Van Wanggaard

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Van H. Wanggaard is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing the 21st District. [1] Wanggaard is on the following Senate Standing Committees: Committee on Economic Development and Veterans and Military Affairs; Committee on Insurance and Housing; Committee on Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs (Chair); and the Committee on Natural Resources and Environment.[2]

2011/2012 Wisconsin Recall

Wanggaard, R-Racine, faces a rematch with former Sen. John Lehman of Racine, who Wanggaard defeated in 2010. [3]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Senator Wanggaard is a legislative member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and an alternate on ALEC's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.[4]. He is also a member of ALEC's Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force. Wanggaard has spent $100 worth of taxpayer dollars to cover the cost of his ALEC membership.[5] In the 2011-2012 legislative session, According to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy, Sen. Van Wanggard co-sponsored 6 bills that reflect ALEC "model" bills and received at least $12,925 from ALEC corporate members in donations.[6]

About ALEC
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, and check out breaking news on our site.

Senator Wanggaard and Tax and Fiscal Policy

The following bills were introduced or co-sponsored by Senator Wanggaard during the 2011-2012 legislative session:

  • Senate Bill 60, Business expansion within a municipality: property tax credit created, conditions set
  • Senate Bill 140, Income tax checkoffs created re elementary and secondary education materials, shared revenue, and MA program


The campaign to recall Wanggaard was initiated on November 15, 2011. Forcing a recall will require the gathering of 15,353 signatures within 60 days. [7]

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  1. Wisconsin State Legislature. State Senator Van Wanggaard. Government Website. Accessed August 1, 2011.
  2. Wisconsin State Legislature. State Senator Van Wanggaard. Government Website. Accessed August 1, 2011.
  3. Four senators facing recall in Tuesday vote, GazettExtra, May 31, 2012
  4. Denise Lockwood, Corporate Backed Boiler-plated Legislation The Topic of Investigation Piece, Mount Pleasant Patch, July 19, 2011
  5. Scot Ross, "One Wisconsin Now Exclusive: WI Senators Paying Corporate ALEC Membership with Tax Dollars, One Wisconsin Now website, May 8, 2011
  6. Senator Van Wanggaard data,‎ ALEC data compiled by CMD and Common Cause, May 2012
  7. Van Wanggaard recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2012), Ballotpedia, accessed December 9, 2011
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