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About ALEC

ALEC is 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. ALEC legislative leaders are tasked with a duty to get the bills introduced and passed; ALEC members introduce the bills in statehouses as their own brilliant ideas—without disclosing that corporations pre-voted on them with politicians behind closed doors at ALEC resort meetings. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, and more than 20% become legally binding. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

For model legislation crafted and adopted by the Health and Human Services Task Force, go here.

Health and Human Services Task Force:

2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Substantive Agenda

According to the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Program, the following things were discussed and covered: "Medicaid fraud, health insurance rate review, and the health insurance 'excise tax'...A number of proposed ALEC model bills and resolutions will be considered, including legislation on health care reimbursement, Health Savings Accounts for state employees, Medicaid managed care, health care compacts, and scope of practice issues."[1]

Co-Chairs

Guarantee Trust Life Insurance is a company based in Glenview, IL that provides insurance to K-12 schools, community and junior colleges and universities as well as athletic groups, camps, child care, and special events. Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company is a private company and does not publicize its annual revenue. Its website has the following information: $190 million in invested assets, $177 million in total liabilities, $131 million in total reserve for life policies and contracts, and accident and health policies, and $42 million in net surplus.[4]

Corporate Executive Committee

(For-profit, Trade or Other Group)

Buel worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca before joining Johnson & Johnson in 2000. He represents Johnson & Johnson at PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry's chief trade association, as New Mexico chair and Arizona vice chair. He lobbies for Johnson & Johnson in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico and Utah.[6]

  • Kristin Parde (Director of State Policy, PhRMA)[7]

Parde is the PhRMA policy liaison to the southeast and midwest regions of the United States. She was previously the ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Director (a staff position) and managed ALEC's Disorder in the Court Project. She has also worked for the Institute for Justice."[8]

