Pat Nolan

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Pat Nolan is the Vice President of Prison Fellowship, a Christian prison outreach and criminal justice reform organization – he also lobbies for them, according to Open Secrets, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics.[1]

Ties to American Legislative Exchange Council

Nolan is on the Private Sector Executive Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. From 1978 through 1993 (when he "was targeted for prosecution for a campaign contribution he accepted which turned out to be part of an FBI sting. He pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering and served 29 months in a federal custody"), he was a member of the California State Assembly.[2] During this time, he was First Vice Chairman of ALEC's Board of Directors.[3]

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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, and check out breaking news on our site.

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  1. Center for Responsive Politics, Pat Nolan, lobbyist profile, accessed July 3, 2011
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council Private Sector Executive Committee, organizational website (, accessed July 3, 2011
  3. Ralph A. Rossum, Benedict J. Koller and Christopher P. Manfredi, Juvenile Justice Reform: A Model for the States, Claremont: Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the American Legislative Exchange Council, March, 1987, p. iv