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Coke and Pepsi cut ties with ALEC

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    Reference: Huffington Post, April 5, 2012: American Legislative Exchange Council, Ultra-Conservative Lobby, Loses 2 Major Funders

    "Succumbing to pressure from public interest groups, Coca Cola and Pepsico have severed their ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an ultra-conservative lobby group that has pushed so-called Stand Your Ground gun legislation and voter-identification bills through state legislatures across the country."

    "While portraying itself as a membership group for conservative legislators, ALEC is in fact largely corporate funded, CMD found -- and is a particular favorite of the far-right Koch Brothers."


    This is a big deal...hope to see more to come.

    Read more at the HP link above.
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    Schmidt:

    Thank God for small favors.

    In the Arizona legislature, there are 36 members of the House of Representatives who have ties to ALEC, and there are 16 members in the Senate. Earlier this week, I sent a letter to the
    Senate President, asking him to publicly disavow any association with ALEC.

    Colorado isn't as bad as Arizona. Officially, there are only 10 members of the House of Representatives, and 8 members in the Senate, that have ties to ALEC.

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Politicians#Colorado_Legislator...

    The key phrase in your post is this, "succumbing to pressure from public interest groups", which means that folks like you and me actually have the power to force the government to do do what WE want, special interests be damned.
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    Schmidt:


    According to ColorOfChange.org, three more major companies have now cut ties to ALEC:

    Johnson & Johnson
    WalMart
    Amaon.com


    The paragraph below from their newsletter also describes the other groups involved in reducing the influence of ALEC

    To date, our campaign has helped 19 of ALEC's former corporate members see the light and disassociate themselves from its toxic agenda.4 Our partners at CREDO Action, People for the American Way, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Common Cause, ProgressNow and SumOfUs.org have helped us make this happen by adding their voices to this campaign.
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    Thanks Arizona.  It's only with publicity that major corporations are "shamed" into cutting ties with ALEC.  The more the public learns about ALEC, the more companies will leave.  For those less familiar with ALEC, the ALEC Exposed website has a bullet point type of summary with links to articles in other websites.  Here's one from The Nation:

    ALEC Exposed: The Koch Connection

    "Hundreds of ALEC’s model bills and resolutions bear traces of Koch DNA: raw ideas that were once at the fringes but that have been carved into “mainstream” policy through the wealth and will of Charles and David Koch. Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: it gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding."

    Read the entire article at the above link.