Idaho ALEC Politicians

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This is a partial list of Idaho 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.

Idaho Legislators with ALEC Ties

U.S. Senate

  • Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) previously served as Governor of Idaho, and Lieutenant Governor. Also served as State Senate Majority Leader. [1]

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)[2]
  • Rep. Michael Simpson (R-ID 2)[2]

State House of Representatives

  • Rep. Vito Barbieri (R-3A Dalton Gardens), paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on Feb. 26, 2018.[3] Attended 2012 ALEC annual meeting in Utah[4] and 2014 ALEC annual meeting in Dallas[5] at taxpayer expense
  • Rep. Scott C. Bedke (R-27A), ALEC Education Task Force Member,[6] paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on Mar. 15, 2018[7]
  • Rep. Maxine T. Bell (R-26),[8] paid 1-year ALEC membership fee on Nov. 7, 2002[9]
  • Rep. Judith Boyle (R-9), paid for ALEC membership in 2012[10]
  • Rep. Brent Crane (R-13), paid for ALEC membership in 2007[11]
  • Rep. Sage Dixon (R-1B) 2018 State Chair [12]
  • Rep. Terry F. Gestrin (R-8A), paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on Mar. 17, 2015[13] and on Apr. 16, 2017[14]
  • Rep. Stephen Hartgen (R-23B), paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on Nov. 27, 2017,[15] on Nov. 9, 2014,[16] on July 1, 2013,[17] and on Apr. 24, 2009.[18] Attended 2012 ALEC annual meeting in Utah[19]
  • Rep. Eric Redman (R-02),[20] registered member
  • Rep. Jeffrey D. Thompson (R-33),[21] Idaho state chair,[22] ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member,[23] attended 2012 ALEC annual meeting in Utah,[19] and was awarded ALEC's State Chair of the Year award in 2014[24]

State Senate

Former Representatives

Former Senators

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Federal Relations: U.S. House of Representatives, organizational website, accessed December 2013.
  3. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2018 - 4-9-2018, Idaho State Rep. Vito Barbieri, Idaho Secretary of State
  4. 4.0 4.1 Betsy Z. Russell, Eye on Boise: Lawmakers bill state for conference costs, The Spokesman-Review, July 29, 2012
  5. Kimberlee Kruesi, "http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/05/11/3797745_idaho-lawmakers-spend-nearly-300000.html?rh=1," Idaho Statesman, May 11, 2015.
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  7. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2018 - 12-31-2018, Idaho State Rep. Scott C. Bedke, Idaho Secretary of State
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  9. Campaign Finance Report 10-21-2002 - 11-15-2002, Idaho State Rep. Maxine T. Bell, Idaho Secretary of State
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Idaho Secretary of State Election Division, 2012 Candidate Expenditures, state governmental agency website, accessed December 2013.
  11. Idaho Secretary of State Elections Division, 2008 Candidate Expenditures, state governmental agency website, accessed December 2013.
  12. ALEC State Chair Organization site, accessed Sept. 2018
  13. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2015 - 12-31-2015, Idaho State Rep. Terry F. Gestrin, Idaho Secretary of State
  14. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2017 - 12-31-2017, Idaho State Rep. Terry F. Gestrin, Idaho Secretary of State
  15. Candidate Expenditures 2018, Idaho Secretary of State, accessed Feb. 18, 2019
  16. Campaign Finance Report 10-20-2014 - 11-14-2014, Idaho State Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Idaho Secretary of State
  17. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2013 - 12-31-2013, Idaho State Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Idaho Secretary of State
  18. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2009 - 12-31-2009, Idaho State Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Idaho Secretary of State
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Dan Popkey, Idaho lawmakers in Salt Lake this week for ALEC conference, including defeated Rep. Hart, Idaho Statesman, "Idaho Politics" blog, July 24, 2012
  20. ALEC, State and Local Legislators Urge Congress to Eliminate State and Local Tax Deduction in Exchange for Pro-Growth Lower Rates, ALEC, October 16, 2017.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, State Chairs, organizational website, accessed March 25, 2014.
  23. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational task force membership directory, June 30, 2011, p. 31, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  24. American Legislative Exchange Council, Rep. Jeff Thompson Awarded State Chair of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational press release, August 1, 2014.
  25. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2015 - 12-31-2015, Idaho State Sen. Bert Brackett, Idaho Secretary of State
  26. Campaign Finance Disclosure Report 1-1-2014 - 5-6-2014, Idaho Sen. Lee Heider, Idaho Secretary of State
  27. Campaign Finance Disclosure Report 1-1-2018 - 4-29-2018, Idaho Sen. Lee Heider, Idaho Secretary of State
  28. 28.0 28.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid, RE: the EPA’s plan to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, March 10, 2010
  29. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  30. 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
  31. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2013 - 12-31-2013, Idaho State Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, Idaho Secretary of State
  32. American Legislative Exchange Council, Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  33. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  34. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Communications and Technology Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  35. 2012 Campaign Expenditures database, Idaho Secretary of State, accessed Feb. 18, 2019
  36. Campaign Finance Report 1-1-2015 - 12-31-2015, Idaho State Sen. Jim Patrick, Idaho Secretary of State
  37. ALEC State Chair Organization site, accessed Sept. 2018
  38. Campaign Finance Report 10-20-2014 - 11-14-2014, Idaho State Sen. Steve Vick, Idaho Secretary of State
  39. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  40. 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
  41. Idaho Secretary of State Election Division, 2010 Candidate Expenditures, state governmental agency website, accessed December 2013.
  42. 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
  43. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC State Chairmen, document exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  44. American Legislative Exchange Council, Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  45. 2012 Campaign Expenditures database, Idaho Secretary of State, accessed Feb. 18, 2019
  46. 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
  47. American Legislative Exchange Council, Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  48. ALEC Task Force Packet August 2010, Common Cause, August 2010
  49. American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  50. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause