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Liberal political group seeks answers from Rep. Linda Upmeyer on ALEC


This news story was published on January 18, 2014.
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DES MOINES – Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic sent a letter last week to Representative Linda Upmeyer, asking that she make public information about the relationship between the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Iowa Legislature. Upmeyer is the National Chairwoman of ALEC, as well as the Majority Leader in the Iowa House of Representatives.

ALEC is the nation’s largest individual membership association of state legislators, supporting free markets, limited government, and federalism.

Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa

Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa

“Iowans deserve to know the organizations to which their elected officials are dues paying members,” said Sinovic. “And the public has a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent.”

In the letter, Sinovic asks Upmeyer to “clear up any question of membership and the relationship between ALEC and the Iowa legislature” by using her unique position in leadership of both ALEC and the Iowa legislature to answer the following questions:

  • What members of the Iowa legislature are currently dues paying members of ALEC – will you release that list to the public?
  • What dues have been paid to ALEC for Iowa legislators to become members, and how have those payments been made (by the state, by legislators individually, or by some other entity)?
  • If dues have not been paid to ALEC on behalf of legislators, why does the organization consider them to be members?
Rep. Linda Upmeyer

Rep. Linda Upmeyer

Questions and concerns have been raised recently about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), specifically whether Iowa legislators participate in the organization. Last week, the Executive Director of ALEC sent a letter to House Minority Leader Mark Smith claiming that the state of Iowa pays for all Iowa legislators to be members of ALEC, which contradicted reports that the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) has not paid dues to ALEC for any Iowa legislator since 2011.

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Background:

ALEC’s Iowa ties challenged again
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140116/NEWS09/301160075/ALEC-s-Iowa-ties-challenged-again

Image of letter sent to Representative Upmeyer

http://www.scribd.com/doc/200178743/Progress-Iowa-Request-to-Representative-Upmeyer

Full text of the letter sent:

January 16, 2014

Representative Linda Upmeyer

Iowa State Capitol

1007 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Dear Representative Upmeyer:

Important questions have been raised recently about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), whether Iowa legislators participate in the organization, and how many legislators are members. You are in a unique position to answer these questions as the national chairwoman of ALEC and in your capacity as Majority Leader in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Last week, the Executive Director of ALEC sent a letter claiming that the state of Iowa pays for all Iowa legislators to be members of ALEC, despite claims that the Legislative Services Agency has not paid dues to ALEC for any Iowa legislator since 2011.

Iowans deserve to know the organizations to which their elected officials are dues paying members, and the public has a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent.

To clear up any question of membership and the relationship between ALEC and the Iowa legislature, please provide an answer to the following questions:

  • What members of the Iowa legislature are currently dues paying members of ALEC – will you release that list to the public?
  • What dues have been paid to ALEC for Iowa legislators to become members, and how have those payments been made (by the state, by legislators individually, or by some other entity)?
  • If dues have not been paid to ALEC on behalf of legislators, why does the organization consider them to be members?

We will make public any information provided, in our continued effort to educate Iowans about the relationship between their legislators and ALEC. Thank you in advance for using your unique role in leadership both in ALEC and in the Iowa House to provide assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

Matt Sinovic

Executive Director

Progress Iowa

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5 Responses to Liberal political group seeks answers from Rep. Linda Upmeyer on ALEC

  1. never49 Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    ALEC appears to be a conservative site in support of state legislative initiative. Upmeyer is the national chair according to their web site.

    Yes, Koch is one of the contributors – so what? Its right out in the open which is more than one can say about Sinovic.

  2. LVS Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

    No body but an Idiot would believe anything this communist organization says. They lie and manipulate everything the say and then try to present it as the truth. The sheeple will follow but real people will not.

    • bodacious Reply Report comment

      January 20, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Do you know anything about ALEC? Maybe you should research it

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        January 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

        Looks to me that it is a lot like the Democrats ACORN or may it was the Black Panthers. Maybe you should look them up.

  3. BCN Reply Report comment

    January 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

    ALEC is a corporate front group funded by the Koch Brothers among others.
    It is an abomination and a perfect example of why this country is so screwed up today.
    It is sneaky, self-serving, and dishonest.
    ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group, it is much more powerful than that.

    Upmeyer needs to wake up and see ALEC for what it really is or perhaps she just enjoys being a paid lackey of the corporate puppet masters.

    Is Upmeyer loyal to Iowans or is she just having her strings pulled by the likes of the Koch brothers?

    OK Linda, are you here for Iowans or are you just a corporate minion?