BIG News on ALEC!

More Corporations Abandon Right-Wing Group Under Pressure from Progressives

There’s big news on the ALEC front today: both retail giant Wal-Mart and Medtronic, a medical device company, have decided to dump the secretive right-wing group. It appears that ALEC’s campaign to promote controversial voter suppression and so-called Stand Your Ground laws played a role in Wal-Mart’s decision to part ways with the group:

Previously, we expressed our concerns about ALEC’s decision to weigh in on issues that stray from its core mission ‘to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets,'” Maggie Sans, Wal-Mart vice president of public affairs and government relations, said in a May 30 letter addressed to ALEC’s national chairman and executive director.

We feel that the divide between these activities and our purpose as a business has become too wide. To that end, we are suspending our membership in ALEC.”

Here’s the recap of where we stand on ALEC:

54state legislators have now dropped ALEC.

19major corporations have dropped ALEC, including big names like Amazon.comCoca-ColaPepsiCoKraftWendy’sMars, Inc.KaplanProcter & GambleYum! BrandsBlue Cross/Blue Shield,  Intuit,

4non-profit organizations have dropped ALEC, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It appears that ALEC may be headed toward the same fate as the notorious climate-denying Heartland Institute, which has been abandoned by many of its corporate donors after it crossed the line one too many times.

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