The defections continue as businesses flee corporate lobbyist group ALEC. So far 10 businesses have left after a pressure campaign exposing those businesses that support ALEC and the legislation the group promotes–legislation like Voter ID and “stand your ground” laws.
Some of the companies that are leaving have made it clear the reason was because of those kinds of bills. Reed Elsevier, a personal information providers of services like Lexis-Nexis credited the campaign to expose ALEC’s endorsement of these measures as playing a role in its decision. “We made the decision after considering the broad range of criticism being leveled at ALEC,” said a Reed Elsevier spokesman.
Other high profile defections include Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Wendy’s the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Arizona Public Service and Kraft.
ALEC represents the worst of our campaign finance system. It’s broad coalition of lobbyists do the work for legislators by drafting uniform model bills that best serve their narrow interests. Legislators have to do little more than copy and paste those model bills to make them their own.
That kind of lawmaking does little if any good to local constituent interests and simply encourages lawmakers to do next to no groundwork for their own bills. It’s a perversion of the legislative process and let’s hope this campaign to expose the damage these bills brings also results in significant changes in the way our state legislatures operate.
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