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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 Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force, go here.

Communications and Technology Task Force:

In 2011, the "Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force" was renamed the "Communications and Technology Task Force."[1]

2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Substantive Agenda

From the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Program: "...the...Task Force shall meet to hear presentations from noted experts and leaders on timely topics including state responses to data breaches, broadband deployment, and First Amendment protections for video games...the Task Force will consider legislation dealing with current issues in the taxation of online retails sales, telephone regulation, and intellectual property."[2]

Sub-Committees

  • Joint Working Group on 21st Century Commerce and Taxation[3]
  • Model Legislation Review Working Group[3]

Co-Chairs

The Institute for Policy Innovation is a Texas-based think tank founded by Dick Armey that Politico describes as "known for its economic analysis of pending and proposed changes in tax policy, with its emphasis on free markets, limited government, supply-side economics and dynamic scoring. IPI focuses on issues of taxation, technology, education reform, and government regulation."[6] The Center for Technology Freedom was created when Bartlett Cleland joined IPI.[7] [8] On its website, IPI states that it is funded "wholly by contributions from individuals, businesses and other non-profit foundations."[9] According to its 2009 Form 990, IPI received almost $1 million in donations and foundation grants.<Institute for Policy Innovation Form 990, IRS filing, March 3, 2010</ref>

Corporate, Trade or Other Group Members

  • Rick Cimerman (Senior Director, State Telecommunications Policy) presented on "Current Cable Industry Issues in the States at the FCC" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[3]
  • Kelly Cobb (Model Legislation Review Working Group) introduced motions to strike the "Resolutionon MFJ Restrictions and IntraLATA Information Services," "Resolution in Favor of Unrestricted Caller*ID" and the "Resolution Lifting the MFJ Restriction on Long Distance Services" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[3]
  • Larry Downes (Senior Adjunct Fellow, TechFreedom) presented on "The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[3]
  • Mark Elliot (Executive Vice President, Global Intellectual Property Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) introduced the "Resolution in Support of Federal Efforts to Address Rogue Internet Sites that Sell Counterfeit Products and Facilitate Digital Theft" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[3]
  • Wayne Fonteix (Regional Vice President of State and Local Government Affairs, AT&T) presented on "The AT&T-T-Mobile Merger: A Status Report" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[3]
  • Dan Hewitt (spokesman, Entertainment Software Association) presented on "The First Amendment and Constitutional Protections for Video Games" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[3]
  • Andrew Kovalcin (Director of Stakeholder Advocacy, Global Intellectual Property Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) introduced the "Resolution in Support of Federal Efforts to Address Rogue Internet Sites that Sell Counterfeit Products and Facilitate Digital Theft" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[3]
  • John Nothdurft (Legislative Specialist on Budget and Tax Policy, Heartland Institute) presented a "Report from the Joint Working Group on 21st Century Commerce and Taxation" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[3]
  • Steven Titch (Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation) presented on "Federal and State Efforts to Mandate Privacy" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[3]
  • AT&T[3]
  • Comcast[10]
  • Entertainment Software Association[3]
  • Global Intellectual Property Center (an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce)[3]
  • Heartland Institute[3]
  • National Cable and Telecommunications Association[3]
  • Reason Foundation[3]
  • TechFreedom (self-described "non-profit, non-partisan technology policy think tank"[11])[3]
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce[3]

