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ALEC Scholarships in Arizona

Since 2011, Arizona legislators have disclosed 82 accounts of taking scholarships from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), worth $500 or more. On Section 6 of Arizona personal financial disclosure forms, Arizona legislators are required disclose any gifts they have received valued of $500 or more. AZ public officials are not required to disclose the actual amount of the gift. The following are disclosed gifts/scholarships given by ALEC to Arizona legislators from 2011 and 2014.

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Debbie Lesko Debbie Lesko Debbie Lesko Debbie Lesko John Allen Brenda Barton Brenda Barton Brenda Barton Brenda Barton Sonny Borrelli Paul Boyer Kate Brophy McGee Doug Coleman Jeff Dial Jeff Dial Jeff Dial Jeff Dial Karen Fann Eddie

Year Legislator Disclosed ALEC Gift


2014 2013 2012 2011 2013 2014 2013 2012 2011 2013 2014 2011 2013 2014 2013 2012 2011 2011 2013

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Farnsworth Eddie Farnsworth Doris Goodale Doris Goodale David Gowan David Gowan David Gowan Rick Gray Rick Gray John Kavanagh John Kavanagh John Kavanagh John Kavanagh Phil Lovas Phil Lovas JD Mesnard JD Mesnard JD Mesnard Justin Olson Frank Pratt Frank Pratt Bob Robson Bob Robson TJ Shope TJ Shope Bob Thorpe Bob Thorpe Andy Tobin Andy Tobin Andy Tobin Kelly

2012 2012 2011 2014 2013 2012 2014 2013 2014 2013 2012 2011 2014 2013 2014 2013 2012 2012 2013 2012 (3 accounts) 2012 2011 2014 2013 2014 2013 2013 (2 accounts) 2012 (2 accounts) 2011 (2 accounts) 2014

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Townsend Kelly Townsend Michelle Ugenti Michelle Ugenti Michelle Ugenti Nancy Kay Barto Nancy Kay Barto Nancy Kay Barto Nancy Kay Barto Andy Biggs Judy Burges Rich Crandall Chester Crandell Adam Driggs Adam Driggs Gail Griffin John McComish Al Melvin Al Melvin Al Melvin Al Melvin Don Shooter Steve Yarbrough Steve Yarbrough Kimberly Yee Kimberly Yee

2013 2014 2013 2012 (2 accounts) 2014 2013 2012 2011 2014 2012 2012 2013 2014 2013 2012 2011 2014 2013 2012 (3 accounts) 2011 2014 2012 2011 2013 2011

The state of Arizona only requires legislators to disclose the source of the $500+ gift, and not the actual amount of the gift. Therefore, at a very minimum, these 82

scholarships add up to at least $41,000. However, a few legislators have itemized the actual gifts from ALEC, showing that each individual scholarship was likely valued at more than $500. In his 2011 disclosure form (meant for 2010 gifts), House Speaker Andy Tobin disclosed two gifts from ALEC: a $2,000 scholarship to attend ALECs 2010 DC fall conference and an $1,800 for Hotel/Registration at ALECs 2010 San Diego conference.

In this 2014 disclosure form, Senator Al Melvin disclosed receiving $2,300 to attend ALECs three-day Washington, DC conference in December 2013.

Melvin also disclosed a $1,800 scholarship to attend ALECs 2012 Salt Lake City conference on his 2013 disclosure form.

The amount legislators are receiving show potentially lavish wining and dining taking place: Given the cost of ALEC registration for conferences (raging for $150 to $500 for legislators) and the cost of airfare, it appears the funding ALEC is providing to legislators for hotels and/or meals is extraordinary lavish. ALEC registration fees for their 2014 conference in Kansas City:

Records show ALEC is paying for multiple trips in a single year: In 2012, Rep Justin Olson reported receiving scholarships from ALEC to attend four different meetings in one year: