Michigan ALEC Politicians

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This is a partial list of Michigan 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.

Michigan Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Julie Alexander (R-64)[1]
  • Rep. Andrew Beeler (R-83), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Opening General Session", "CARE Constituent Management Training", "ALEC Connect Training", and "Workshop: Growing Momentum for Personalize Health Care: Health Care Choices 2020"[2]
  • Rep. John Bizon (R-19), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Jefferson Awards Ceremony”[2]
  • Rep. Graham Filler (R-93)[3]
  • Rep. Phil Green (R-84), Chair of ALEC Agricultural subcommittee[4][3], attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Energy, Environment and Agriculture Subcommittee Meeting" and "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting"[2]
  • Rep. Matt Hall (R-63), ALEC State Chair, attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5]
  • Rep. Gary Howell (R-82) paid 2-year ALEC membership fees on December 18, 2017,[6] and on April 22, 2016;[7] Spouse attended August 2019 Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Steven Johnson (R-72)[1]
  • Rep. Sarah Lightner (R-65), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5]
  • Rep. Jim Lilly (R-89), ALEC State Chair, attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5], registered member[8]
  • Rep. Steve Marino (R-24)[8]
  • Rep. John Reilly (R-46)[8]
  • Rep. Andrea Schroeder (R-43), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5]
  • Rep. Scott VanSingel (R-100), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5], registered member
  • Rep. Pauline Wendzel (R-79), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5]
  • Rep. Douglas Wozniak (R-36),[3] attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[9]

Senate

Former Representatives

  • Rep. Fran Amos (R-43), registered for ALEC annual meeting in 2005 and paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2006 and 2007[10]
  • Rep. Richard A. Bandstra (R-Grand Rapids, 1985-1994, Michigan 3rd Court of Appeals through January 2003), Former "Public Sector Chairman," Civil Justice Task Force[18]
  • Rep. Bill Caul (R-99), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[10]
  • Rep. Triston Cole (R-105); attended "Intro to ALEC" breakfast in March 2015.[17]
  • Rep. Kathy Crawford (R-38) paid ALEC $375 from 2015-2017 for membership and events.[19][20][21]
  • Rep. Craig DeRoche (R-38), former House Speaker, paid ALEC membership dues in 2006 and sent three staffers to ALEC annual meeting in 2006 (for $1,200) with taxpayer funds[10]
  • Rep. Leon Drolet (R-33), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[10]
  • Rep. David Farhat (R-91), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[10]
  • Rep. Jerry Kooiman (R-75), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[10]
  • Rep. Kimberley Meltzer (R-33), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009[10]
  • Rep. Edward Gaffney (R-1), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[10]
  • Rep. Judson Gilbert (R-81), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 while a state senator[22]
  • Rep. Gary Glenn (R-98) paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on December 1, 2016[23]
  • Rep. Gail Haines (R-43); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[24]
  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-90, now Michigan Congressman R-2), ALEC Alumni in Congress,[25] paid ALEC membership with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007 while a state representative[10]
  • Rep. Brandt Iden (R-61), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5] registered member
  • Rep. Frank Accavitti, Jr. (D-42), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2008[10]
  • Rep. Glenn Steil, Jr. (R-72), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[10]
  • Rep. Tim Kelly (R-94); attended "Intro to ALEC" breakfast in March 2015.[17]
  • Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-44), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011[10]
  • Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R-58), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force[26]
  • Rep. Eric Leutheuser (R-58), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5]
  • Rep. Matthew Lori, (R-59), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force[26]
  • Rep. Peter J. Lund (R-36); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and Public Safety and Elections Task Force[27]
  • Rep. Tom McMillin (R-45), sponsored 2011 HB 4050. Compare to ALEC's "Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act"[28]
  • Rep. Tim Moore (R-97), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2007[10]
  • Rep. Tom Pearce (R-73), registered for 2006 ALEC annual meeting and paid 2009 ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds[10]
  • Rep. Peter Pettalia (R-106); attended "Intro to ALEC" breakfast in March 2015.[17]
  • Rep. Amanda Price (R-89); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[15]
  • Rep. William Van Regenmorter (R-74), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[10]
  • Rep. Brett Roberts (R-65), registered member
  • Rep. Rick Shaffer (R-59), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[10]
  • Rep. Fulton Sheen (R-88), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2006 and 2007[10]
  • Rep. Jason Sheppard (R-56), registered member
  • Rep. John Stahl (R-82), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2008[10]
  • Rep. John Stakoe (R-44), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[10]
  • Rep. Henry "Hank" Vaupel (R-47) paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on October 4, 2016[29]
  • Rep. Michael Webber (R-45),attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in “Civil Justice Committee and Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Subcommittee Joint Meeting", "State Chair Meeting", "Opening General Session", "Suburban Caucus Meeting", "General Session - Morning", "Workshop: State Budget Reform Toolkit: Policy Best Practices to Help Legislators Navigate the Fiscal Uncertainty of COVID-19", "Workshop: Against Critical Theory’s Onslaught: Reclaiming Education and the American Dream", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting", "Jefferson Awards Ceremony", "Friday General Session - Morning", "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting", "Friday General Session - Afternoon", and “Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting”[2]Attended 2019[5] and 2020[9] ALEC Annual Meetings; State Chair[8]

