South Carolina ALEC Politicians

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

This is a partial list of South Carolina 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.

South Carolina Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Carl Anderson (D-103), registered member[1]
  • Rep. Lucas Atkinson (D-57), registered member
  • Rep. Bruce W. Bannister (R-24), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member [2]
  • Rep. Micah Caskey (R-89), registered member
  • Rep. Heather Ammons Crawford (R-68)[1], Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Westley Cox (R-10), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Jason Elliott (R-22), registered member
  • Rep. Cally Forrest (R-39), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Russell Fry (R-106), registered member
  • Rep. Sandy McGarry (R-25), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in "Civil Justice Task Force Meeting", "Communications and Technology Task Force Meeting", "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz", "Workshop: Stop the Cancel Culture, Before it Stops You!", "Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting" and "Homeland Security Task Force Meeting"
  • Rep. Kevin Hardee (R-105), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Lee Hewitt (R-108), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Jeffrey Johnson (R-58), registered member
  • Rep. Steven Long (R-37), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Phillip Lowe (R-60) [4]
  • Rep. Dennis Moss (R-29), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Weston J. Newton (R-12) [5]
  • Rep. William E. Sandifer, III (R-2)[6], ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[7] and Communications and Technology Task Force Member[8]
  • Rep. Garry Smith (R-27), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Communications and Technology Subcommittee Meeting", "Tax and Fiscal Policy Subcommittee Meeting", "State Chair Meeting", "Process Working Group", "Workshop: Post-Election Panel: The Future of Energy and Environmental Policy", "General Session - Morning", "Communications and Technology Task Force Meeting", "Workshop: State Budget Reform Toolkit: Policy Best Practices to Help Legislators Navigate the Fiscal Uncertainty of COVID-19, ", "Training: TPUSA: Saving America’s Academic Institutions: One Student Regent at a Time. What They Are, Why They Matter, How You Can Help", "Workshop: Against Critical Theory’s Onslaught: Reclaiming Education and the American Dream", "Workshop: Stop the Cancel Culture, Before it Stops You!", "Homeland Security Task Force Meeting" and “Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting"[9], attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]; ALEC State Chair[10] 2014 State Legislator of the Year for "leadership and initiative."[11], attended 2020 ALEC States and Nation Summit where he participated in Turning Point USA training.[9]
  • Rep. Ashley Trantham (R-28), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Bill Taylor (R-86), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Federalism and International Relations Subcommittee Meeting" and "Process Working Group", attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3], received ALEC-Freedomworks legislator of the week award in 2017.[12]
  • Rep. W. Brian White (R-6), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[13]

Senate

U.S. Representative

Former Representatives

Former Senators

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Jamie Corey NEW ALEC MEMBERSHIP LIST NAMES MORE LEGISLATORS TIED TO THE GROUP Documented June 6, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 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
  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 Nick Surgey 2019 Annual Meeting Attendees - Legislators Documented August 2019
  4. American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  5. American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named EPA Letter for Senate
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 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
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Communications and Technology Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  9. 9.0 9.1 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. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "tp20" defined multiple times with different content
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  11. American Legislative Exchange Council, Rep. Garry Smith Awarded Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational press release, July 31, 2014.
  12. ALEC, ALEC-FreedomWorks Legislator of the Week, ALEC, August 10, 2017.
  13. 13.0 13.1 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
  14. 14.0 14.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012.
  15. David Armiak, "ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting Attendees and Sponsors Revealed", Center for Media and Democracy, July 23, 2020, accessed August 10, 2020.
  16. American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  17. 17.0 17.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational task force membership directory, June 30, 2011, p. 31, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  18. 18.0 18.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  19. Unite Blue SC, S C. State BaleRep. Jimmy C. Bales (D-80), told us today "I did not renew ALEC registration when received in April 2012" #sctweets #UniteBlue, Twitter feed, January 1, 2014.
  20. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC Board of Directors, organizational website, accessed June 19, 2014.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, International Relations Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  22. American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  23. American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  24. 24.0 24.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  25. 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
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named CIENOLA
  27. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  28. VickRep. Ted Vick, Ted Vick Resigns From ALEC, press release published by FITSnews.com, April 24, 2012, accessed April 2012
  29. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed June 30, 2011. This website has been altered by ALEC and is no longer available.
  30. ALEC 1995 SB