Politician Members

  • Sen. Rich Crandall (R-AZ), introduced model "Resolution Adopting the 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force meeting[3]
  • Eric Koch (R-IN)[12]
  • Phil Montgomery (R-WI; Secretary, ALEC Board of Directors)[13]
  • Rep. Connie Doepke (R-33B), Member
  • Rep. Paul Farrow (R-98), Member
  • Sen. Randy Hopper (legislator)|Randy B. Hopper]] (R-18), Member
  • Rep. Joseph Knilans (R-44), Member
  • Eric Koch (R-IN), Member (2009),[14]
  • Rep. Tom Larson (R-67), Member
  • Phil Montgomery (R-WI; Secretary, ALEC Board of Directors), Member (2009),[15]
  • Sen. Mike Parry (R-26), Member
  • Rep. Jeff Dial (AZ R-20)
  • Rep. Rep. Terri Proud (AZ R-26))
  • Rep. Bob Robson (AZ R-20)
  • Rep. David W. Stevens (AZ R-25)
  • Rep. Mary P. Hickerson (AR R-1)
  • Sen. Jake Carter Files (AR R-13)
  • Sen. Joel Anderson (CA R-36),[16][17] State Chairman[18]
  • Rep. Mark Waller (CO R-15)
  • Rep. Rosa C. Rebimbas (CN R-70)
  • Rep. Calvin Hill (GA R-21), State Chairman[16][19]
  • Rep. Don L. Parsons (GA R-42)
  • Rep. Buzz Brockway (GA R-101)
  • Rep. Barry D. Loudermilk (GA R-14)
  • Sen. John E. Albers (GA R-56)
  • Sen. Nan G. Orrock (GA D-36)
  • Rep. Jim Patrick (ID R-23), Member
  • Rep. Mike Fortner (IL R-95), Member
  • Rep. David Forrest Winters (IL R-68), Member
  • Rep. Eric Koch (IN R-65), Member[17]
  • Sen. Brian J. Quirk (IA D-15)
  • Rep. Forrest Knox (KS R-13)[20]
  • Rep. Joe Seiwert (KS R-101)
  • Rep. Phil Hermanson (KS R-96)
  • Sen. Garrett Love (KS R-38)
  • Sen. Mike Petersen (KS R-28)
  • Sen. Carroll Gibson (KY R-5)
  • Sen. Jimmy Higdon (KY R-14)
  • Sen. Kathy W. Stein (KY D-13)
  • Sen. Walter Blevins, Jr (KY D-27)
  • Sen. Gerald A. Neal (KY D-33)
  • Rep. Gary L. Smith, Jr. (LA R-77))
  • Rep. Hollis Downs (LA R-12)
  • Rep. Brett F. Geymann (LA R-35)
  • Rep. Franklin J. Foil (LA R-70)
  • Rep. Jim W. Tucker (LA R-86)
  • Sen. Neil Riser (LA R-32)
  • Sen. Michael D. Thibodeau (ME R-23)
  • Rep. James M. Hamper (ME R-100)
  • Del. Mark N. Fisher (MD R-27B)
  • Rep. Connie Doepke (MN R-33B), Member
  • Sen. Mike Parry (MN R-26), Member
  • Rep. Tommy Woods (MI R-52)[17]
  • Rep. Lester Carpenter (MI R-1)
  • Rep. Gary V. Staples (MI R-88)
  • Rep. Philip A. Gunn (MI R-56)
  • Sen. Giles Ward (MI R-18)
  • Rep. Rodney Schad (MO R-115)[17]
  • Rep. Cole McNary (MO R-86)
  • Rep. Darrell L. Pollock (MO R-146)
  • Rep. John J. Diehl, Jr. (MO R-87)
  • Rep. Zachary Wyatt (MO R-2)
  • Rep. Scott Reichner (MT R-9), State Chairman[21]
  • Sen. Llewelyn C. Jones (MT R-14)
  • Sen. Deb Strobel Fischer (NE 43)
  • Sen. Jeremy J. Nordquist (NE 21)
  • Sen. Ken Haar (NE 21);
  • Sen. Dean A. Rhoads (NE R-Rural Nevada), Member
  • Rep. Robert E. Introne (NH R-3), Member
  • Rep. Thomas A. Anderson (NM R-29), Member
  • Rep. Daniel F. McComas (NC R-19), Member
  • Rep. Tim Moffitt (NC R-116), Alternate
  • Rep. Scott Louser (ND R-5), Member
  • Sen. Dave Nething (ND R-12)[17], Member
  • Rep. Ron Amstutz (OH R-3),[17], Alternate
  • Rep. James Butler (OH R-37), Alternate
  • Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (OH R-86), Member
  • Rep. Michael Stinziano (OH D-25), Member
  • Rep. Peter A. Beck (OH R-67), Member
  • Rep. Dan Kirby (OR R-75), Alternate
  • Rep. Tom Newell (OR R-28), Alternate
  • Rep. Charles D. Key (OR R-90), Member
  • Rep. Weldon L. Watson (OR R-79), Member
  • Sen. Cliff Branan (OR R-40), Member
  • Rep. John Evans (PA R-5), ALEC State Chairman[22] and Member
  • Rep. Seth Grove (PA R-196),[23][24] Member
  • Rep. William E. Sandifer, III (SC R-2)[17] and Member
  • Rep. Joan B. Brady (SC R-78), Alternate
  • Rep. George M. Hearn (SC R-105), Member
  • Sen. Kent M. Williams (SC D-30), Member
  • Rep. Roger D. Solum (SD R-5), Member
  • Sen. Deb Peters (SD R-9), Member
  • Sen. Tom Hansen (SD R-22), Member
  • Rep. Curry Todd (TN R-95), ALEC State Chairman,[25] Member of ALEC Board of Directors[26] Member
  • Rep. Bob Ramsey, (TN R-20) Alternate
  • Rep. Johnny Richard Montgomery (TN R-12), Member
  • Rep. Steve K. McDaniel (TN R-72), Member
  • Rep. Charles F. Howard (TX R-26), Member
  • Rep. Aaron Pena (TX R-40), Member
  • Rep. Vicki Truitt (TX R-98), Alternate
  • Rep. Patricia Harless (TX R-126), Alternate
  • Rep. Ken W. Paxton (TX R-70), Alternate
  • Sen. Chris J. Harris (TX R-9), Member
  • Rep. Todd E. Kiser (UT R-41), Member
  • Rep. Ryan Wilcox (UT R-7), Member
  • Rep. Brad L. Dee (UT R-11), Member
  • Del. Terry G. Kilgore (VA R-1), Member
  • Del. Kathy J. Byron (VA R-22), Member
  • Del. Watkins M. Abbitt, Jr. (VA I-59), Alternate
  • Del. Barbara J. Comstock (VA R-34), Alternate
  • Sen. Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (VA R-3), Member
  • Rep. Paul Farrow (WI R-98), Member
  • Rep. Joseph Knilans (WI R-44), Member
  • Rep. Tom Larson (WI R-67), Member
  • Sen. Randy Hopper (legislator)|Randy B. Hopper]] (WI R-18), Member

