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In July of 2011 Journalist for DBA Press and In These Times, Beau Hodai published another in-depth research article on ALEC and the Koch Foundation. In the process of his investigation he made open record requests to legislators across the Midwest including, Racine County State Representative and Joint Finance Co-Chair, Robin Vos.
Hodai requested correspondence between Vos and ALEC, including any information about the Fiscal and Tax Policy Task Force which Rep. Vos is a member.
The following are the documents Rep. Vos sent to Hodai.
Screen shot from Vos' ALEC Documents
Since the 1950's, Wisconsin has been one of the few "no cup of coffee" states meaning officials are not allowed to accept as little as a cup of coffee unless it is offered to the public as well.
As you can see from the screen shot above (and found on page 29 of Rep. Vos' Alec Task Force document) ALEC does not provide gifts or reimbursements for legislator's time, but "scholarships" instead.
If you are lucky enough to be an ALEC legislator, you will receive $350 for travel, room and tax fees for two nights. Your registration fee is not covered, however you can submit that cost to your ALEC State Chair, who is Robin Vos.
Should your costs exceed the stipulated amount, you can submit that amount for reimbursement to your ALEC State Chair, who is Robin Vos.
You can also bring a non-task force member who's expenses can also be submitted to the ALEC State Chair, who is Robin Vos.
Is this legal? It is important to remember that ALEC meetings are not open to the public, the list of attendees is not available to the public and the model legislation created with corporate members is not available to the public.
Robin Vos has claimed ALEC reimbursement on his 2005 statement of financial interest (above). We do not know about the years afterward. Rep. Vos did not stipulate ALEC reimbursement in 2010. If you have seen records between 2005 and 2010, let us know.
Corporation Representatives creating legislation beneficial to their own interests and submitting it for task force approval.
Conservative and corporate funded "think tanks" drafting constitutional amendments to subvert Congressional authority.
Nationally elected officials proposing resolutions to strip worker rights, pay and benefits.