BIG News on ALEC


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.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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ALEC Backs Away From Stand Your Ground, But Is It Enough?


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Carolyn S.
Carolyn S.3 years ago

I never thought I would praise Walmart, but 'Good going'!

Susan P.
Susan P.3 years ago

as written here, my electric company is a member and since it is a co-op, by default when I pay my bill I am contributing to ALEC. This is Rural Electric Association. Needless to say, I sent them an email expressing my displeasure.

Emma B
Emma B3 years ago

I'm torn -thrilled for the demise of ALEC, and despairing that I may have to support WalMart.

Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance3 years ago

This is good news! But my concern is 'will it end up being re-incarnated under another name?'. I guess we'll find out soon enough!

If there was any doubt as to whether consumers can make a difference, this should put those fears to rest.

Carl Oerke
Carl O.3 years ago

I am glad to hear that both Walmart and Medtronic have left ALEC. When will Microsoft do the right thing and abandon ALEC?

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.3 years ago

Can't wait until it completely collapses.

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Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 3 years ago

We need to be alert!!

Barbara S.

Let's hear it for progress! We CAN make a difference, and cause change!