Why is Victor Schwartz Hiding Ties to ALEC?
A major player in the shadowy corporate front group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is now denying his ALEC membership. The Private Sector Chair of ALEC’s Civil Justice Task Force, corporate lobbyist Victor Schwartz, told a reporter that “neither he nor his law firm, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, are members of ALEC” and then declined to comment further.
Schwartz’ direct ties with ALEC are impossible to deny. He has held the title of ALEC Civil Justice Private Sector Chair several times since 1993. His role is listed on ALEC’s website, has been admitted by Schwartz in past interviews, and is included in Schwartz’ own writing. Additionally, his colleagues at Shook, Hardy & Bacon also play significant public roles in ALEC.
The spotlight is also not something that Schwartz normally shies away from. Schwartz is one of the leaders in the movement to close the courthouse doors on Americans who have been injured by corporate negligence and greed. He is a partner in the DC office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., a lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform, and the General Counsel and spokesperson for the American Tort Reform Association.
Is this a case of stage fright or are Schwartz and Shook, Hardy & Bacon embarrassed by their ALEC ties?
Additional Schwartz-ALEC Connections
- Received the ALEC’s Jeffersonian Award – ALEC's highest honor bestowed on persons in the private sector
- Listed in the ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Directory
- Presented at ALEC’s Annual Meeting and Policy Forum
- Wrote for ALEC’s Inside ALEC
- Wrote for ALEC’s The State Factor
- Wrote for ALEC’s ALEC Issue Analysis