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Businesses Turn Their Backs On ALEC Agenda

Businesses Turn Their Backs On ALEC Agenda

Is this the beginning of the end of the ALEC overreach?

Two of America’s best known companies, Coca Cola and PepsiCo, have dropped their membership in the conservative lobbying group behind just about every bad Republican initiatives including union-busting, reclamation of public lands, Voter ID, and “stand your ground” gun laws.

Coca-Cola was the first to announce it was leaving the group after civil rights group ColorOfChange.org launched an online drive calling on Coca-Cola to stop underwriting the ALEC agenda on voter ID laws sweeping the nation. Civil rights activists claim the laws are discriminatory and intended to suppress minority voter turnout.

PepsiCo soon followed, telling ColorOfChange that it would not be renewing its membership for 2012.

Progressive groups and shareholder activists want to drive a wedge between ALEC and its corporate members as a way to fight back on the group’s seemingly endless resources and bad model legislation. “There was no real downside because there was no public accountability. There was no transparency,” said Doug Clopp, deputy director of programs with Common Cause. “Everything up until now had been done behind closed doors, and these memberships were not known to the American people.”

It’s not just the advocacy groups calling on this kind of change and transparency. Tim Smith is a vice president with Walden Asset Management, which does what it calls socially responsible investing. He says corporate boards and top management are paying closer attention now. “They’re scrutinizing their trade association memberships, their relationships with controversial institutes,” said Smith. “And certainly I think that companies are scrutinizing their ALEC relationship more carefully, too.”

This is great news, especially if we can get more companies to follow Coca-Cola and PepsiCo’s lead.

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7:54PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Perhaps there is yet a glimmer of hope for justice in this country.

5:41AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

ah I forgot to add anyone can take part in a DOS attack on a website (or simply go visit/surf) you just gotto know where and when ... kinda like a RAVE online .. step out of line and the voting card will get ya... ie myPad blakburry or my cellphone ...

5:30AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

yeah really there is a divergence of opinion here, and to some this kind of talk is beyond comprehension.. voter id complete with photo ..cool because then .. imagine.. you now have the magic right to give your opinion on any law or proposition .. do you like the new hollywood movie press yay or nay on your magic access card cool it works.. ok that's fun so let's stop that crazy pipeline click like cool ..change your mind no problemo just unlike.. get the hang of it? sounds like this blog ...STOP.. THINK.. GO!
Remember now the system aready has all your photos and posts aliases ip numbers email accounts plus friends and contacts .. you are not anonymous... use this to vote don't be shy if you are among the 99% that really do respect others rights , love your brothers, are peaceful law abiding citizens push for this kind of reform using the tools of today phones blackbury MyPad .. get it? hope so I'm tired of waiting.

10:36PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

I must say I share Joe R's cynicism. Happy they're doing it, but don't/won't buy the products because their attitude shows in the other policies they embrace. Poisonous ingredients and environmental destruction is not atoned for by a stance taken in response to public pressure. The real heroes are those who have signed petitions and campaigned to make this happen!

9:38PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

I'm trying really hard to understand this, but i dont know anything about anything like this stuff. Maybe when I'm not so tired I will try to learn more. Until then, Sleep!

9:02PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Sometimes the pressure works...

2:37PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Can you say Gee Oh Pee anyone ??????????????????

9:17PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

If ALEC loses the majority of their financial backers I will be very happy.

Corporations are not 'individuals' no matter what the SCOTUS opinion says...
Lets also require our legislators (state AND federal) to require laws like "stand your ground" to require clear, unambiguous standards....not something like a feeling that you are in danger.

Someone on a bad 'trip' induced by any intoxicant can feel like they are in danger with no one visible around them, no weapons visible and wham....1 less living human...

10:39AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

What to say? May peace prevail and ALEC be eliminated - but GO to the polls and make your vote COUNT!

6:16AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Just because Coke, Pepsi and Kraft dropped their membership in ALEC due to public pressure doesn't mean they've changed their ideology. I remain leery of large corporations (but will still occasionally buy Oreos.)

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