Texas ALEC Politicians

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About ALEC
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 Texas 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.

Texas Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

Senate

Office Holders

  • Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian[3]
  • Railroad Commisioner Christi Craddick, spoke at 2019 ALEC Conference.[34] Spoke at 2013 ALEC Conference[35]

Former Officeholders

Former Representatives

Former Senators

References

  1. Kenneth Quinnell, ALEC's Really Bad Day, Crooks and Liars, April 13, 2012, accessed April 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 ALEC Action Open Letter to the Senate: Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh accessed April 2, 2019
  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 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 3.40 3.41 3.42 3.43 American Legislative Exchange Council State Legislator Letter: Don’t Restrict Free Market Enterprise Organizational website, accessed May 30, 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Texas Ethics Commission, Form T “In-kind Contributions or Political Expenditures for Travel Outside of Texas.” Campaign finance reports. 2006 – 2016, Texas Ethics Commission, 2006-2016.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 Texas Ethics Commission, [search for "Legislative Exchange" https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/], 2019.
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council Board of Directors, organization website, accessed July 2, 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Mark Lisheron, Corporate money from American Legislative Exchange Council members lifts Texas campaigns, Texas Watchdog, July 21, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 National Institute on Money in State Politics, Beyond Dinner and a Movie: ALEC Actively Courts State Lawmakers, organizational report, July 20, 2011
  9. Rep. Harold Dutton, Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report, July 1 - December 31, 2011, p. 7, accessed April 2012
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 MNDem999, ALEC - Losing the Love of Legislators, Daily Kos, April 19, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Texas Ethics Commission, [search for "ALEC" https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/], 2019.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Jamie Corey NEW ALEC MEMBERSHIP LIST NAMES MORE LEGISLATORS TIED TO THE GROUP Documented June 6, 2019
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, International Relations Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  15. Progress Texas, 12 Texas Legislators Cut Ties to ALEC, Most in Country, press release, April 25, 2012, on file with CMD
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Public Safety and Elections Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  18. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Public Safety Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  19. Brian M. Rosenthal, "King named chair of major national conservative group," Houston Chronicle, August 6, 2014.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 American Legislative Exchange Council, [http://www.commoncause.org/issues/more-democracy-reforms/alec/whistleblower-complaint/original-complaint/National_ALEC_Exhibit_4_TFP_2011_STFS.pdf – Full Name and Address], Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 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
  22. Rep. Armando Martinez, Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report, January 1 - June 30, 2011, p. 3, accessed April 2012
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  24. 24.0 24.1 Texas Monitor Texas Legislature Campaign Finance Reports 2006-2016, Compiled from Texas Ethics Commission, Accessed Mar. 25, 2019.
  25. ALEC, State Chairs, "ALEC", 2019.
  26. Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report, January 16 - July 1, 2009, p. 4, accessed April 2012
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  28. Rep. Phil Stephenson, RE: Records Request - CMD - April 1, 2013, email to the Center for Media and Democracy, April 1, 2013, on file with CMD.
  29. Rep. Hubert Vo, Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report, July 1 - September 23, 2010, p. 18, accessed April 2012
  30. ALEC ALEC-FreedomWorks Legislator of the Week Organizational website, Feb. 3, 2017 accessed Aug 12, 2019
  31. 31.00 31.01 31.02 31.03 31.04 31.05 31.06 31.07 31.08 31.09 31.10 31.11 31.12 Progress Texas, 10 TX Republicans, Last 3 TX Democrats Leave ALEC organizational website, August 16, 2012
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 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
  33. 33.0 33.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  34. @Alec_States Great opening session for #ALECinATX thank you to @SecretaryPerry @RepAlanClemmons @ChristiCraddick for opening remarks and great #alecideas Tweet, posted Aug 14, 2019
  35. RRC Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick Tells ALEC “Hydraulic Fracturing Responsible for Unleashing American Energy Colossus” Texas Railroad Commision, August 9, 2013
  36. 36.0 36.1 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.
  37. ALEC, Ellen Troxclair, ALEC, 2017.
  38. Todd Staples for Lieutenant Governor, [1], campaign website, accessed April 24, 2012
  39. Speaker Joe Straus, Sen. Kelly Hancock, Rep. Phil King, and Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, Invitation to Help Plan Texas Host Committee Kick-Off Event, letter on ALEC letterhead, dated before March 12, 2014.
  40. Forrest Wilder, Joe Straus Helps Raise Money for ALEC, Texas Observer, March 12, 2014.
  41. Texans for Joe Straus, Specific-Purpose Committee Campaign Finance Report, Texas Ethics Commission filing, July 15, 2011, p. 12.
  42. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Google, signatory letter to Google, September 24, 2014.
  43. 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
  44. American Legislative Exchange Council, State Chairs, organizational website, accessed June 9, 2014.
  45. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Google, signatory letter to Google, September 24, 2014.
  46. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Google, signatory letter to Google, September 24, 2014.
  47. American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  48. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report, February 29 - June 30, 2004, p. 14, accessed April 2012
  49. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report, July 1 - December 31, 2005, p. 30, accessed April 2012
  50. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report, January 1 - June 30, 2007, p. 5, accessed April 2012
  51. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report, January 1 - June 30, 2008, p. 13 (two entries), accessed April 2012
  52. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Campaign Finance Report, January 1 - June 30, 2009, p. 6 (two entries), accessed April 2012
  53. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Campaign Finance Report, January 1 - June 30, 2010, p. 5, accessed April 2012
  54. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report, January 1 - June 30, 2011, p. 3, accessed April 2012
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  57. 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
  58. American Legislative Exchange Council, Pawn Broker Subcommittee Conference Call, organizational meeting minutes, July 21, 2008
  59. ALEC 1995 SB
  60. ALEC 1995 SB
  61. organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  62. ALEC 1995 SB
  63. ALEC 1995 SB
  64. ALEC 1995 SB
  65. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
  66. ALEC 1995 SB
  67. ALEC, ALEC – FreedomWorks Legislator of the Week, ALEC, August 31, 2017.
  68. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  69. Todd Staples, Accomplishments, campaign website, accessed July 26, 2011