Michigan ALEC Politicians

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This is a partial list of Michigan 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.

Michigan Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Triston Cole (R-105); attended "Intro to ALEC" breakfast in March 2015.[1]
  • Rep. Kathy Crawford (R-38) paid ALEC $375 from 2015-2017 for membership and events.[2][3][4]
  • Rep. Gary Glenn (R-98) paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on December 1, 2016[5]
  • Rep. Gary Howell (R-82) paid 2-year ALEC membership fees on December 18, 2017,[6] and on April 22, 2016.[7]
  • Rep. Brandt Iden (R-61), registered member
  • Rep. Tim Kelly (R-94); attended "Intro to ALEC" breakfast in March 2015.[1]
  • Rep. Dan Lauwers (R-81) spent $625 on August 7, 2013 for ALEC's 2013 annual meeting,[8] a $200 "contribution" to ALEC on December 20, 2013,[9] and paid ALEC a 2-year membership fee on September 4, 2016.[10]
  • Rep. Jim Lilly (R-89), registered member
  • Rep. Brett Roberts (R-65), registered member
  • Rep. Jason Sheppard (R-56), registered member
  • Rep. Scott VanSingel (R-100), registered member
  • Rep. Henry "Hank" Vaupel (R-47) paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on October 4, 2016[11]
  • Rep. Michael Webber (R-45); State Chair

Senate

  • Sen. Darwin Booher (R-35), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 while a state representative[12]
  • Sen. Mike Green (R-31), State Chairman, paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011[13]
  • Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-34), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 (twice) while a state representative,[12] Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member[14]
  • Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-29), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 while a state representative,[12] and in 2011 while a state senator[13]
  • Sen. Rick Jones (R-24), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 while a state representative[12], told Detroit News in August 2012 that he was no longer a member because "I thought (attending ALEC conferences) would be looked at by my constituents as a junket."[15] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Sen. Mike Kowall (R-15), member as of 2017.[16][17] Paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009 while a state representative, and in 2011[12]
  • Sen. Arlan B. Meekhof (R-30), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009 while a state representative[12]
  • Sen. Mike Nofs (R-19), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2008 while a state representative[12]
  • Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-25)[18]
  • Sen. David B. Robertson (R-26), paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on July 13, 2013;[19] paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[12]
  • Sen. Jim Runestad (R-44), paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on December 27, 2017,[20] attended "Intro to ALEC" breakfast in March 2015.[1]
  • Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-20), former State Chairman[21]; Civil Justice Task Force [22]
  • Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-16), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011 while a State Representative[12]


Former Representatives

  • Rep. Matthew Lori, (R-59), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force[23]
  • Rep. Peter J. Lund (R-36); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and Public Safety and Elections Task Force[24]
  • Rep. Tom McMillin (R-45), sponsored 2011 HB 4050. Compare to ALEC's "Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act"[25]
  • Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-66); State Chairman, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[26]
  • Rep. Peter Pettalia (R-106); attended "Intro to ALEC" breakfast in March 2015.[1]
  • Rep. Amanda Price (R-89); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[27]
  • Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R-58), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force[23]
  • Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-44), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011[12]
  • Rep. Gail Haines (R-43); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[28]
  • Former Rep. Frank Accavitti, Jr. (D-42), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2008[12]
  • Majority Caucus Chair Dave Agema (R-74), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2008[12]
  • Former Rep. Fran Amos (R-43), registered for ALEC annual meeting in 2005 and paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2006 and 2007[12]
  • Former Rep. Richard A. Bandstra (R-Grand Rapids, 1985-1994, Michigan 3rd Court of Appeals through January 2003), Former "Public Sector Chairman," Civil Justice Task Force[29]
  • Former Rep./Sen. Patricia Birkholz,[30] paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[13]
  • Former Rep. Bill Caul (R-99), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[12]
  • Former House Speaker Craig DeRoche (R-38), paid ALEC membership dues in 2006 and sent three staffers to ALEC annual meeting in 2006 (for $1,200) with taxpayer funds[12]
  • Former Rep. Leon Drolet (R-33), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[12]
  • Former Rep. David Farhat (R-91), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[12]
  • Former Rep. Edward Gaffney (R-1), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[12]
  • Rep. Judson Gilbert (R-81), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 while a state senator[13]
  • Rep. Ken Horn (R-94), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011[12], Civil Justice Task Force member[31]
  • Former Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-90, now Michigan Congressman R-2), ALEC Alumni in Congress,[32] paid ALEC membership with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007 while a state representative[12]
  • Rep. John Jamian, currently Executive Director Port of Detroit. [33]
  • Former Rep. Jerry Kooiman (R-75), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[12]
  • Rep. John Llewelyn [33]
  • Rep. William J. Martin [33]
  • Former Rep. Kimberley Meltzer (R-33), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009[12]
  • Rep. Mary Ann Middaugh [30]
  • Former Rep. Tim Moore (R-97), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2007[12]
  • Former Rep. Tom Pearce (R-73), registered for 2006 ALEC annual meeting and paid 2009 ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds[12]
  • Rep. Andrew Raczkowski
  • Former Rep. Rick Shaffer (R-59), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[12]
  • Former Rep. Fulton Sheen (R-88), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2006 and 2007[12]
  • Former Rep. John Stahl (R-82), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2008[12]
  • Former Rep. John Stakoe (R-44), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[12]
  • Former Rep. Glenn Steil, Jr. (R-72), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007[12]
  • Former Rep. William Van Regenmorter (R-74), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[12]
  • Rep. Tim Walberg, currently represents MI CD-9 in US Congress

