ALEC Too Toxic For McDonalds

Conservative legislation-mill the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) lost yet another corporate backer as McDonalds announced it had also abandoned the organization. In fact, McDonalds was so anxious to distance itself from ALEC it announced it had preemptively left the group in March.

The news came after online advocacy group Color of Change publicly called on McDonalds to withdraw due to ALEC’s involvement with drafting and pushing “stand your ground” and Voter ID laws.

And it comes just after McDonalds had publicly defended its membership in the group in a letter to Color of Change dated February 29, 2012.

“McDonald’s is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC),” it reads. “It is important to note that while McDonald’s is a member of ALEC’s Commerce Committee, we are not a member of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board which recently passed the “Voter ID” model legislation.”

Whether the McDonalds left in March or April doesn’t matter as much as the fact that they left and that the pressure campaign is working.

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Gina P.
Regina P5 years ago

Thank you McDonalds. I never thought I'd be supporting them for much, but this is good.

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M5 years ago

Kudos to McDonalds in joining the others at pulling out of ALEC.
Seems that this pressure campaign is working!!
Thank you ffor the good news Jessica.

Susan M.
Susan McKinnon5 years ago

Kudos to McDonalds. Now is the time to track down our "Representatves" and hold their little piggies to the fire. Maybe those nifty little private prisons could make some room for them---I'll bet they could find a few cots in the corner to house them for some ridiculous period of time. Suppose we give them the same amount of time that someone caught smoking a little weed would receive. That seems fair to me. Then, while they are neatly socked away, IRS could examine their tax returns and the book of their businesses just to see what solid citizens they are. I'll bet there would be some interesting stuff for the authorities to go through.

Isabel A.
Isabel Araujo5 years ago

Thank you for the information.

Valarie Snell
Valarie Snell5 years ago


Patricia M. Williams

ALEC has been working diligently for years to help the privatized prison corporate interests filling prison beds at taxpayer expense by enacting mandatory sentences and longer sentences. The result being that on any given day America has 2.3 million people in our prisons, excluding local jails, with projections increasing. We now imprison more people per capita than any other nation in the world thanks to ALEC.

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Thank you McDonald's for doing the right thing.

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

We need to keep the pressure on ALEC and the politicans involved with this unsavvory organization.

Deirdre B.
Deirdre Boyne5 years ago

Good news

Samantha Shira
Samantha Shira5 years ago

thanks for posting. great news.