Wednesday, December 4, 2013

PA Legislators asked to take pledge putting corporate front group before their oath of office


Sen. Richard Alloway and Rep. Brian Ellis pledge fealty to American Legislative Exchange Council in their role as PA co-chairs


Senator Richard Alloway (R-33, Adams, Franklin, York) and Representative Brian Ellis (R-11,
Butler), as Pennsylvania state chairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council, were asked to pledge, "I will act with loyalty and put the interests of the organization first."

This pledge to put their affiliation with ALEC over their oath of office was revealed in documents released about ALEC in an investigative report by The Guardian newspaper.
Alloway and Ellis have not publicly rejected this pledge to put a corporate front group ahead of their constituents.

"It is outrageous that Senator Alloway and Representative Ellis have put corporate special interests ahead of serving their constituents and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Michael Morrill, executive director of Keystone Progress.  Alloway and Ellis must repudiate the loyalty oath to ALEC and apologize to their constituents and all Pennsylvanians."

Keystone Progress has been the Pennsylvania leader in exposing ALEC’s role in writing Pennsylvania laws and which legislators are members of ALEC.  The documents revealed by The Guardian ALEC claims 31 legislators.  Keystone Progress has identified 41 current PA legislators who have been affiliated with ALEC.

Link to yesterday's story in the Guardian. The state chair pledge is highlighted on page 20 of the embedded document: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/03/alec-funding-crisis-big-donors-trayvon-martin
Link to the ALEC website listing Alloway and Ellis as the Pennsylvania chairs: http://www.alec.org/about-alec/state-chairmen/ 
Link to 2013 Keystone Progress report on PA’s ALEC-related State Policy Network “think tanks” the Commonwealth Foundation and the Allegheny Institute: http://www.scribd.com/doc/183674618/The-Commonwealth-Foundation-and-the-Allegheny-Institute-Think-tanks-or-corporate-lobbyist-propaganda-mills

Keystone Progress is Pennsylvania’s largest online progressive organization, with over 250,000 subscribers.  KP uses traditional field organizing, the internet and new media to organize online at the state and local level; and utilizes cutting-edge earned media strategies to promote a progressive agenda and counter right-wing misinformation. 

Known Current or Past PA Legislative Members of ALEC
Office
Name, Party
Dist
Counties
ALEC Affiliation[i]
Verification of
ALEC Link
[ii]
Rep.
Adolph, William Majority Chair, Appropriations R
165
Delaware

Paid ALEC membership dues in 2007 using taxpayer funds[iii]
Rep.
Baker, Matthew  R 
68
Bradford, Tioga
Public Safety/Elections
ALEC Dues paid by campaign funds[iv]
Rep.
Barrar, Stephen  R
160
Chester, Delaware
Civil Justice
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Boback, Karen R
117
Columbia, Luzerne, Wyoming

Inside ALEC Magazine, March, 2010[v]
Rep.
Clymer, Paul  R
145
Bucks

(Allentown) Morning Call calls him card-carrying member of ALEC[vi]
Rep.
Cox, Jim     R  
129
Berks
Commerce/ Insurance[vii]
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Day, Gary   R   
187
Berks, Lehigh

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Delozier, Sheryl    R  
88
Cumberland

Inside ALEC Magazine, March, 2010
Rep.
Ellis, Brian R
137
Butler
Current PA ALEC co-chair[viii]
ALEC website
Rep.
Gabler, Matt   R 
75
Clearfield, Elk

ALEC Expenses Paid by campaign funds
Rep.
Gingrich, Mauree    R
101
Lebanon

Inside ALEC Magazine, March, 2010
Rep.
Godshall, Robert     R  
53
Montgomery

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Grell, Glen      R    
87
Cumberland
Tax and Fiscal Policy
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Grove, Seth    R   
196
York
Communication/ Technology[ix]
Yes. ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Hahn, Marcia     R   
138
Northampton
Health/Human Services[x]
ALEC internal documents[xi]
Rep.
Harhart, Julie     R  
183
Lehigh, Northampton
Education
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Helm, Susan       R   
104
Dauphin

Inside ALEC Magazine, March, 2010
Rep.
Hennessey, Tim    R  
26
Chester

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Hess, Dick      R 
78
Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon
Health/Human Services
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Killion, Thomas  R   
168
Chester, Delaware
Commerce/ Insurance[xii]
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Knowles, Jerry  R    
124
Berks, Schuylkill

Inside ALEC Magazine, March, 2010
Rep.
Marsico, Ron      R  
105
Dauphin
Public Safety/Elections[xiii]
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Metcalfe, Daryl R   
12
Butler
Public Safety/Elections[xiv]
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Miller, Ron    R   
93
York
Communication/Technology
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Pickett, Tina    R   
110
Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Rapp, Kathy    R          
65
Forest, McKean, Warren
Education
ALEC internal documents[xv]
Rep.
Saylor, Stan    R     
94
York
Tax and Fiscal Policy
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Smith, Sam  
Speaker R     
66
Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson,

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Stephens, Todd     R    
151
Montgomery

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Stern, Jerry    R   
80
Blair

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Stevenson, RichardMajority Caucus Administrator R 
8
Butler, Mercer
Commerce
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Taylor, John   R  
177
Philadelphia

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Toepel, Marcy   R 
147
Montgomery

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Rep.
Toohil, Tarah    R  
116
Luzerne

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Sen.
Alloway, Richard R
33
Adams, Franklin, York
Current PA ALEC co-chair[xvi]
ALEC website
Sen.
Argall, David     R     
29
Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Schuylkill

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Sen.
Baker, Lisa    R  
20
Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Sen.
Browne, Patrick, Majority Whip   R   
16
Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton
Health
ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Sen.
Eichelberger, John   R   
30
Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Sen.
McIlhinney,Charles  R   
10
Bucks, Montgomery

ALEC Expenses Paid
by Public Funds
Sen.
Robbins, Robert Majority Caucus Secretary  R   
50
Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer
ALEC’s Thomas Jefferson Award winner.
Robbins website[xvii], Dues paid by campaign funds




[i] Because of the secretive nature of ALEC, we do not know the committee participation of every legislator.  We have only published committee assignments where we have verifiable documentation.
[ii] Sources include legislators’ ethics filings (www.ethics.state.pa.us), campaign finance filings (www.dos.state.pa.us), and Keystone Progress Right to Know Law request. See spreadsheet with links here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtdkUzxsmakNdF9nanA4cElvaDBNdkZJcTZ3QnZPUUE#gid=0
[iii] Document obtained by Keystone Progress via Right to Know Law requests, May 2, 2012 http://www.scribd.com/doc/93135607/PA-House-ALEC-Expenses-2003-to-2012
[iv] Campaign finance filing, www.dos.state.pa.us
[v] Inside ALEC Magazine, March, 2010.  Page now scrubbed from ALEC’s website, although it is still available in print. http://www.alec.org/am/pdf/InsideALEC/InsideALEC_March10.pdf

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