Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Huebsch is also a former state chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), having been a member during his eight terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he spent four years serving on the Wisconsin legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, two years as the Assembly Majority Leader and two years as the Assembly Speaker.  He also formerly served on ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force.
Though he won his 2010 election to remain a state representative, he chose to resign after Walker chose him as head of the DOA. During that election cycle, he reported receiving $3,610 in "non-contribution" campaign income from ALEC, which accounted for 3.7% of his campaign cash, according to FollowTheMoney.org. The donation was the largest single source of campaign income he received, exceeding by nearly $3,000 the largest contribution.
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
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- “Secretary Mike Huebsch”, State of Wisconsin Department of Administration, Accessed July 2, 2011.
- Jud Lounsbury, ”DOA Sec. Huebsch & Sen. Fitzgerald both Served as State Chairs of the Corporate Goon Squad, ALEC”, Uppity Wisconsin, April 3, 2011, Accessed July 9, 2011.
- Bob Menamin, "Roots of Walker’s ideology go way back", Madison Capital Times, June 12, 2011, Accessed July 9, 2011.
- Don Walker, “Speculation persists over Walker plan's origin”, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 4, 2011, Accessed July 2, 2011.
- “Huebsch, Mike.”, Follow The Money, Accessed July 2, 2011.
- Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Political Action Committee Finance Database, Accessed July 2, 2011.
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