Communicating Progressive Values in Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2012 CONTACT MATT GLAZER (512) 473-4140

Correction: 9 Texas Republicans, Final 3 Texas Democrats Have Left ALEC Majority of Texas Legislature No Longer a Part of Corporate Bill Factory
Correction: Our original release stated that Sen. Deuell was no longer a member of ALEC. Following our press release, Sen. Deuell’s office contacted us to inform us that he was never a member of ALEC. Our records show a $750 contribution Sen. Deuell’s campaign made to ALEC in 2007 for conference registration – an amount that far exceeds the $100 registration/membership fee other legislators often pay to ALEC. Our organization contacted Sen. Deuell and his office by letter in April, by e-mail in April and in May, and by letter again in June. We did not receive a response until we contacted his office by phone in June to ask about his membership in ALEC. Today, following yesterday’s press release, Sen. Deuell’s staff contacted us to say that while the $750 contribution was made from the Senator’s campaign account, it was his staff person – and not the Senator – that attended the conference and that the Senator has never been a part of ALEC. We have updated this release and we are currently updating our records to reflect this change. The original press release is reprinted below in its corrected form. We appreciate that Senator Deuell has always rejected participating in ALEC, and we’re pleased he is part of the two-thirds majority of Texas Senators – Republicans and Democrats alike – who are not in this corporate bill factory.

9 Texas Republicans, Final 3 Texas Democrats Have Left ALEC Majority of Texas Legislature No Longer a Part of Corporate Bill Factory
(TEXAS) – Progress Texas is pleased to announce that an additional 12 Texas Legislators – 9 Republicans and 3 Democrats – have announced they have left and will no longer be a part of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). These 12 Legislators join 12 members of the Legislature who announced they were leaving in April of 2012, bringing the total number of Texas legislators who have left ALEC to 24 this year alone. “These legislators have shown the courage of their convictions by standing up to a corporate bill factory and declaring their support for the people of Texas above all else,” said Matt Glazer, Executive Director of Progress Texas. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate bill factory for model laws. The organization arranges for corporate lobbyists and conservative legislators to hold joint secret meetings to craft cookie-cutter bills that increase the profits of private companies at the public’s expense. Following public pressure from Progress Texas and its membership, a majority of the Texas Legislature – 96 of 181 members – is now no longer a part of ALEC.

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Below is the list of the 12 Texas legislators who recently announced they are leaving ALEC: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Sen. Glenn Hegar – R Sen. Eddie Lucio – D Sen. Carlos Uresti – D Sen. John Whitmire – D Rep. Leo Berman – R Rep. Myra Crownover – R 7. Rep. Jim Keffer – R 8. Rep. Dee Margo – R 9. Rep. Jim Murphy – R 10. Rep. Diane Patrick – R 11. Rep. Debbie Riddle – R 12. Rep. James White – R

After the departure of Senators Whitmire, Uresti, and Lucio, no Democrat in Texas remains in ALEC. Nationwide, almost 70 legislators have left ALEC; the 24 that have left from Texas is the most of any state. Additionally, 32 corporations across the country have cut ties with ALEC. A full list of those corporations and legislators can be found here: http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed. Attached is a list of all Texas legislators in ALEC, those not in ALEC, and those who have refused to answer repeated requests of that information from Progress Texas. To learn more about our work on ALEC in Texas, visit our website at http://progresstexas.org/tags/alec.

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www.ProgressTexas.org ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss 21 Texas Senators Not in ALEC - 12 Democrats, 9 Republicans. Those who dropped in 2012 are bold & italicized.
Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Brian John Wendy Robert F. Robert Rodney Kevin Birdwell Carona Davis Deuell Duncan Ellis Eltife Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Mario Glenn Juan “Chuy” Eddie Robert Steve Dan Gallegos Hegar Hinojosa Lucio Nichols Ogden Patrick Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Jose Carlos Leticia Kirk Royce John Judith Rodriguez Uresti Van de Putte Watson West Whitmire Zaffirini

75 Texas Representatives Not in ALEC - 48 Democrats, 27 Republicans. Those who dropped in 2012 are bold & italicized.
Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Alma Roberto Carol Rafael Rodney Marva Leo Lon Angie Chen Joaquin Garnet Myra Drew Yvonne Joe Dawnna Harold Craig Joe Jessica Pete John Helen Veronica Larry Allen Alonzo Alvarado Anchia Anderson Beck Berman Burnam Button Castro Coleman Crownover Darby Davis Deshotel Dukes Dutton Jr. Eiland Farias Farrar Gallego Garza Giddings Gonzales Gonzales Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Naomi Lance Ryan Roland Will Ana Scott Donna Dan Eric Jim Tracy Tim Lyle Ken Tyron Eddie Barbara Dee Marisa Armando Trey Ruth Jones Jose Borris L. Gonzalez Gooden Guillen Gutierrez Hartnett Hernandez-Luna Hochberg Howard Huberty Johnson Keffer King Kleinschmidt Larson Legler Lewis Lucio III Mallory Callaway Margo Marquez Martinez Martinez Fischer McClendon Menendez Miles Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Sergio Jim Elliott Rene Tan Diane Joe Chente Richard Pena Ron Debbie Allan Eddie Charles Kenneth David Mark Van Senfronia Sylvester Marc Mike Hubert Armando James Munoz Jr. Murphy Naishtat Oliveira Parker Patrick Pickett Quintanilla Raymond Reynolds Riddle Ritter Rodriguez Schwertner Sheets Simpson Strama Taylor Thompson Turner Veasey Villareal Vo Walle White

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www.ProgressTexas.org ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss 26 Texas Senators & Representatives Admit to Being in ALEC - all 26 are Republican.
Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Troy Chris Kel Florence Charles “Doc” William “Bill” Warren John Sarah Fraser Harris Seliger Shapiro Anderson Callegari Chisum Davis Davis Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Joe Rob Allen John Harvey Jim Phil George Lanham Driver Eissler Fletcher Frullo Hilderbran Jackson King Lavender Lyne Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Jerry Barbara Walter “Four” Ralph Todd John Randy William “Bill” Madden Nash Price Sheffield Smith Smithee Weber Zedler

59 Texas Senators & Representatives Won't Say if They are in ALEC or Not - all 59 are Republican.
Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Sen. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Craig Joan Mike Jane Jeff Tommy Jose Jimmie Don Dwayne Dan Fred Cindy Erwin Stefani Wayne Byron Tom Brandon Gary Estes Huffman Jackson Nelson Wentworth Williams Aliseda Aycock Bohac Bonnen Branch Brown Burkett Cain Carter Christian Cook Craddick Creighton Elkins Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Dan Charlie Mike Kelly Rick Patricia Linda Chuck Charlie Todd Jason Susan Lois John Jim Jodie J.M. Doug Sid Flynn Geren Hamilton Hancock Hardcastle Harless Harper-Brown Hopson Howard Hughes Hunter Isaac King Kolkhorst Kuempel Landtroop Laubenberg Lozano Miller Miller Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Rep. Geanie Rob John Ken Aaron Charles Larry Jim Connie Wayne Burt Joe Larry Raul Vicki Beverly Paul John Morrison Orr Otto Paxton Pena Perry Phillips Pitts Scott Shelton Smith Solomons Straus Taylor Torres Truitt Woolley Workman Zerwas

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