Five more corporations abandon the ‘bill mill’ ALEC

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, August 27, 2012 18:01 EDT
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Amid complaints from liberal and progressive groups, five corporations have dropped their support for the right-wing policy group called the American Legislative Exchange Council.

General Electric, The Western Union Company, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Symantec Corporation, and Reckitt Benckiser Group all told Color Of Change that they no longer supported ALEC.

“These significant developments, coupled with recent withdrawals from ALEC by companies like Walgreens and GM, further prove that everyday people working together to hold corporations accountable can achieve tremendous change,” said ColorOfChange.org Executive Director Rashad Robinson.

“ColorOfChange celebrates these corporations who have withdrawn their funding from ALEC, which continues to defend its push to enact discriminatory voter ID laws across the nation.”

ALEC drafts corporate-friendly model legislation for state lawmakers and received little scrutiny until groups like Center for Media and Democracy, CREDO, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Common Cause, ProgressNow, People For the American Way, and SumOfUs.org began a campaign against the influential organization. So far, 38 companies have dropped their support of ALEC.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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