Politicians

  • Rep. Paul Anderson (MN R-13A), Member
  • Charlice Byrd (R-GA), Member (2010)[9]
  • Judson Hill (R-GA), Member (2010)[10]
  • Renee Unterman (R-GA), Member (2010)[11]
  • Linda Upmeyer (R-IA), Former Co-Chair[12]
  • Sen. Fred Dyson (AK R-I), Member
  • Rep. Cecil P. Ash (AZ R-18)[13], Member
  • Rep. Nancy Barto (AZ R-7)[13], Member
  • Rep. Brenda Barton (AZ R-5), Member
  • Rep. Peggy Judd (AZ R-25), Member
  • Rep. Kimberly Yee (AZ R-10), Member
  • Sen. Cecile Bledsoe (AR R-8)[13], Member
  • Sen. Melissa Irvin (AR R-10), Member
  • Rep. Cindy Acree (CO R-40)[13], Member
  • Rep. Kenneth Summers (CO R-22), Member
  • Sen. Kevin Lundberg (CO R-15), Member
  • Rep. Al Adinolfi (CT R-103), Member
  • Rep. Jason Perillo (CT R-113), Member
  • Rep. Whit Bett (CT R-78), Member
  • Rep. John Wood (FL R-65), Member
  • Rep. Matt Hudson (FL R-101), Member
  • Rep. Sharon Cooper (GA R-41)[13], Member
  • Rep. Donna Sheldon (GA R-105)[13], Member
  • Rep. Judy Manning (GA R-32), Member
  • Sen. Patti Anne Lodge (ID R-13)[13], ALEC State Chairman[14][15] and Member
  • Rep. Patricia Bellock (IL R-47), Member
  • Rep. Mary Flowers (IL D-31), Member
  • Rep. JoAnn Osmond (IL R-61), Member
  • Sen. Christine Radogno (IL R-41), Member
  • Sen. David Syverson (IL R-34), Member
  • Rep. Timothy Brown (IN R-41), Member
  • Rep. David Frizzell (IN R-93), Member
  • Sen. Jean Leising (IN R-42), Member
  • Rep. David Heaton (IA R-91), Member
  • Rep. Linda Miller (IA R-82), ALEC State Chairman[14][16] and Health and Human Services Task Force Member
  • Rep. Peggy Long-Mast (KS R-76)[17], Member
  • Rep. Brenda Landwehr (KS R-91), Member
  • Rep. Kelly Meigs (KS R-17), Member
  • Rep. Peggy Mast (KS R-76), Member
  • Sen. Chris Steineger (KS D-6), Member
  • Sen. Joey Pendleton (KY D-3); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force and Health and Human Services Task Force
  • Sen. Alice Kerr (KY R-12), Member
  • Sen. Julie Denton (KY R-36), Member
  • Sen. Tim Shaughnessy (KY D-19), Member
  • Rep. Dale Erdey (LA R-13), Member
  • Rep. Harvey LeBas (LA D-38), Member
  • Rep. Jean Doerge (LA D-10), Member
  • Rep. John LaBruzzo (LA R-81), Member
  • Rep. Thomas Willmott (LA R-92), Member
  • Sen. Willie Mount (LA D-27), Member
  • Del. Adelaide Eckardt (MD R-37B), Member
  • Del. Nicholaus Kipke (MD R-31), Member
  • Del. William Frank (MD R-42), Member
  • Rep. Matthew Lori, (MI R-59), Member[18]
  • Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (MI R-58), Member[18]
  • Sen. Bruce Caswell (MI R-16), Member[18]
  • Sen. Gretchen Hoffman (MN R-10), Member
  • Rep. Jessica Upshaw (MS R-95), Member
  • Rep. Lee Yancey (MS R-20), Member
  • Rep. Mac Huddleston (MS R-15), Member
  • Rep. Michael Watson (MS R-51), Member
  • Rep. Sidney Bondurant (MS R-24), Member
  • Rep. Becky Currie (MS R-92), Member
  • Sen. Eugene Clarke (MS R-22), Member
  • Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (MO R-157), Member
  • Rep. Ellen Brandom (MO R-160), Member
  • Rep. Eric Burlison (MO R-136), Member
  • Rep. Keith Frederick (MO R-149), Member
  • Rep. Sue Allen (MO R-92), Member
  • Rep. William White (MO R-129), Member
  • Rep. Gary MacLaren (MT R-89), State Chairman[14][19], Member
  • Rep. John Esp (MT R-61), Member
  • Rep. Liz Bangerter (MT R-80), Member
  • Sen. Danielle Conrad (NE 46), Member
  • Sen. Dave Pankonin (NE 2), Member
  • Sen. Joseph Hardy (NV R-12), Member
  • Rep. J. Gail Barry (NH R-16), Member
  • Rep. John Reagan (NH R-1), Member
  • Rep. Susan Emerson (NH R-7), Member
  • Rep. Nora Espinoza (NM R-59), Member
  • Sen. Sue Beffort (NM R-19), Member
  • Rep. Jeff Barnhart (NC R-82), Member
  • Rep. Julia Howard (NC R-79), Member
  • Rep. Tom Murry (NC R-41), Member
  • Rep. William Current (NC R-109), Member
  • Rep. Alon Wieland (ND R-13), Member
  • Rep. Chet Pollert (ND R-29), Member
  • Rep. Jeff Delzer (ND R-8), Member
  • Sen. Gerald Uglem (ND R-19), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force and Health and Human Services Task Force Member
  • Sen. Judy Lee (ND R-13), Member
  • Rep. Barbara Sears (OH R-46), Member
  • Rep. James Butler (OH R-37), Member
  • Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (OH R-75), Member
  • Sen. David Burke (OH R-26), Member
  • Rep. Doug Cox (OK R-5), Member
  • Rep. Pam Peterson (OK R-67), Member
  • Rep. Ronald Peters (OK R-70), Member
  • Sen. Brian Crain (OK R-39), Member
  • Rep. Marcia Hahn (PA R-138), Member
  • Rep. W. Brian White (SC R-6), Member
  • Sen. Thomas Alexander (SC R-1), Member
  • Rep. Jamie Boomgarden (SD R-17), Member
  • Rep. Manny Steele (SD R-12), Member
  • Rep. Phil Jensen (SD R-33), Member
  • Sen. Elizabeth Kraus (SD R-33), Member
  • Sen. Tim Rave (SD R-25), Member
  • Rep. Bob Ramsey (TN R-20), Health and Human Services Task Force and Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Alternate
  • Rep. David Shepard (TN D-69), Member
  • Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (TN R-73), Member
  • Rep. Joseph Armstrong (TN D-15), Member
  • Rep. Julia Hurley (TN R-32), Member
  • Sen. Mike Bell (TN R-9), Member
  • Rep. Susan King (R-71), Member
  • Rep. Ralph Sheffield (TX R-55), Member
  • Rep. Mark Shelton (TX R-97), Member
  • Rep. Jose Menendez (TX D-124), Member
  • Rep Bryan Hughes (TX R-5), Member
  • Sen. Jane Nelson (TX R-12), Member
  • Rep. Dean Sanpei (UT R-63), Member
  • Rep. David Clark (UT R-74), Member
  • Rep. Bradley Daw (UT R-60), Member
  • Sen. Peter Knudson (UT R-17), Member
  • Sen. Daniel Liljenquist (UT R-23), Member and Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Alternate
  • Del. S. Chris Jones (VA R-76), Member
  • Del. John O'Bannon (VA R-73), Member
  • Del. Jimmie Massie (VA R-72), Member and Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Alternate
  • Del. Christopher Peace (VA R-97), Member
  • Sen. Stephen H. Martin (VA R-11), Member
  • Rep. Barbara Bailey (VT R-10), Member
  • Sen. Doug Ericksen (WA R-42), Member
  • Rep. Dan Knodl (WI R-24), Member
  • Rep. John Nygren (WI R-88), Member[20]
  • Rep. Warren Petryk (WI R-93), Member
  • Rep. Erik Severson (WI R-28), Member
  • Sen. Mary Lazich (WI R-28), Member
  • Rep. Kathy Davison (WY R-20), Member
  • Sen. Leslie Nutting (WY R-07), Member
  • Sen. Dan Dockstader (WY R-16), Member

