Republican Attorneys General Association

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Republican Attorneys General Association
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Party:Republican
Affiliated with:Republican State Leadership Committee
Website:http://www.republicanags.com/
The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) states that it "is the only national organization whose mission is electing Republicans to the Office of Attorney General." The organization focuses on:[1]
  • recruiting candidates
  • offering research and financial backing
  • developing campaigns

"In doing so, the RAGA is improving the talent base from which many future Governors and U.S. Senators will be drawn," according to the group's website.[1]

Background

RAGA was originally formed in 1999. In 2002, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) was formed, of which RAGA operated as a branch. In January of 2014, plans to establish RAGA as its own independent entity were announced and executed.[2][3]

When RAGA was formed in 1999, there were 12 Republican attorneys general. At the end of 2014, there were 27 Republican attorneys general.[3]

Leadership

Executive committee

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was the chairman of the RAGA executive committee in 2014-2015. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was elected to serve as the chairman in 2015-2016, and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was chosen as the 2016-2017 chairman.[4]

As of 2015, the other executive committee members are:[4]


RAGA Political, "RAGA: Then and Now," January 22, 2014

Finance

Contributions

2014 cycle

In the 2014, two-year election cycle, $27,372,269 was provided to the Republican Attorneys General Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Of this, at least $16 million was raised in 2014.[5]

Past funding

The contributions made to RAGA in 2014 amounted to nearly four times the $4.5 million raised in 2010 and dwarfed the $470,000 raised by the organization in 2002.[3]

Expenditures

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2014 cycle

According to Center for Responsive Politics data for the 2014 election cycle, the first cycle since 2002 in which RAGA operated as a separate entity, the organization spent $24,271,469. Of this total, about:[5]

  • $10.5 million was spent on media, including ads, broadcasting, consultation and other media-related expenditures;
  • $3.8 million was spent on administrative costs;
  • $3.5 million was directly contributed to other organizations or PACs; and
  • $2.1 million was spent on salaries;

The remaining $4,371,469 was put towards other expenses, which included such categories as fundraising, research costs, campaign expenses, events, infrastructure and office supply expenditures.[5]

This information was compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics according to data released by the Internal Revenue Service on January 27, 2015.[5]

Republican attorneys general

Below is a list of the 27 current Republican state attorney generals.[1]

List of Current Republican State Attorneys General
StateOfficerAssumed office
Nevada
Adam Laxalt
2015
South Carolina
Alan Wilson
2011
Michigan
William Duncan "Bill" Schuette
2011
Wisconsin
Brad Schimel
2015
Louisiana
Buddy Caldwell
2007
Alaska
Craig W. Richards
2014
Colorado
Cynthia Coffman
2015
Kansas
Derek Schmidt
2011
Nebraska
Doug Peterson
2015
Indiana
Greg Zoeller
2009
Tennessee
Herbert H. Slatery
2014
New Jersey
John Hoffman
2013
Texas
Ken Paxton
2015
Idaho
Lawrence Wasden
2003
Arkansas
Leslie Rutledge
2015
Alabama
Luther J. Strange, III
2011
Arizona
Mark Brnovich
2015
South Dakota
Marty J. Jackley
2009
Ohio
Richard Michael DeWine
2011
Florida
Pam Bondi
2011
West Virginia
Patrick Morrisey
2013
Wyoming
Peter Michael
2013
Georgia
Samuel S. Olens
2011
Oklahoma
Scott Pruitt
2011
Utah
Sean D. Reyes
2013
Montana
Tim Fox
2013
North Dakota
Wayne Stenehjem
2001

Republican Attorneys General Association, "RAGA: States' Rights," January 22, 2014

Issues and accomplishments

Bolstering states' rights and reducing the power of the federal government is one of RAGA's main principles. In a video released by the organization, several members explained RAGA's stance on this, its anchor issue. The video featured Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who said, "We are experiencing an overreach by the federal government that has never been seen before." Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens followed with, "That's not American; that's not the Constitution." Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt claimed, "A strong state federal system really is one of the great guarantors of liberty" and concluded by saying, "RAGA is about giving us the forum so that Republican AGs who are of like mind have the ability to stand up together and say to Washington, "enough."[6]

As of May 12, 2015, RAGA listed the following as some chief actions and achievements of the organization and Republican attorneys general:[1]

  • Republican attorneys general scored a major victory against Obamacare that allowed states to choose whether or not to participate in Medicaid expansion. They also have pending suits challenging the ability of the IRS to enforce certain provisions and assess penalties in the 34 states without state health exchanges.
  • They have sued the EPA [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] over its egregious proposal to unreasonably pick and choose sources of energy and, in a separate suit, are fighting the EPA’s attempt to vastly expand control over “waters of the U.S.”
  • Republican attorneys general have challenged the constitutionality of Dodd-Frank.
  • Arizona won a successful challenge against the National Labor Relations Board which challenged the state’s constitutional amendment guaranteeing worker’s rights to vote by secret ballot on whether to join a union. This case set valuable precedent that will allow these issues to be resolved at the state, not federal, level.
  • Republican AGs played a pivotal role in defeating the NLRB's politically motivated attempt to disallow Boeing's business expansion in South Carolina.
  • Republican AGs have called for tougher laws to prevent patent trolls from stifling American innovation.[7]

—RAGA[1]

See also

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