Kraft Foods Ditches ALEC. Who Will Be Next?

After originally insisting they had no plans on leaving the ultra-conservative lobbying group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Kraft Foods Inc announced Thursday night it was pulling support for the group.

Kraft becomes the third high profile member to leave after the advocacy group ColorOfChange launched a campaign designed to expose the corporate members of ALEC for promoting state “stand your ground” gun laws, Voter ID, collective bargaining bans and “show me your papers” immigration laws.

Kraft issued a statement saying it would not renew its ALEC membership when it expires this spring for a “number of reasons”.

We belong to many external groups, including ALEC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes growth and fiscal responsibility.

ALEC covers numerous issues but our involvement has been strictly limited to discussions about economic growth and development, transportation and tax policy. We did not participate in meetings or conversations related to other issues.

Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons, including limited resources, we have made the decision not to renew.

The announcement was good news for advocates. “We welcome Kraft’s decision to stop supporting ALEC, an organization which has worked to disenfranchise African-Americans, Latinos, students, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor,” ColorOfChange executive director Rashad Robinson said. “We reached out to Kraft months ago and have been in dialogue with them since then to convey the concerns of more than 85,000 ColorOfChange members who called on major corporations to stop supporting ALEC.”

Now lets work on getting even more corporate members to leave.

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Bartley Deason
Bartley Deason3 years ago

Charli S.
Here is the info you asked for.

Steven B.
Thanks so very much for the lists. I appreciate it so very much! You have saved me a lot of time.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer3 years ago

Here are13 Healthcare/Medical Corporate ALEC members the ones who would rather you die and do it quickly if you are not insured…
1-800 Contacts, Inc.
American Medical Security
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
HCA Inc.
General Electric Medical Systems
Leavitt Partners
Long Term Care, Inc.
Rural/Metro Corp.
Southwest Ambulance

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer3 years ago

Here are 16 Telecommunications Corporate ALEC members, every call you make on one of these is another nail in the coffin of our democracy:

Bell Atlantic
Bell Atlantic PA
Bell Atlantic WV
BellSouth South Carolina
Cincinnati Bell
Cox Communications
Excel Telecommunications
Northern Telecom Inc.
Pacific Telesis Group
Time Warner Annual Conference
Vancom Inc.
Verizon Communications, Inc.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer3 years ago

Here are 41 Insurance Corp ALEC members who fought Health care and financial reforms:

Accredited Surety & Casualty Company Inc.
American Chambers Life Insurance
American Republic Insurance Co
Amerisure-Michigan Mutual
Amex Life Assurance Co.
Amwest Surety Insurance Co.
Associated Bond & Insurance Agency
Bankers Insurance Co.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana
CenterPoint 360
Central Reserve Life
Citizens Insurance Co.
Farmers Group, Inc.
Golden Rule Insurance
Great West Life Assurance Co.
Guarantee Trust Life Insurance
Hanover Insurance Co.
Humana Corporation
International Fidelity Insurance Co.
Lexington National Insurance Co.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
Macquarie Capital Advisors USA Inc.
MEGA Life & Health Insurance
MV Verisol
National Health Insurance
Nationwide Insurance Companies
Pacific Compensation Insurance Company
PFL Life Insurance Company
Prudential Financial
Self Insurance Institute of America
State Farm Insurance Co.
The Traveler's Companies
Time Insurance Co.
Underwriters Surety Inc.
Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC)
Wausau Insurance Companies
Zurich Insurance

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer3 years ago

There were 395 coporate members of ALEC as at the end of 2011, too many to list in Care2.
I am listing the ones who do the most damage as groups so that you know whjo is pushing the price of gas up, the ones who pushed for less regulation of the financial sector after it had caused the 2008 economic crash. The ones who funded Dick Armey's FreedomWorks which coopted the Tea Party to fight against the health care reform that we all needed. The ones who now fund Karl "Turd Blossom" Rove's Crossroads GPS that fight's now in most states where anti-democatic agenda's are being puched by Koch backed Republican Governors and Legislators... I will be posting the full list sorted by Corporate type on my blog soon and I will post the web address after I do. In the mean time copy these lists, boycott the ones you can and pass the lists to friends and family and have them do like-wise...

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer3 years ago

Here are 24 Food & Beverage ALEC Members, the ones who fight the Food & Drug Admin. regulations
Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.
Coca-Cola Company
Coors Brewing Company
Frito-Lay Inc.
General Mills Restaurants
Gerber Products
Hiram Walker & Sons Inc.
Kraft Food, Inc. (Left ALEC)
Mars Inc.
McDonalds Corporation
Nestlé USA Inc.
Outback Steak House
Quaker Oats Co.
Sara Lee Corporation
Seagram & Sons, Inc.
Shaklee Corp.
Fremont Company
Wendy's/Arby's Group
YUM! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silvers and A&W)

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer3 years ago

There are 78 energy industry ALEC members- the ones behind climate denials and EPA foes:
Alliant Energy
American Electric Power
Amoco Corp.
Artemis Exploration
Ashland Oil
Atmos Energy
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co
BP America, Inc
Carolina Power & Light
Central and South West Corp
Chesapeake Energy
Chevron Corp
Coastal Corp.
Columbia Gas of Ohio
Crown Central Petroleum Corp
Detroit Edison
Duke Energy Corp
Emerson Electric Co
EnCana Corp.
Energy Future Holdings
Energy Transfer (natural gas transport)
Enron Corporation
Exxon Mobil
ExxonMobil Corp
Florida Gas Transmission Co
Florida Power Corp
Houston Industries
Illinois Power Co
IPALCO Enterprises
Irby Construction Co
Kansas City Power and Light Co
Koch Industries and Koch Industries Public Sector
Marathon Oil Co
McMoRan Exploration Co
Michigan Consolidated Gas Co
MidAmerican Energy Co
Mt. Carmel Public Utility Co
Northwestern Energy
NV Energy
NV Energy
Peabody Energy
Pennsylvania Electric Co
Pennzoil Co
Peoples Energy Corp
Portland General Electric
Progress Energy
QEP Resources
Salt River Project
San Diego Gas & Electric
Shell Oil Company
Southern California Edison
Southern Company
Spectra Energy
Tampa Electric Co
TECO Energy
Tenneco Gas
Texaco Inc
Texas Utilities Service Co
The Wil

Lynn C.
Lynn C.3 years ago

Robert F., thanks for the link info. Will gladly sign.

Erika M.
Erika M.3 years ago

good news

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold3 years ago

Good for Kraft!!