Staff

ALEC Health Care Task Force in 1993

For reference, the National Task Force on Health Care in 1993 (when ALEC members fought Hillary Clinton's health reform effort)[24] included:[25]

  • Co-Chairman Rep. Tom Wilder (GA)
  • Corporate Co-Chairman Spencer Hathaway (Syntex Laboratories, Inc.)
  • Legislative Director Molly Hering
  • Legislative Assistant Barbara Perez

Executive Committee

Politicians

  • Rep. Steve McDaniels (R-TN)
  • Rep. David Hale (MO)
  • Rep. Pat Blake (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Howard Hendrick (R-OK)
  • Rep. Dale Van Vyven (R-OH, deceased 2010)
  • Sen. Jim Neal (DE)
  • Rep. Karen Steele (VT)

Corporate, Trade Group, or other Group Members

  • CIBA-GEIGY
  • Industrial Biotechnology Association
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • National Association for Home Care
  • Solvay Pharmaceutical
  • National Business Association
  • Hoffman-LaRoche
  • Council for Affordable Health Insurance
  • The Traveler's Companies
  • PFL Life Insurance Company
  • Georgia Medical Assocation
  • National Health Insurance
  • Schering-Plough (since acquired by Merck)
  • General Electric Medical Systems
  • Humana Corporation
  • Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Hoechst-Roussell Pharmaceutical Corporation
  • Burroughs Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Rhone-Poulene Rourer
  • Parke-Davis
  • Glaxo, Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Association of Health Insurance Agents
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (now the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA)
  • Health Insurance Association of America (merged with American Association of Health Plans in 2003 to become America's Health Insurance Plans or AHIP)
  • National Association of the Self-Employed
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • Imperial Chemical Industries Pharmaceuticals (acquired by AkzoNobel in January 2008)[26]
  • Merck, Sharp & Dohme
  • The UpJohn Company (now Pharmacia AB)
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • The MEGA Life and Health Insurance Company
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Golden Rule Insurance
  • Lederle Laboratories
  • Long Term Care, Inc.
  • Wallace Laboratories
  • Central Reserve Life

Task Force "Advisors"

Legislative Members

  • Rep. Ron Johnson (AL)
  • Rep. Bill Filanle (CA)
  • Sen. Herman Holloway (DE)
  • Rep. David Thomas (FL)
  • Rep. Evan Frasure (ID)
  • Sen. Patricia Miller (IN)
  • Rep. Susan Stokes (KY)
  • Rep. William Constantino (MA)
  • Rep. Tony Onnen (MN)
  • Rep. Jim Barnett (MS)
  • Rep. Fred Thomas (MT)
  • Rep. Mary Holmes (NH)
  • Sen. Tarky Lombardi (NY)
  • Sen. Donna Nalewaja (ND)
  • Rep. Robert Netzley (OH)
  • Sen. Ron Peterson (PA)
  • Rep. Joan Quick (RI)
  • Rep. Walt Bain (VT)
  • Del. Steve Martin (VA)
  • Rep. Peggy Rosenzweig (WI)
  • Rep. Les Bowren (WY)
  • Sen. Jan Brewer (AZ)
  • Rep. Philip Pankey (CO)
  • Rep. George Albright (FL)
  • Rep. Anne Mueller (GA)
  • Rep. Donna Jones (ID)
  • Rep. Dolores Mertz (IA)
  • Sen. Gerry Hinton (LA)
  • Rep. Carl Gnodtke (MI)
  • Rep. Dorothy Cole (MS)
  • Rep. Bonnie Sue Cooper (MO)
  • Rep. David Humke (NV)
  • Rep. Nicholas Felice (NJ)
  • Rep. Theresa Esposito (NC)
  • Rep. Ken Svedjan (ND)
  • Rep. Mary Fallin (OK)
  • Rep. Donald Snyder (PA)
  • Rep. Edward Marrapese (RI)
  • Sen. John Holgren (VT)
  • Sen. James West (WA)
  • Rep. Gregg Underheim (WI)
  • Rep. Rick Tempest (WY)
  • Rep. Bob Watts (AR)
  • Sen. George "Doc" Gunther (CT)
  • Rep. Dennis Jones (FL)
  • Sen. Stan Koki (HI)
  • Rep. Manny Hoffman (IL)
  • Sen. Dick Roeding (KY)
  • Del. Martha Klima (MD)
  • Rep. Dave Gruenes (MN)
  • Sen. Robert G. Huggins (MS)
  • Rep. Mike Foster (MT)
  • Sen. Ray Rawson (NV)
  • Sen. Anthony Williams (NM)
  • Rep. Richard Morgan (NC)
  • Sen. Grace Drake (OH)
  • Sen. Bob Shoemaker (OR)
  • Rep. Dave King (PA)
  • Rep. Jack Harris (TX)
  • Sen. Steven Rees (UT)
  • Sen. Leonard Anderson (WV)
  • Rep. Frank Urban (WI)
  • Sen. Gail Zimmerman (WY)

