New York ALEC Politicians

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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, and check out breaking news on our site.

For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of New York 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.

New York Legislators with ALEC Ties



  • Sen. John J. Flanagan, Jr. (R-2) [2]

Former Governor

  • George Pataki [3]

Former Representatives

  • Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R) held NY CD 26 until 2009. [4]
  • Rep. Robert A. Straniere (R) NY CD 13 nominee in 2008. [5]
  • Rep. Chris Ortloff, subsequently served on NY state Parole board. Currently serving 150 month prison sentence for soliciting a minor. [6]

Former Senators


  1. 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
  2. ALEC 1995 SB
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012
  4. ALEC 1995 SB
  5. ALEC 1995 SB
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995
  7. ALEC 1995 SB
  8. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid, RE: the EPA’s plan to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, March 10, 2010
  9. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  10. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  11. ALEC 1995 SB