Former Senators

  • Sen. John Moolenaar (R-36), Member of ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force[27]. Paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007 while a state representative[10]
  • Sen. Mark Jansen (R-28)[30]
  • Sen. Bruce Caswell (R-16), Health and Human Services Task Force[26]
  • Former Sen. Jason Allen (R-37), former State Chairman[31], paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2006[22]
  • Former Sen. Cameran Brown (R-16), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[22]
  • Former Sen. Valde Garcia (R-22), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[22]
  • Former Sen. Philip Hoffman [32]
  • Former Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R-30), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[22]
  • Sen. Dennis Olshove (D-9) [33]
  • Former Sen. Bruce Patterson (R-7), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009[22]
  • Sen. Joe Hune (R-22)[8]
  • Sen. Darwin Booher (R-35), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 while a state representative[10]
  • Sen. Mike Green (R-31), State Chairman, paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011[22]
  • Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-34), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 (twice) while a state representative,[10] Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member[34]
  • Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-29), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 while a state representative,[10] and in 2011 while a state senator[22]
  • Sen. Rick Jones (R-24), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 while a state representative[10], told Detroit News in August 2012 that he was no longer a member because "I thought (attending ALEC conferences) would be looked at by my constituents as a junket."[35] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Sen. Mike Kowall (R-15), member as of 2017.[36][30] Paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009 while a state representative, and in 2011[10][8]
  • Sen. Arlan B. Meekhof (R-30), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009 while a state representative[10]
  • Sen. Mike Nofs (R-19), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2008 while a state representative[10]
  • Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-25)[37]
  • Sen. David B. Robertson (R-26), paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on July 13, 2013;[38] paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[10]
  • Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-20), former State Chairman[39]; Civil Justice Task Force [40]

Former Politicians

  • Former Governor John M. Engler [32]
  • Former Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus [32]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nick Surgey Aug 2019 "Documented", accessed: July 1, 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nick Surgey Dec 2019 "Documented", accessed July 1, 2020
  4. Robert Creenan, State leg. Phil Green appointed to chair of agricultural subcommittee, MySA, July 8, 2020.
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  6. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Committee to Elect Gary Howell 2018 Annual CS, $100 for "2-YR MEMBERSHIP FEE," Michigan Secretary of State
  7. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Committee to Elect Gary Howell 2018 Annual CS, $100 for "DUES," Michigan Secretary of State
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Jamie Corey NEW ALEC MEMBERSHIP LIST NAMES MORE LEGISLATORS TIED TO THE GROUP Documented June 6, 2019
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  13. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, CTE Dan Lauwers 2014 Annual CS, $200 for "CONTRIBUTION," Michigan Secretary of State
  14. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, CTE Dan Lauwers 2016 Pre-General CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP," Michigan Secretary of State
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  16. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Friends of Jim Runestand 2017 Annual CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP," Michigan Secretary of State
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  18. Michigan State Court Administrative Office Judges of the Court of Appeals, government document, 2001
  19. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Friends of Cathy S. Crawford 2017 July Quarterly CS, $175 for "CONTRIBUTION," Michigan Secretary of State
  20. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Friends of Cathy S. Crawford 2016 Amended Pre-General CS, $100 for "TICKET," Michigan Secretary of State
  21. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Friends of Cathy S. Crawford 2017 July Quarterly CS, $100 for "SUBSCRIPTION," Michigan Secretary of State
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  23. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Gary Glenn for State Representative 2017 Amended July Quarterly CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP," Michigan Secretary of State
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  27. 27.0 27.1 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
  28. Michigan House of Representatives, HB 4050, state legislation, passed January 18, 2011
  29. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Dr Henry Vaupel for State Rep Committee 2016 Pre-General CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP," Michigan Secretary of State
  30. 30.0 30.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  31. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC State Chairmen, document exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012
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  35. Karen Bouffard, Many GOP-backed bills in Michigan copied from 'model bills', group says, Detroit News, August 13, 2012
  36. [http://legislature.mi.gov/documents/2017-2018/michiganmanual/2017-MM-P0121-p0276-Chapter3.pdf Michigan Manual 2017-2018
  37. 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.
  38. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Dave Robertson for State Senate 2014 Annual CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP DUES," Michigan Secretary of State
  39. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  40. organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause