William (Bill) Raggio

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William (Bill) Raggio was a Republican state legislator of Nevada that represented District 3 (Reno) in the State Senate until his retirement in 2011.[1][2]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Raggio was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011.[3] He had been an ALEC Director since at least 1986.[4] ALEC named one of its annual awards after him, the "William J. Raggio Excellence in Leadership and Outstanding Service Award," which in 2011 was given to former Representative Dolores Mertz of Iowa.[5]

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 ExposedbyCMD.org site.

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  1. Bill Raggio, www.billragio.com, Accessed July 7, 2011
  2. Anjeanette Damon and David McGrath Schwartz, State Sen. Bill Raggio to retire before session begins, Las Vegas Sun, January 5, 2011
  3. Board of Directors, American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC.org, Accessed July 7, 2011.
  4. 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
  5. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011

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