About ALEC

ALEC is 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. ALEC legislative leaders are tasked with a duty to get the bills introduced and passed; ALEC members introduce the bills in statehouses as their own brilliant ideas—without disclosing that corporations pre-voted on them with politicians behind closed doors at ALEC resort meetings. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, and more than 20% become legally binding. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. 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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References

  1. [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Task Force Meetings, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council Health and Human Services Task Force, organization website, accessed April 19th, 2012
  3. Health and Human Services, Alec.org website, Accessed April 19th, 2012.
  4. Guarantee Trust Life Insurance About Us: Financial Information, company website, accessed June 14, 2011
  5. American Legislative Exchange Council Private Sector Executive Committee, organization website, accessed June 2, 2011. This page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available, it is archived here (archived April 9th, 2011)
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council Private Sector Executive Committee, organization website, accessed June 2, 2011. This page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available, it is archived here (archived April 9th, 2011)
  7. American Legislative Exchange Council Private Sector Executive Committee, organization website, accessed June 2, 2011. This page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available, it is archived here (archived April 9th, 2011)
  8. American Legislative Exchange Council Private Sector Executive Committee, organization website, accessed June 2, 2011. This page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available, it is archived here (archived April 9th, 2011)
  9. American Legislative Exchange Council Inside ALEC Apr. 2010, organization newsletter, April 2010, p. 3 this page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.
  10. American Legislative Exchange Council Inside ALEC Jul. 2010, organization newsletter, July 2010, p. 5 this page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.
  11. Ibid., p. 27
  12. Ibid., p. 23
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 American Legislative Exchange Council, Federal health reform efforts Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi , June 24, 2009
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 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
  15. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 19th, 2012
  16. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 19th, 2012
  17. Scott Rothschild, Corporate-funded ALEC has strong ties to Kansas Legislature, Lawrence Journal World, July 24, 2011
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Jack McHugh, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Model Resolution Opposing Obamacare Exchange, organizational blog post, July 25, 2011
  19. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed June 30, 2011
  20. State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, Campaign Finance Report: Taxpayers for Nygren, July Continuing 2011, Report filed by Rep. John Nygren's PAC showing ALEC membership dues payment on January 18, 2011, report filed July 20, 2011
  21. Health and Human Services, Alec.org website, Accessed April 19, 2011.
  22. Health and Human Services, Alec.org website, Accessed July 6, 2011. This page has been altered by ALEC and is no longer available.
  23. American Legislative Exchange Council Inside ALEC Jan. 2009, organization newsletter, January 2009, p. 10 this page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.
  24. Heartland Institute A Brief History of Health Savings Accounts, Health Care News, organization newsletter, December 1, 2004
  25. American Legislative Exchange Council Making Health Care Accessible and Affordable for All Americans, January 1993
  26. AkzoNobel Information about the former ICI, press release, accessed April 21, 2009.
  27. Heritage Foundation Edmund Haislmaier, organization biography, accessed June 10, 2011
  28. Heartland Institute Personnel Details: Mr. Wendell Cox, organization biography, accessed June 10, 2011
  29. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Headquarters Staff, government website, accessed June 10, 2011

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