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Weston received an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) “Legislator of the Year Award” in 2008, and is former member of the ALEC Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force.
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From ALEC Awardee to Americans for Prosperity
Weston, wearing her Americans for Prosperity hat, spoke at a rally in front of supporters of Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage’s massive budget cuts, stating at that rally “Finally, a governor who actually wants to give us back our money. Finally.”
Possibility of U.S. Senate Run vs. Olympia Snowe
Rumors are swirling that Weston may run against U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe in the 2012 U.S. Senatorial election. "I've worked with Senator Snowe in many different ways and I served in the House and the Senate here in Maine and certainly now in my job with Americans for Prosperity I do rein in and lobby her, and over the years I have found there are times when we certainly do disagree," said Weston. "But I also want to make sure that whoever may run against her in a primary will also have the financial support and the backing of the Maine people to win the general election. And that's something that needs some careful consideration by anyone considering running."
ALEC Touts Weston’s Introduction of their “Model Legislation”
In a Sept. 2008 edition of “Inside ALEC,” ALEC communications director Jorge Amselle wrote of Weston, “[She] has introduced and/or sponsored several ALEC Model Bills including ALEC’s Charter School Legislation and HealthCare Choices Act for States.”
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Related SourceWatch articles
- Carol Weston, Ballotpedia, Ballotpedia.org, Accessed July 3, 2011.
- Susan Cover, Weston Honored, Dems Host Dodd, Maine Today Blog, MaineToday.com/Blogs, Sept. 19, 2008, Accessed July 3, 2011.
- Jorge Amselle, Chicago, Where ALEC Began: ALEC’s 2008 Annual Meeting Inside ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC.org, Sept. 2008, Accessed July 3, 2011.
- Hon. Carol Weston Named State Director of Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Prosperity Maine Blog, AmericansForProsperity.org, Accessed July 3, 2011.
- Kevin Miller, Supporters of LePage’s budget cuts rally in Augusta, Bangor Daily News, March 23, 2011, Accessed July 3, 2011.
- Julie Sobel, Conservative Activist Not Ruling Out Snowe Challenge], National Journal Hotline On Call, HotlineOnCall.NationalJournal.com, Mar. 3, 2011, Accessed July 3, 2011.
- Jorge Amselle, Chicago, Where ALEC Began: ALEC’s 2008 Annual Meeting Inside ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC.org, Sept. 2008,a Accessed July 3, 2011.
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