Thursday, March 22, 2012

ALEC and the NRA - Long-time Buds

A lot of articles out there on the NRA and ALEC lately.
Lot of articles and authors implying the long-term relationship between the NRA and ALEC.

But not many articles detailing the length of the relationship between the NRA and ALEC – so I though I would help them out a bit.

The National Rifle Association – NRA
The NRA is a long-time member and longtime funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and an NRA representative has served on the Public Safety and Elections Task Force for many years. ."[3]

Tara Mica, NRA-Institute for Legislative Action State Liaison, was the co-chair of ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force for a number of years, until the Spring of 2011. [4] [5] [6] (formerly known as the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security). [7]

The NRA was a "Vice-Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Conference, which in 2010, equated to $25,000.[8]

How long-time?

1989-1990 Source Book of American State Legislation
Task Force on Law and Justice
Private Sector Coordinating Committee
Chuck Cunningham – State Liaison
National Rifle Association

1992 ALEC Annual Report
Private Sector Member

1993 Annual Meeting
ü      Skeet Shoot sponsored by the NRA
ü      Panelist on workshop
ü      Luncheon Keynote Speaker:  Protecting Your Rights: Reducing Violent Crime; Wayne LaPierre, Executive Director National Rifle Association
ü      Entertainment & Hospitality Sponsor
ü      ALEC's Private Sector Member

1994 - ALEC's 21st Annual Meeting

1995 - ALECs 22nd Annual Meeting.
Tanya Metaksa of the National Rifle Association gave a stirring speech on the imperative to protect the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

1997 ALEC Annual Meeting Handbook
ü      Annual Meeting Sponsors – Vice Chairman Level
ü      ALEC Private Sector Member
ü      ALEC Shooting Sports Event Tallow Creek Shooting Club & BeauChene Country Club Sponsored by the National Rifle Association

InsideALEC – June 2010 Article
ALEC Brief Defends Second Amendment
BY CHRIS W. COX, NRA Institute for Legislative Action
In a few short weeks, the Supreme Court will deliver a decision that will have a great impact on all Americans’ Second Amendment rights. If the Court’s decision is favorable, American gun owners will be on the verge of a major step forward—due in large part to the support of organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its members.
Chris W. Cox is the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. The NRA is a member of ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force.

Over 20 years - that would definitely be a long time.

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