Monday, February 27, 2012

ALEC - And Other Government Officials

Ya know – you have to admit that when someone makes themselves available to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)  – they know what they are getting into.

In most cases, almost 100% of the time, when you are dealing with an extremist faction of the society – people know it and because of extreme factions people choose their associations carefully and in some cases – refuse association with the faction.
When someone goes to a Heartland meeting – they sympathize with the philosophies of Heartland.
When someone goes to a CPAC meeting – they sympathize with the philosophies of CPAC.
When someone goes to a Nazi meeting – they sympathize with the philosophies of Nazis.

The people shown below have all chosen to participate in some way with ALEC.
Because of that it is only fair to assume that they sympathize with ALEC extreme philosophies.

There are people in the federal government who are associated or linked to ALEC through their participation in ALEC activities.  How many - we will never know.

The people in government have known about ALEC and their agenda a lot longer than the general public.

This is only a minor list of people who have associated themselves with ALEC - but the titles should really put a Rick Santorum type of fear of god in your heart.

I think it is important that we understand that ALEC does not only affect us at the State level – but through their Alumni and their sympathizers they have a much wider influence in the US.

Start the list off with
Tom Vilsack - Secretary of Agriculture - ALEC Alumni

Task Force Advisors - 1995
Roger Heath. Governors Office of Energy &. Community Service
James Mietus. Office of Management and Budget
Mr. Jimmy Mason, Department of Health and Human Services
Ms. Carole Jackson, U.S. Department of State, Multilateral Trade Affairs

Past ALEC Director
Mr. Sam Brunelli assumed his position as Executive Director of ALEC in October 1988. Prior to this, he served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education,

Speakers / Attendees at ALEC Meetings
The Natural Resources Task Force heard from Kelly Mader of Peabody Energy, who discussed our current and future energy needs; Michael Richard of the U.S. Department of Energy, who addressed the need for a long-term nuclear waste repository;

The Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force will consider several pieces of model language and hear from several national experts in tax and fi scal policy.     . Ike Brannon, a Senior Tax Economist at the U.S. Department of Treasury, will discuss current issues in federal tax policy and the importance of permanently extending President Bush’s tax cuts.

ALEC members also heard from distinguished speakers such as the , Dr. John Agwunobi. Dr. Agwunobi, who previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ms. Cameron Quinn serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for) at the US Department of Defense.

Charles J. Cooper concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation and administrative law. From 1985. 1988, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Off~ce of Legal Counsel.

The following people were honored at
ALECs 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting for
their role in the genesis and development of
ALEC: FOUNDERS (partial listing)
Hon. Ray Barnhardt Director Federal Highway Administration
Hon. Robert Carleson Assistant to the President for Policy Development
Hon. Donald Devine Director Office of Personnel Management
Attorney General Kenneth Eikenberry (WA)

Attendees of the 1992 Annual Meeting participated in plenary sessions, issue seminars and workshops on a wide range of topics. Major speakers included:
President George Bush;
Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan;
Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander;
Secretary of Transportation Andrew Card;
Secretary of Health and Human Service Louis Sullvan;
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Jack Kemp, Recipient of the 1992ThomasJeffersonFreedomAward;
Deputy Attorney General George Terwillegen

The Honorable Edwin Meese III Edwin Meese lit currently holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. Heisalso a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, California. Mr. Meese lectures and consults throughout the U.S. and is the author of With Reagan: The Inside Story, which was released by Regnery Gateway Publishers in June, 1992. Mr. Meese served as the 75th Attorney General of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988. Prior to that sen/ice, he held the position of Counsellor to the President from 1981 until 1985.

ALEC continued to provide a forum for the highest ranking political leaders of our time. At the Annual Meeting in New York, members heard from several cabinet secretaries and other state and national leaders, including
Attorney General John Ashcroft,
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson,
Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne, and
Florida House Speaker Tom Feeney.

ALEC Alumni Announcements
ALEC alumni William C. Mims, a former Republican legislator from Loudoun County, Virginia, was unanimously confi rmed by the Virginia General Assembly as the state’s new Attorney General to complete the term of Robert F. McDonnell, also a former ALEC member.

Inside ALEC Authors
Jerry W. Kilgore is a former state and federal prosecutor and served as the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2002 to 2005.  

Pam Bondi is attorney general for the State of Florida, and is the lead plaintiff in Florida v. U.S. DHHS, the multi-state lawsuit challenging the federal health law.

Susan Patrick, former director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. She is now the president and chief executive officer of the International Association for K-12 Online

From a picture heading
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey (right) meets with Mr. Victor Schwartz of Shook Hardy & Bacon and a member of ALEC’s Board of Scholars as well as Co-Chair of ALEC’s Civil Justice Task Force.

From the Heartland Report on producing Climate Change Denying Curriculum for the Schools – I found this
Dr. David Wojick has presented Heartland a proposal to produce a global warming curriculum for K-12 schools that appears to have great potential for success. Dr. Wojick is a consultant with the Office of Scientific and Technical Information at the U.S. Department of Energy in the area of information and communication science.

Why is it important for ALEC to get into the federal government?
Here’s only one reason of many reasons I have found – but it is the most succinct from 1995
The U.S. Department of Justice and the federal court system seem to be perpetually meddling in state affairs

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