C. Gene Whisnant

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C. Gene Whisnant is a state legislator in Oregon. He is a Republican who has represented District 53 since 2003 in the State Assembly. He is the Co-Chair of the House General Government and Consumer Protection Committee.[1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Whisnant is the Oregon State Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011.[2] In August 2011, he was given ALEC's 2011 Legislator of the Year Award.[3]

About ALEC
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.

In July 2009, during the height of the anti-Obama health care reform backlash, Whisnant signed onto an ALEC letter opposing the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, which would be signed into law in early 2010.[4]

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  1. Oregon State Legislature, Representative Gene Whisnant, legislative biography, accessed July 9, 2011
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council, State Chairmen, organizational website, accessed July 9, 2011
  3. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
  4. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi, July 29, 2009
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