ALEC in Oregon
The American Legislative ExchangeCouncil (ALEC) is a nonprofit organization of conservative legislators and private sector representatives who draft and share model state-level legislation for distribution among state governments in the United States. It isn't illegal, but maybe it should be.
.ALEC has one simple goal: to privatize as many government functions as possible. ALEC's agenda in education has led to austerity measures in our public schools. Recently Alec issued report cards ranking state K-12 schools on performance, progress, and reform. Oregon received a C-. The goal for supporters of strong public schools is to be awarded F-. The goal for corporate reformers is to earn an A+. Oregonians can expect its ALEC legislators to aggressively push for corporate reforms that enrich their endorsers but punish students, families, teachers, and communities.
Who are Oregon's ALEC legislators? Who are these lawmakers who are more interested in doing the bidding of their campaign contributors than the people they represent? While some of their identities may be secret, below is a list of known ALEC perpetrators in the Oregon legislators compiled by SourceWatch. Follow the link to find out more about each ALEC legislator..
Oregon Legislators with ALEC Ties
House of Representatives
Rep. Kevin Cameron (R-Salem)
Rep. Jason Conger (R-54), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member
Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-6), Co-chair of the Agriculture Subcommittee of ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Forcealong with CropLife America's Jeff Case
Rep. Tim Freeman (R-2), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Rep. Bruce Hanna (R-7)
Rep. Wally Hicks (R-3), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member
Rep. John Huffman (R-59)
Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River)
Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-39)
Rep. Michael R. McLane (R-55), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member
Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point)
Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio)
Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-25)
Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas)
Rep. C. Gene Whisnant (R-53), State Chairman, International Relations Task Force member and 2011 ALEC State Legislator of the Year
Sen. Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day)
Sen. Larry George (R-Sherwood)
Sen. Fred Girod (R-Stayton)
Rep. Katerina Brewer (R-29), ALEC International Relations Task Force Member
Rep. Shawn Lindsay (R-30), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Congressman Curt Schrader (D-5), was listed as an ALEC alumnus in Congress, but asked ALEC to remove his name from the list, telling The Oregonian, "While I did fill out the membership form, I never participated in any ALEC events or conferences."
Rep. Matthew Wand (R-49), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member
Rep. Matt Wingard (R-26) (replaced by John Davis)
PAAO will examine the education connections of these selfless servants of the people in an upcoming post.