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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