Friday, March 4, 2011

Who's Koch's (ALEC's) Entourage in the US House and Senate

this is a really old post - please read this one instead.

ALEC "Alumni"*
Over 2,000 State Legislators are members of ALEC.  
117 members of the US House and Senate are “Alumni” of ALEC.
13 Members of the U.S. Senate
106 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID)
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO)
Sen Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Sen. James Talent (R-Mo)
13 US Senators

U.S. House of Representatives
Adam Putnam (R-FL)
Adrian Smith (R-NE)
Adrian Smith (R-NE)
Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)
Andy Harris (R-MD)
Austin Scott (R-GA)
Barbara Cubin (R-WY)
Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
Bill Posey (R-FL)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
Cathy McMorris (R-WA)
Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Dan Boren (D-OK)
Dan Burton (R-IN)
Daniel Webster (R-FL)
David Camp (R-MI)
David Davis (R-TN)
David Rivera (R-FL)
David Schweikert (R-AZ)
Dennis Ross (R-FL)
Diane Black (R-TN)
Doc Hastings (R-WA)
Don Young (R-AK)
Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
Edward Royce (R-CA)
Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
F.A. Boyd (D-FL)
Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Gerald Weller (R-IL)
Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL)
Howard Coble (R-NC)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Jack Kingston (R-GA)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
James Gerlach (R-PA)
Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
Jeff Denham (R-CA)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Jefferson Miller (R-FL)
Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) 
Joe Wilson (R-SC)
John Boehner (R-OH)
John Campbell (R-CA)
John Culberson (R-TX)
John Doolittle (R-CA)
John Kuhl (R-NY)
John Linder (R-GA)
John McHugh (R-NY)
John Mica (R-FL)
John Randy Forbes (R-VA)
John Sullivan (R-OK)
Justin Amash (R-MI)
Ken Marchant (R-TX)
Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Kristi Noem (R-SD)
Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Michael J. Rogers (R-AL)
Michael Simpson (R-ID)
Mike Rogers (R-MI)
Morgan Griffith (R-VA)
Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Raul Labrador (R-ID)
Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA)
Rick Berg (R-ND)
Robert Latta (R-OH)
Rodney Alexander (R-LA)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Sam Graves (R-MO)
Sam Johnson (R-TX)
Sandy Adams (R-FL)
Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
Scott Tipton (R-CO)
Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
Steve Austria (R-OH)
Steve King (R-IA)
Steve Southerland (R-FL)
Steve Stivers (R-OH)
Steven Palazzo (R-MS)
Thomas Price (R-GA)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Todd Platts (R-PA)
Tom Cole (R-OK)
Tom Graves (R-GA)
Tom McClintock (R-CA)
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
Walter Jones (R-NC)
106 Members in the US House of Representatives
*Being an "Alumni" of ALEC means that when they were State legislators -
they were American Legislative Exchange Council members
and they were "educated" by ALEC.

If you don’t’ know what ALEC is – read the piece below.

ALEC –“ More than 30 years ago, a small group of state legislators and conservative policy advocates met in Chicago to implement a vision: A nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.” (Source)

“under the leadership of Delaware State Senator Jim Neal, gradually began to shift from clearinghouses of ideas submitted by ALEC members into freestanding think tanks and model bill movers. They began to actively solicit more input from private sector members, seizing upon ALEC's long-time philosophy that the private sector should be an ally rather than an adversary in developing sound public policy.”  (Source)

has a annual meeting that is attended by “more than 2,000 state legislators, private sector members, government representatives, and public policy experts come together for this event to confront the problems facing the 50 states  (Wiki)

ALEC – brings together private sector companies – such as Koch Industries and Walmart, for the purpose of  issues are debated by task forces of members, and policies adopted.”  AND  ALEC “model bills” (aka Model Legislation) are introduced in task force meetings and voted on by ALEC members at each of three national meetings. Public sector (state legislators) and private sector (companies, foundations and nonprofits) members vote on each model bill separately  (Wiki)

What this means is that private sector companies – such as(but not limited to) right wing companies such as  Koch Industries, Coors Brewing, AT&T and Walmart -  are writing “model legislation” that legislature members then introduce as State and Federal bills.  Some examples of the “model legislation” are posted on a public web site.  I’m sure in the “members only” area of the web site more controversial “model legislation” is kept, for members “eyes only”, for legislative members to “copy, print and present” as bills in their State or at the Federal level.

“Our members join for the purpose of having a seat at the table. That’s just what we do, that’s the service we offer. The organization is supported by money from the corporate sector, and, by paying to be members, corporations are allowed the opportunity to sit down at the table and discuss the issues that they have an interest in.” Dennis Bartlett, ALEC, 1997

HELL they are not only buying a seat at the ALEC table,
  They are buying a hidden seat in every State legislature.
  They are buying a hidden seat in the Federal government.
  Someday they may buy the Oval Office.
  They are writing “Model Legislation”.
They have subverted democracy!

Please request the elimination of any and all state and federal funding for our legislators to belong to ALEC, to attend ALEC events or to purchase ALEC literature and “model legislation”.


  1. I am getting comments from people who are defending their legislators who are on the “Koch state and federal legislator lists”. My lists are taken directly from ALEC literature – I did not make up these lists. I did not put your legislator on any of these lists – your legislator put themselves on these lists by choosing to belong to an ultra-conservative right wing organization, with an unknown long-term agenda for the United States of America. If your legislator does not want to be associated with ALEC, they should not belong to ALEC. Your legislator has made the conscience choice to have an active association with this organization. If you have a problem with your legislator being on the ALEC lists - complain to your legislator, not me.