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Paul Farrow is a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 98. He was elected in 2010 and is the former owner of a home inspection business.
Paul Farrow was up for two election on November 6, 2012. Farrow won his reelection bid for the 98th Assembly District, and also won the Republican primary for the recently vacated 33rd Senate district. There is no Democratic challenger, so Farrow is expected to easily win the special general election in December of 2012.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Paul Farrow is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and is a legislative member of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force. In 2010, Rep. Farrow accepted a $500 donation from ALEC member corporation Alliant Energy.. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rep. Farrow co-authored 10 bills that reflect ALEC models, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy.
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.
ALEC bills supported
2011 Regular Session:
- Sponsored AB 110 (Special Needs Scholarship) - Compare to ALEC model legislation, the ALEC Special Needs Scholarship Program Act (pdf)
- Sponsored AB 7 (Voter ID) - Compare to ALEC model bill Voter ID Act(pdf)
- Sponsored AB 94 (School Choice) - Compare to ALEC model legislation The Parental Choice Scholarship Accountability Act(pdf)
- Sponsored AJR 31 - Commonly known as the "Transportation Tax and Fee Restriction Amendment" - Compare to ALEC's Resolution in Opposition to the Use of Transportation Taxes Except for Investment in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure (pdf)
- Sponsored AB 6 (Capital Gains) - Compare to ALEC model legislation The Capital Gains Tax Elimination Act(pdf)
- Co-sponsored AB 79 (Castle Doctrine) - Compare to ALEC's model bill, the Castle Doctrine Act(pdf), also approved by the NRA
- Co-sponsored SB 10 (Capital gains) - Compare to related ALEC legislation from The Capital Gains Tax Elimination Act(pdf)
- Co-sponsored SB 6 (Voter ID) - Compare to ALEC's Voter ID Act - See also AB 7
- Co-sponsored SJR 23 (Transportation Tax and Fee Restriction Amendment) - Compare to AJR 31 (above), and similar to ALEC's "Constitutional Amendment Restricting the Use of Vehicle Fees and Taxes for Highway Purposes" (pdf)
Bills voted for:
- AB 40 (2011-2013 Biennial Budget) - Compare to ALEC's Title Pledge Act (pdf), ALEC's Public Employees Portable Retirement (PRO) Act (pdf), ALEC's Alternative Methods of Court Appearances Act (pdf) and ALEC's Anti-Crime (Secured Release) Act(pdf)
- AB7 (Voter ID)
- AB 4 (School Choice)
- AB 11 (Budget Repair Bill) - Compare to ALEC's Public Employee Freedom Act (pdf) and ALEC's model Public Employer Payroll Deduction Policy Act(pdf)
- AB 5 (Supermajority) - requires a supermajority to pass tax increases. Compare to ALEC's model Super-Majority Act(pdf)
Room 105 West
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708
245 Hillwood Ct.
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Telephone (608) 266-5120
- VoteSmart Assembly Member Paul Farrow (WI), database, accessed August 1, 2011
- Wisconsin Vote, 2012 Election Results, accessed November 27, 2012.
- Democracy Addicts SmartALEC Database - Paul Farrow, accessed August 2, 2011
- Democracy Addicts Paul Farrow, Project SmartALEC/Wisconsin legislators. Database. Accessed August 1, 2011
- State of Wisconsin Wisconsin State Legislature - Paul Farrow, government webpage, accessed August 1, 2011