North Carolina 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 ExposedbyCMD.org site.

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

This is a partial list of North Carolina 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.

North Carolina Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Hugh Allen Blackwell (R-86), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member,[1] sought taxpayer-funded reimbursement for travel to 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Jamie Boles (R-52), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Bill Brisson (R-22), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Dana Bumgardner (R-109)[4]
  • Rep. George Cleveland (R-14)[5][6]
  • Rep. John Faircloth (R-61), ALEC member according to July 2013 email to constituent[7]
  • Rep. Destin Hall (R-87), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[8]
  • Rep. Kyle Hall (R-91), State Chair, Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[8], registered member
  • Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-110), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Chris Humphrey (R-12), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[8]
  • Rep. Julia Howard (R-79), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[9] , attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Brenden Jones (R-46), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[8], registered member
  • Rep. Jeffrey McNeely (R-84)[4]
  • Rep. Tim K. Moore (R-111), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member,[10] attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting,[3] sought taxpayer-funded reimbursement for travel to 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting; as House Speaker reportedly "wrapped up his chamber’s work in Raleigh a day early" to attend the conference[2]
  • Rep. Dennis Riddell (R-64), State Chair[11]
  • Rep. Jason Saine (R-97), State Chair, attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Tax and Fiscal Policy Subcommittee Meeting", "Workshop: Reducing Red Tape: Lessons Learned from Successful State Strategies", "Process Working Group", "General Session - Morning", "Communications and Technology Task Force Meeting", "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Workshop: Stop the Cancel Culture, Before it Stops You!", "Training: Digital Media: Applying Presidential Strategy To Legislative Races", "Training: Let's Talk About Workforce Development with Frank Luntz", "Jefferson Awards Ceremony" and "Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting"[12], attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[8], ALEC Chairman[13], 2014 State Legislator of the Year "for organizing a successful ALEC tax academy in North Carolina and for being a leader in advancing free market principles,"[14] attended ALEC 2015 Annual Meeting[15] and gave a talk titled "Utilizing Technology and Data Analytics to Promote Efficiencies in Government"[2]
  • Rep. John Sauls (R-51), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[8], registered member[16]
  • Rep. Carson Smith (R-16)[4]
  • Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-90), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[8],[17], attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting,[3] met with Mike Huckabee during 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. John Szoka (R-45)[16]
  • Rep. John Torbett (R-108), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Harry Warren (R-77), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Larry Yarborough (R-02), registered member

Senate

  • Sen. W. Ted Alexander (R-44)[4]
  • Sen. Rob Bryan (R-39)[4]
  • Sen. Matthew Todd Johnson (R-35), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[8]
  • Sen. Vickie Sawyer (R-34)[4]

Former Representatives

Former Senators

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Colin Campbell, "GOP legislators to be reimbursed for ALEC conference costs," News and Observer, July 27, 2015.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 Craig Jarvis, ALEC likes Tillis, Charlotte News-Observer "Under the Dome" blog, August 5, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Nick Surgey Revealed 2019 "Documented", accessed: July 2, 2020
  5. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  6. 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
  7. Staff of Rep. John Faircloth, RE: A Message From Representative John Faircloth, email to constituent, July 17, 2013, on file with CMD.
  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 Nick Surgey 2019 Annual Meeting Attendees - Legislators Documented August 2019
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 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
  10. 10.0 10.1 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
  11. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Google, signatory letter to Google, September 24, 2014.
  12. David Armiak, "ALEC Working in Partnership with Turning Point USA, Major Player in Capitol Insurrection", Exposed by CMD, January 13, 2021, accessed January 26, 2021.
  13. LYNN BONNER NC House member is next chairman of national conservative group ALEC News Observer, Dec. 11 2017
  14. REP. JASON SAINE AWARDED LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR BY THE AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL, NCPoliticalNews.com, August 4, 2014.
  15. Adam Lawson, "Saine named budget chair," Lincoln News-Times, July 20, 2015.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 Jamie Corey NEW ALEC MEMBERSHIP LIST NAMES MORE LEGISLATORS TIED TO THE GROUP Documented June 6, 2019
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 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
  19. North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, North Carolina Manual, state government political reference book, 2003-2004, archived by the WayBack Machine, accessed September 2012
  20. American Legislative Exchange Council Board of Directors, organization website, accessed July 2, 2011
  21. American Legislative Exchange Council International Relations Task Force, organization website, accessed May 27, 2011
  22. ALEC Task Force Packet August 2010, Common Cause, August 2010
  23. 23.0 23.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  25. 25.0 25.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Communications and Technology Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  26. American Legislative Exchange Council, International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting and Federal Relations Working Group, meeting agenda and materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD
  27. American Legislative Exchange Council, 35 Day Mailing - 2014 Annual Meeting, organizational agenda document, accessed July 2014.
  28. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  29. American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  30. David Armiak, "ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting Attendees and Sponsors Revealed", Center for Media and Democracy, July 23, 2020, accessed August 10, 2020.
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