Another Blow for ALEC: Gates Foundation Withdraws Support
Another victory in the progressive campaign against ALEC, the right-wing corporate blueprint legislation source, which we've been documenting here at AlterNet. This time, it's a major philanthropic organization that has severed ties.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today became the latest backer to withdraw financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council.
A foundation spokesman told Roll Call that it does not plan to make future grants to the conservative nonprofit, which has come under fire from progressive activists for its support of voter identification laws and other contentious measures.
The foundation, run by the co-founder of Microsoft Corp. and his wife, contributed more than $375,000 to ALEC in the past two years and was the target of an online petition launched today by the liberal Progressive Change Campaign Committee that garnered more than 23,000 signatures in a matter of hours.
Although the grant from the Gates Fondation was a specific, education-targeted grant, ALEC on the whole has become too hot to handle. Chalk another one up for progressives seizing the moment.