Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Missouri ALEC Politicians - SourceWatch

Missouri ALEC Politicians - SourceWatch

ALEC is a 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. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.
This is a partial list of Missouri politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)
Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Missouri Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives


Former Representatives

Former Senators

  • Former Sen. Jason Crowell (R-27)[4]
  • Former Sen. Jane D. Cunningham (R-7); Education Task Force[15]
  • Former State Sen. and later U.S. Rep. Pat Danner (R)[4]
  • Former Senate Majority Leader Ronnie DePasco [22]
  • Former Sen. Steven E. Ehlman (R), currently County Executive, St. Charles County. [23]
  • Former Sen. Jack Goodman (R-29) (Assistant Majority Floor Leader), spoke on "Saving Dollars and Protecting Communities: State Successes in Corrections Policy" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[29] (ineligible to run for reelection in 2012; ran for presiding judge of the 39th judicial circuit and won)
  • Former Sen., now U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-6)[4]
  • Former Sen. John Griesheimer (R-26); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[21]
  • Former Sen. Chuck Gross (R-23),[4] now vice president at UMB Bank
  • Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R), attended 2013 ALEC annual meeting,[3] former chair of ALEC Education Task Force (named in 1996)[30]
  • Former Sen. David Klindt (R),[4] now vice president of and lobbyist for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives[31]
  • Former Sen. Jim Lembke (R-1); International Relations Task Force[16]
  • Former Sen. John Loudon (R-Chesterfield),[4] briefly attempted lobbying, then worked briefly for homebuilding contractors group in California and, with his wife Gina Loudon, was on "Wife Swap" in March 2013[32]
  • Former Sen. Robert Mayer (R-25); Civil Justice Task Force[9] (ineligible to run for reelection in 2012; ran for presiding judge of the 35th judicial circuit and won)
  • Former Sen. Gary Nodler (R-32)[4]
  • Former Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-17),[4] now Clay County Eastern Commissioner


  1. ↑ Jump up to:1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  2. Jump up American Legislative Exchange Council, International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting and Federal Relations Working Group, meeting agenda and materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD.
  3. ↑ Jump up to:3.0 3.1 3.2 Kinder: Right To Work Likely To Go To Missouri BallotAssociated Press, August 9, 2013.
  4. ↑ Jump up to:4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 Progress Missouri, Exposed: ALEC's Influence in Missouri, organizational report, April 2013.
  5. ↑ Jump up to:5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Health and Human Services Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  6. ↑ Jump up to:6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Jason Hancock, Free-market group draws criticism for potential role in billsSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 5, 2011
  7. Jump up Rep. Mike Colona (D-MO), ALEC IS "TOO EXTREME FOR ME AND THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI", statement to Progress Missouri, April 12, 2012, accessed April 2012.

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