Activists Push for More Corporations to Dump ALEC
Corporations (and a foundation) have been dropping ALEC right and left in recent days. These entities -- among them McDonald's, Wendy's, Kraft, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, the Gates Foundation, and Intuit -- have been under pressure to disassociate themselves from a group that has been key in passing discriminatory voter ID laws and "stand your ground" legislation, and them doing so has been a big win for progressives.
And progressive activist groups aren't stopping. They're keeping pressure on companies that still align themselves with ALEC to abandon ship. Common Cause released a statement this morning targeting GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer. “The public is fed up with big pharmaceutical companies pursuing profit over the interests of the average American. ALEC’s pro-corporate agenda to limit voting rights, undermine our public schools, assault collective bargaining and weaken laws protecting our environment is in diametric opposition to the public interest,” said Common Cause president Bob Edgar. “This is neither good business nor responsible corporate citizenship.”
Meanwhile, more than 362,000 individuals have signed petitions created by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), ColorofChange, CREDO Action, and other progressive groups encouraging companies to ditch ALEC. Specifically, PCCC's petition right now targets AT&T, State Farm, and Johnson & Johnson.