Conservative legislation-mill the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) lost yet another corporate backer as McDonalds announced it had also abandoned the organization. In fact, McDonalds was so anxious to distance itself from ALEC it announced it had preemptively left the group in March.
The news came after online advocacy group Color of Change publicly called on McDonalds to withdraw due to ALEC’s involvement with drafting and pushing “stand your ground” and Voter ID laws.
And it comes just after McDonalds had publicly defended its membership in the group in a letter to Color of Change dated February 29, 2012.
“McDonald’s is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC),” it reads. “It is important to note that while McDonald’s is a member of ALEC’s Commerce Committee, we are not a member of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board which recently passed the “Voter ID” model legislation.”
Whether the McDonalds left in March or April doesn’t matter as much as the fact that they left and that the pressure campaign is working.
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