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Sanofi Dumps ALEC, Making 41 Corporations Out


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JL
- 660 days ago - prwatch.org
The company's decision was announced at a press conference by People for the American Way (PFAW) in New Jersey upon the release of the new report, "The Voice of Corporate Special Interest in the Halls of New Jersey's Legislature."



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JL A. (272)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 8:18 am
Sanofi Dumps ALEC, Making 41 Corporations Out
by Rebekah Wilce October 2, 2012 - 7:57am


Pharmaceutical company Sanofi (formerly Sanofi-Aventis), a $33.4 billion a year company based in Paris, France, is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The company's decision was announced at a press conference by People for the American Way (PFAW) in New Jersey upon the release of the new report, "The Voice of Corporate Special Interest in the Halls of New Jersey's Legislature." (The Center for Media and Democracy/ALECexposed helped prepare that report, along with other organizations.)

Jack Cox, Sanofi head of media relations, confirmed the news with CMD.

Sanofi's blood thinner, PlavixSanofi's blood thinner, Plavix (Source: Trounce/Wikimedia Commons)Sanofi has been a member of ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force. The task force has adopted "model" legislation opposing health insurance reforms and making it harder for those injured by pharmaceuticals, as well as for the family members of those killed, to hold pharmaceutical companies liable. Sanofi was also a "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of the 2011 ALEC Annual Conference (this level of sponsorship cost $25,000 in 2010) and funded ALEC's Arizona "Scholarship Fund" to the tune of $3,000 in 2010, in addition to funding other state ALEC scholarships and previously co-chairing a state for ALEC. ALEC "scholarship funds" provide a vehicle for ALEC's corporate members to buy influence with legislators through gifts of flights, hotel rooms, and other perks denominated as "ALEC scholarships," as CMD has reported.

Marge Baker, Executive Vice President for Policy and Program at PFAW Foundation, told CMD, "ALEC isn't just bad for democracy, it's bad for business. Dozens of major corporations have learned about the harmful public policy that ALEC advocates and have withdrawn their support. We're thrilled to hear that Sanofi has dropped ALEC, and hope that other companies follow suit."

Sanofi joins 40 other corporations that have cut ties to ALEC in recent months, including Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Wal-Mart, and Sanofi competitor Merck & Co., Inc. pharmaceuticals. CMD and advocacy groups including Common Cause, ColorOfChange.org, Progress Now! affiliates, and Greenpeace are now asking State Farm, eBay, and Duke Energy to stop funding ALEC.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 9:21 am


There really is only one way to end this corruption, we must end all lobbyists from speaking to elected officials (directly or indirectly). State or Federal, this abuse of money and the system is eroding our ideas and ideals of a government directed by the votes of the people.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 9:26 am

This is rooted so deeply that doctors just assume that a drug is good to go, when in fact there is so much information that proves that is far from true. Perhaps, a more coordinated effort between doctors and pharmacists, who do hear and see the horror stories, just might be of use to the public and the doctors. Once the public understood the dangers of having TV and radio advertising selling cigarettes there was a consensus in the public, that it should no longer be done. Isn't it time we did the same with drugs?
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 9:35 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week. One option to reduce the efficacy and impact of lobbyists would be a solely public financing of campaigns........
 

Stevie A. (10)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:37 pm
I wish we could send PUBLIC THANK-YOUs to the executives of the companies who LEFT A.L.E.C.!
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:45 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Stephanie because you have done so within the last week. Stephanie, you could start a petition for that thank you (or 41 of them) here on Care2 if you chose......
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:12 pm
Very cool!
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:23 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Mitchell because you have done so within the last week.
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:26 pm
Noted & Twittered
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:30 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
 
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