[ALEC spokesman] Meierling did say that ALEC has no plans to reveal its corporate and legislative members, identify individuals representing corporations within ALEC, or open up their model bill task force meetings.
And as I have repeatedly written – most ALEC members are embarrassed to admit that they belong to an extremist, right-wing, pro-corporate organization like ALEC.
As I have noted previously – most ALEC legislators will list most anything in their bios – their religious affiliations, NRA affiliation, their farm bureau membership, girl/boy scout leader – everything, BUT ALEC
This week the web universe handed me a gift – so I could prove this point to my readers.
The North Dakota GOP has a webpage dedicated specifically for THE GOP members of the North Dakota State House.
The state of North Dakota State House has 69 GOP legislators
The state of North Dakota State House has 23 GOP legislators who are known ALEC members.
Of the 69 GOP legislators, 23 who are known ALEC members ONLY THREE acknowledge their ALEC membership of the North Dakota GOP.org webpage.
Three legislators admit their involvement in ALEC.
That leaves 20 known ALEC members who are ashamed to acknowledge their membership with this extremist right-wing organization, to their own party.
Because ALEC does not release their state legislator member lists
AND because most ALEC legislators don’t willingly admit their membership in this extremist right-wing organization
AND because ALEC now copyrights all their documents, including their member lists - so they can no longer published (when found by a whistleblower/activist)
We have no way of really knowing which legislator, in any state, is carrying ALEC pro-corporate legislation onto the house floor – to ensure they get their corporate scholarship to attend the next ALEC meeting.
The 22 members I cited above – is probably WRONG, UNDER-STATED – cause there are probably more ALEC members on this list who are ashamed of their affiliation with ALEC.
North Dakota legislators ASHAMED of their membership in the extremist, pro-corporate American Legislative Exchange Council.
Two note they belong to the American Legilsative Exchange Council
- District 13 – Representative Kim Koppelman
- District 44 – Blair Thoreson
One belongs to the innocuous “ALEC”
- District 41 – Bette Grande
The names BOLDED below
are known ALEC members
who did not list ALEC in their bio's
- District 1 – Representative Patrick Hatlestad
- District 1 -Representative Gary R. Sukut
- District 2 – Representative David S. Rust
- District 2 – Representative Bob Skarphol
- District 3 – Representative Andrew Maragos
- District 3 – Representative Roscoe Streyle
- District 4 – Representative Glen Froseth
- District 5 – Representative Roger Brabandt
- District 5 – Representative Scott Louser
- District 6 – Representative Dick Anderson
- District 7 – Representative Jason Dockter
- District 7 – Representative Rick Becker
- District 8 – Representative Jeff Delzer
- District 8 – Representative Vernon R. Laning
- District 10 – Representative Chuck Damschen
- District 10 – Representative David Monson
- District 13 – Representative Alon Wieland
- District 14 – Representative Duane DeKrey
- District 14 – Representative Robin Weisz
- District 15 – Representative Curt Hofstad
- District 15 – Representative Dennis Johnson
- District 16 – Representative Ben Koppelman
- District 17 – Representative Mark S. Owens
- District 17 – Representative Mark Sanford
- District 19 – Representative Gary Paur
- District 19 – Representative Wayne Trottier
- District 22 – Representative Wesley R. Belter
- District 22 – Representative Peter F. Silbernagel
- District 23 – Representative Bill Devlin
- District 23 – Representative Don Vigesaa
- District 24 – Dwight Kiefert
- District 25 – Representative John D. Wall
- District 27 – Representative Randy Boehning
- District 27 – Representative Thomas R. Beadle
- District 28 – Representative Michael D. Brandenburg
- District 28 – Representative William E. Kretschmar
- District 29 – Representative Craig Headland
- District 29 – Representative Chet Pollert
- District 30 – Representative Mike Nathe
- District 30 – Representative Diane Larson
- District 31 – Representative Karen M. Rohr
- District 31 – Representative Jim Schmidt
- District 32 – Representative Mark A. Dosch
- District 32 – Representative Lisa Meier
- District 33 – Representative Brenda Heller
- District 33 – Representative Gary Kreidt
- District 34 – Representative Nathan Toman
- District 34 – Representative Todd Porter
- District 35 – Representative Karen Karls
- District 35 – Representative Bob Martinson
- District 36 – Representative Mike Schatz
- District 37 – Representative Nancy Johnson
- District 37 – Representative Vicky Steiner
- District 38 – Representative Larry Bellew
- District 38 – Representative Dan Ruby
- District 39 – David Drovdal
- District 39 – Keith Kempenich
- District 40 – Robert Frantsvog
- District 40 – Matthew M. Klein
- District 41 – Al Carlson
- District 43 – Curtiss Kreun
- District 45 – Joe Heilman
- District 46 – Kathy Hawken
- District 46 – Jim Kasper
- District 47 – George J. Keiser
- District 47 – Lawrence R. Klemin
"We really believe in transparency," ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling told The Huffington Post.