Former Senators

  • Sen. John Moolenaar (R-36), Member of ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force[24]. Paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007 while a state representative[12]
  • Sen. Mark Jansen (R-28)[17]
  • Sen. Bruce Caswell (R-16), Health and Human Services Task Force[23]
  • Former Sen. Jason Allen (R-37), former State Chairman[34], paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2006[13]
  • Former Sen. Cameran Brown (R-16), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[13]
  • Former Sen. Valde Garcia (R-22), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[13]
  • Former Sen. Philip Hoffman [30]
  • Former Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R-30), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005[13]
  • Sen. Dennis Olshove (D-9) [33]
  • Former Sen. Bruce Patterson (R-7), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009[13]

Former Politicians

  • Former Governor John M. Engler [30]
  • Former Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus [30]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Poor Attendance at Closed-Door Lansing Event Shows ALEC Power Waning," Progress Michigan, news release, March 25, 2015.
  2. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Friends of Cathy S. Crawford 2017 July Quarterly CS, $175 for "CONTRIBUTION," Michigan Secretary of State
  3. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Friends of Cathy S. Crawford 2016 Amended Pre-General CS, $100 for "TICKET," Michigan Secretary of State
  4. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Friends of Cathy S. Crawford 2017 July Quarterly CS, $100 for "SUBSCRIPTION," Michigan Secretary of State
  5. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Gary Glenn for State Representative 2017 Amended July Quarterly CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP," Michigan Secretary of State
  6. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Committee to Elect Gary Howell 2018 Annual CS, $100 for "2-YR MEMBERSHIP FEE," Michigan Secretary of State
  7. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Committee to Elect Gary Howell 2018 Annual CS, $100 for "DUES," Michigan Secretary of State
  8. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, CTE Dan Lauwers 2014 Annual CS, $625 for "ANNUAL MEETING," Michigan Secretary of State
  9. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, CTE Dan Lauwers 2014 Annual CS, $200 for "CONTRIBUTION," Michigan Secretary of State
  10. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, CTE Dan Lauwers 2016 Pre-General CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP," Michigan Secretary of State
  11. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Dr Henry Vaupel for State Rep Committee 2016 Pre-General CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP," Michigan Secretary of State
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 12.21 12.22 12.23 12.24 12.25 12.26 12.27 12.28 12.29 12.30 Michigan House Business Office, "Vendor Activity Report: ALEC (Federal ID 2520140979)," on file with CMD, January 1, 2005-May 6, 2011
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 Michigan Secretary of State, "ALEC Dues Processed during 2005 and after," on file with CMD, January 1, 2005-May 6, 2011
  14. American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  15. Karen Bouffard, Many GOP-backed bills in Michigan copied from 'model bills', group says, Detroit News, August 13, 2012
  16. [http://legislature.mi.gov/documents/2017-2018/michiganmanual/2017-MM-P0121-p0276-Chapter3.pdf Michigan Manual 2017-2018
  17. 17.0 17.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  18. 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.
  19. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Dave Robertson for State Senate 2014 Annual CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP DUES," Michigan Secretary of State
  20. Campaign Campaign Finance Expenditure Database, Friends of Jim Runestand 2017 Annual CS, $100 for "MEMBERSHIP," Michigan Secretary of State
  21. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  22. organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Jack McHugh, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Model Resolution Opposing Obamacare Exchange, organizational blog post, July 25, 2011
  24. 24.0 24.1 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
  25. Michigan House of Representatives, HB 4050, state legislation, passed January 18, 2011
  26. American Legislative Exchange Council, [http://www.commoncause.org/atf/cf/%7BFB3C17E2-CDD1-4DF6-92BE-BD4429893665%7D/tax_35-daymailing_stfs2011_updated%20Ohio.pdf – Full Name and Address], Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  27. American Legislative Exchange Council, [http://www.commoncause.org/atf/cf/%7BFB3C17E2-CDD1-4DF6-92BE-BD4429893665%7D/tax_35-daymailing_stfs2011_updated%20Ohio.pdf – Full Name and Address], Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  28. American Legislative Exchange Council, Director – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  29. Michigan State Court Administrative Office Judges of the Court of Appeals, government document, 2001
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012
  31. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Civil Justice Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  32. American Legislative Exchange Council, "House of Representatives," organization website, accessed July 2, 2011
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  34. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC State Chairmen, document exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011