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Arizona 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 PRWatch.org site.

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

This is a partial list of Arizona 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.

Arizona Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. John Allen, Majority Leader (R-15) 2019 Arizona State Chair[1][2]
  • Rep. Nancy Barto (R-15), Health and Human Services Task Force[3]
  • Rep. Russel Bowers (R-25), Received a $10,000 scholarship from Reynolds to attend 2018 ALEC Annual Meeting[4]
  • Rep. Noel Campbell (R-01), attended 2018 ALEC Annual Meeting[5]
  • Rep. Regina Cobb (R-5), attended 2018 ALEC annual meeting[6]
  • Rep. Mark Finchem (R-11)[7]
  • Rep. Travis Grantham (R-12)[7]
  • Rep. Gail Griffin (R-14); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[3]
  • Rep. John Kavanagh (R-23); attended 2018 ALEC Annual Meeting.[6]
  • Rep. Anthony T. Kern (R-20)[7]
  • Rep. Jay Lawrence (R-23)[1]
  • Rep. Becky Nutt (R-14)[7]
  • Rep. Kevin Payne (R-21)[7]
  • Rep. Tony Rivero (R-21), attended 2018 ALEC annual meeting[6]
  • Rep. Bob Thorpe (R-6), received ALEC "scholarship" funds in 2012[8] and 2013,[9] spotted at ALEC fundraising dinner in March 2014[10]
  • Rep. Ben Toma (R-22)[7]
  • Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-16)[11]
  • Rep. Jeff Weninger (R-17), registered member

Senate

Arizona State Treasurer

Office of the Courts

  • Jerry Landau, Government Affairs Director, "ALEC Government/Legislative Staff"[13]

Phoenix City Council

  • Councilman Sal DiCiccio (District 6)[17]

Buckeye City Council

  • Councilman Patrick HagEstad, City Council District 4, "ACCE Elected Official Non-Member" [13]

Former Representatives

Former Senators

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, email obtained from an Open Records Request, on file with CMD, 2016.
  2. ALEC State Chairs organizational website, accessed April 3, 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 3.44 3.45 3.46 People for the American Way Foundation and Common Cause, ALEC in Arizona, organizational report, November 28, 2011, pp. 5-6
  4. Don Isaacson, [email on file with CMD], Don Isaacson, July 3, 2018.
  5. Noel Campbell, [email on file with CMD], Noel Campbell, June 12, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Nancy Barto, [email to Arizona ALEC members for dinner plans on file at CMD], Nancy Barto, August 9, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Arizona House Members Attending 2017 ALEC Annual Meeting,Twitter, July 20, 2017.
  8. Rep. Bob Thorpe, 2012 Financial Disclosure Statement, form filed with the Arizona Secretary of State, January 30, 2013.
  9. Rep. Bob Thorpe, 2013 Financial Disclosure Statement, form filed with the Arizona Secretary of State, January 29, 2014.
  10. ProgressNow Arizona, Hidden-Camera Investigation Shows ALEC Wining & Dining Arizona Politicians (video), organizational press release, March 26, 2014.
  11. ALEC, State Legislator of the Week: Defending and Protecting our Constitution, ALEC, February 5, 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Google, organizational letter with legislative member signatories, September 24, 2014.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Melissa Taylor, [Melissa Taylor email to Karen Fann On File at CMD], Arizona ALEC List, July 27, 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 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
  15. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, [email on file at CMD], Michelle Ugenti-Rita, June 12, 2018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  17. 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.
  18. Drew John, [Email on file with CMD], Drew John, June 26, 2018.
  19. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, International Relations Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  20. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational task force membership directory, March 31st, 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause 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. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  25. Arizona Citizens' Clean Elections Commission, Lori S. Daniels, governmental biography, accessed November 2012
  26. Helen Purcell, Maricopa County Recorder, Election Results: Judges/JP's/Constables, government election results website, updated November 13, 2012.
  27. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  28. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Communications and Technology Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  29. attended ALEC 2017 Annual Meeting, Arizona legislators attend conference with help from corporations that lobby them at home, AZ Central, July 23, 2017.
  30. 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
  31. Adam Driggs Adam Driggs Arizona Senate, online profile, accessed June 11, 2011
  32. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting," agenda and meeting materials, August 5, 2011, on file with CMD
  33. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC State Chairmen, document exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  34. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC Board of Directors, document exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  35. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named IRMeetingAgenda
  36. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Packet, organizational document, August 2010, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  37. American Legislative Exchange Council Public Sector Executive Committee, organization website, accessed June 2, 2011. This website has been altered by ALEC. An archived version from April 9, 2011 is available here.
  38. Brendan Fischer, Arizona Senator Recalled over ALEC Immigration Bill, PRWatch.org, November 9, 2011
  39. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause