10 Companies And Counting: The Exodus From ALEC


The defections continue as businesses flee corporate lobbyist group ALEC. So far 10 businesses have left after a pressure campaign exposing those businesses that support ALEC and the legislation the group promotes–legislation like Voter ID and “stand your ground” laws.

Some of the companies that are leaving have made it clear the reason was because of those kinds of bills. Reed Elsevier, a personal information providers of services like Lexis-Nexis credited the campaign to expose ALEC’s endorsement of these measures as playing a role in its decision.  “We made the decision after considering the broad range of criticism being leveled at ALEC,” said a Reed Elsevier spokesman.

Other high profile defections include Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Wendy’s the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Arizona Public Service and Kraft.

ALEC represents the worst of our campaign finance system. It’s broad coalition of lobbyists do the work for legislators by drafting uniform model bills that best serve their narrow interests. Legislators have to do little more than copy and paste those model bills to make them their own.

That kind of lawmaking does little if any good to local constituent interests and simply encourages lawmakers to do next to no groundwork for their own bills. It’s a perversion of the legislative process and let’s hope this campaign to expose the damage these bills brings also results in significant changes in the way our state legislatures operate.


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Pepper Hume
Pepper Hume5 years ago

Lobbying has displaced government BY the people and is the worst thing to ever happen to democracy! As long as special interests "buy" and control both houses of congress behind the scenes, what chance do we have for honest government FOR the people?

Most of those regulations the Republicans hate so much would be unnecessary if they threw all the lobbyists out of Washington.

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda5 years ago

Lets hope that they won't simply regroup and go underground for a while in another place with another name, but doing the same job. People will need to be vigilant.

Mark M.
Mark M5 years ago

Notice that the companies do not depart out of their own conscience or sense of ethics, but only when the ALEC shenanigans and their own corporate guilt by association has been exposed. The companies can openly see and by all logic are aware that ALEC not only subverts the proper relationship between Congressional representatives and their constituents and the country as a whole -- BUT THAT IT IS DESIGNED TO SUBVERT THAT RELATIONSHIP. Why is it that the voting and taxpaying public can only get good corporate citizenship when the public relations office and sales and marketing CEOs at an ALEC-associated company are embarrassed by media exposure? That they don't give a damn about the health of public welfare and the body politic, but only to what degree they can help manipulate Congress to protect their bottom line? Is there no good sense anymore of RIGHT AND WRONG IN CORPORATE AMERICA?!

Edith B.
Edith B5 years ago

How about a list of sponsors that we can write to get them to remove their funding?

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Rollin', rollin' rollin', keep those companies rollin', AELC (whip crack!)

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L5 years ago

We need a full list so we can boycott the rest.

Julia W.
Julia W5 years ago

One more down, or actually up to a higher standard. But down from the list of ALEC supporters.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Activism does work -- we have to keep at it and be patient. I'm more concerned about how legislators aren't even doing their own work anymore, just accepting ALEX's stats and words, and using them in legislative bills. This has become a dangerous precedent. Does anyone strive to political life because of the old-fashioned values of wanting to serve others?

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

It's working. We just have to keep the pressure on the corporations that still support ALEC.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

Thanks for the info.