awarded State Chair of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational press release, August 1, 2014.
  48. American Legislative Exchange Council, Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  49. ALEC Task Force Packet August 2010, Common Cause, August 2010
  50. American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  51. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  52. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  53. Jamie Corey NEW ALEC MEMBERSHIP LIST NAMES MORE LEGISLATORS TIED TO THE GROUP Documented June 6, 2019