Staff

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, Communications and Technology, organizational website, accessed April 2012
  2. [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Task Force Meetings, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 American Legislative Exchange Council, "Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting," agenda and meeting materials, August 5, 2011, on file with CMD
  4. American Legislative Exchange Council Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force, organization website, accessed April 19th, 2012
  5. Telecommunications and Information Technology, Alec.org website, Accessed April 19th, 2012.
  6. Arena Profile: Thomas A. Giovanetti, Politico profile, accessed June 14, 2011
  7. Telecommunications and Information Technology, ALEC website, Accessed May, 2011
  8. Institute for Policy Innovation Insights February 2000, organization newsletter, February 2000
  9. Institute for Policy Innovation About, organization website, accessed June 14, 2011
  10. Steven Titch ALEC Adopts Model VoIP Bill, Info Tech & Telecom News, Heartland Institute publication, September 2007
  11. TechFreedom, TechFreedom, organizational site, accessed August 31, 2011
  12. Inside ALEC Nov./Dec. 2009, organization newsletter, November/December 2009, p. 3 this page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.
  13. Inside ALEC Nov./Dec. 2009, organization newsletter, November/December 2009, p. 5 this page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.
  14. American Legislative Exchange Council Inside ALEC Nov./Dec. 2009, organization newsletter, November/December 2009, p. 3. This page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.
  15. American Legislative Exchange Council Inside ALEC Nov./Dec. 2009, organization newsletter, November/December 2009, p. 5 this page has been altered by ALEc, and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.
  16. 16.0 16.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 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
  18. ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed June 30, 2011
  19. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed June 30, 2011
  20. Scott Rothschild, Corporate-funded ALEC has strong ties to Kansas Legislature, Lawrence Journal World, July 24, 2011
  21. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed June 30, 2011
  22. Pennsylvania Department of State, Expenditure Search Results: Recipient Name: ALEC, campaign finance reporting database, accessed July 28, 2011
  23. Rep. Seth Grove, Legal Challenge to Federal Healthcare, legislator's personal site with link to ALEC, accessed July 29, 2011
  24. KeystoneProgress, "PA ALEC Legislators," research spreadsheet on file with CMD, July 28, 2011
  25. State Chairmen, American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC.org, Accessed July 7, 2011.
  26. Board of Directors, American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC.org, Accessed July 7, 2011.
  27. American Legislative Exchange Council Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force, organization website, accessed May 31, 2011
  28. American Legislative Exchange Council Inside ALEC Jan. 2009, organization newsletter, January 2009, p. 11. This page has been altered by ALEC and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.
  29. Inside ALEC, Jan 2009, Alec.org website, Accessed July 6, 2011, p. 8. This page has been altered by ALEC and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.

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