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Alec Exposed in Nevada

Alec Exposed in Nevada

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ALEC Exposed in Nevada
MAY 2013
 
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Table of Contents
E
XECUTIVE
S
UMMARY
............................................................................................................................................. 2
 
A
BOUT
ALEC ........................................................................................................................................................... 3
 
ALEC
 
I
 N
 N
EVADA
.................................................................................................................................................... 4
 
 N
EVADAN
ALEC
 
M
EMBERS
A
 ND
A
LUMNI
.............................................................................................................. 5
 
 Profiles of Current Office Holders ....................................................................................................................... 5
 
 Former Office Holders ....................................................................................................................................... 10
 
M
ONEY
T
RAIL
........................................................................................................................................................ 13
 
Taxpayer Funding .............................................................................................................................................. 13
 
Scholarships ....................................................................................................................................................... 14
 
Campaign Finance ............................................................................................................................................. 15
 
ALEC’
S
M
ODEL
B
ILLS
I
 N
 N
EVADA
....................................................................................................................... 16
 
 ALEC’s Parent Trigger In Nevada
.................................................................................................................... 17 
 
 ALEC’s School Voucher Bills In Nevada
........................................................................................................... 19
 
 ALEC's Private Schools Bill In Nevada ............................................................................................................. 24
 
 ALEC’s Anti
-Healthcare Reform Act ................................................................................................................. 27 
 
 ALEC’s English Only Bill In Nevada
................................................................................................................. 28
 
 ALEC’s Machine Gun Bill In Nevada
................................................................................................................ 30
 
 ALEC’s Voting Restrictions Bill In Nevada
....................................................................................................... 33
 ALEC’s Ombudsman Bill in Nevada
.................................................................................................................. 35
 ALEC’s Federal Lands Bill In Nevada
.............................................................................................................. 37 
 
 ALEC’s Bill To Cut The Minimum Wage In Nevada
......................................................................................... 38
 
APPENDIX:
 
D
ONATIONS
F
ROM
C
ORPORATE
F
UNDERS
O
F
ALEC
 
T
O
S
ELECT
ALEC
 
P
OLITICIANS
................... 39
 
Senator Greg Brower ......................................................................................................................................... 39
 
Senator Michael Roberson ................................................................................................................................. 40
 
 Assemblyman Cresent Hardy ............................................................................................................................. 41
 
Senator David Parks .......................................................................................................................................... 42
 
Senator James Settelmeyer ................................................................................................................................. 42
 
Senator Don Gustavson ..................................................................................................................................... 43
 
Senator Barbara Cegavske* .............................................................................................................................. 43
 
Senator Joseph Hardy ........................................................................................................................................ 44
 
Senator Ben Kieckhefer ...................................................................................................................................... 44
 
 Assemblyman Jim Wheeler ................................................................................................................................. 44
 
 
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Executive Summary
“Those who founded ALEC in 1973 probably did not imagine that in just 20 short years ALEC would 
 grow to become the most influential state
level organization in the country,” Senator Bill Raggio, 1992.
 
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 This report documents the known reach of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the Nevada Legislature.Claiming over 2,000 legislative members nationally and at least 300 corporate members, ALEC boasts it
“brings together state lawmakers and business people
.
These unelected corporate representatives sit asequals with elected officials on eight ALEC task forces,
where by its own admission “both have a voice
and a vote in shaping policy
.” Legislators then take these corporate approved policy ideas back to their 
homes states and introduce them as their own.This report includes information ProgressNow Nevada was able to locate on current and former legislative members, their roles within ALEC, proposed ALEC legislation, and campaign contributions
made by ALEC corporations to ALEC members. However, because of Nevada’s
weak campaign andlobbying expenditure reporting laws and lax
record keeping laws, ALEC’s true influence is no
t fullyknown and raises many questions to be answered.KEY FINDINGS
 
At least 10 current members of the Nevada Legislature have ties to ALEC. Notable past legislative
members include Senator Bill Raggio (ALEC’s 1993 National Chairman), Speaker Joe Dini,
Governor Jim Gibbons, and Congressman Jon Porter.
 
Since 2008, ALEC corporate members have given more than $175,000 to Nevada’s
ten currentALEC legislators.
 
When asked for correspondence between legislators and ALEC via a Public Records Request,
LCB responded on behalf of Senators saying ALEC communication was “so inextricably
intertwined with the policy-making and bill-drafting process that disclosure of the correspondence
would inevitably reveal the Senators’ deliberations.”
 
 
ALEC legislation h
as been introduced to influence education, healthcare, voting rights, worker’s
rights, and gun violence prevention laws in Nevada.
 
The current ALEC state chair is Senator Barbara Cegavske (R 
 – 
Las Vegas).
 
The Legislative Counsel Bureau has been paying a membership fee to ALEC since 1993. In 2012this membership fee was $1,000. Membership dues have varied, so no total cost can be calculated.When contacted by ProgressNow Nevada, LCB Director Rick Combs could not identify what thismembership provides LCB or its purpose otherwise.
 
In 1995, Raggio, with the help of Dini, orchestrated ALEC trips being included on the list of expenses paid for by the Legislative Commission, resulting in an unknown amount of taxpayer dollars being spent on ALEC trips.
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ALEC Annual Report,1992 

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