Corporations that Have Cut Ties to ALEC

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About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


To see a list of corporations and other groups known to be connected with ALEC now or in the past, please see ALEC Corporations.

As of November 2012, 42 corporations and four non-profits -- for a total of 46 private sector members -- have publicly announced that they are cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC):

Corporations

  • Coca-Cola Company: Gave a statement to the Washington Examiner on April 4th stating that it had "elected to discontinue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council" [1]
  • Pepsi: Informed Color of Change in a letter dated January 25th that they would not renew their membership in ALEC in 2012.[2]
  • Kraft: Announced in an email on April 6th that "Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons...we have made the decision not to renew." [3]
  • Intuit: Told the Center for Media and Democracy on April 6th that they did not renew their membership when it expired in 2011. [4]
  • McDonald's: Initially defended its membership in ALEC [5] Announced on April 10th that they had made the decision to withdraw from ALEC at the end of March. [6]
  • Wendy's: Sent an email to the Center for Media and Democracy on April 11th confirming that it is no longer a member of ALEC [7]
  • Mars: Sent an email to Color of Change on April 12th, stating that they had ended their membership with ALEC [8]
  • Arizona Public Service: Told the Arizona Capitol Times on April 12th that their membership expired that summer and they would not renew it. [9]
  • Reed Elsevier: Told Reuters on April 12th that they had withdrawn "after considering the broad range of criticism being leveled at ALEC," [10]
  • American Traffic Solutions: Told the Arizona Capitol Times on April 13th that they would not renew their ALEC membership. [11]
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield: Announced on April 19th that it had not renewed its membership in February 2012.[12]
  • YUM! Brands: Told Color of Change that they would not renew their membership on April 19th. [13]
  • Procter & Gamble: Told Color of Change that it would not renew its membership on April 20th.[14]
  • Kaplan: Wrote Republic Report on April 26th, 2012 to confirm that they were no longer a member of ALEC[15]
  • Scantron Corporation: Told CMD in May 2012 that it was no longer a member of ALEC.[16]
  • Amazon.com: Announced at a shareholder meeting on May 24, 2012 that it had decided not to renew its membership in ALEC this year.[17]
  • Medtronic: Medtronic did not renew its ALEC membership in 2011 or 2012, according to a spokesperson.[18]
  • Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart told Reuters on May 30 that it is suspending its ALEC membership because "we feel that the divide between these activities and our purpose as a business has become too wide," according to Wal-Mart vice president of public affairs and government relations and ALEC corporate board secretary Maggie Sans.[19]
  • Johnson & Johnson: A Johnson & Johnson spokesperson told CMD on June 12, "We have been in dialogue with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for some time, and while we acknowledge ALEC’s recent decision to focus only on innovation and growth-supporting policies, we have decided to suspend our participation and membership.”[20]
  • Dell Computers: Dell confirmed on June 21, 2012, that it would not be renewing its ALEC membership.[21]
  • John Deere & Company told ColorOfChange.org in July 2012 that it is leaving ALEC.[22]
  • CVS Caremark told ColorOfChange.org in July 2012 that it had discontinued its ALEC membership.[22]
  • MillerCoors told ColorOfChange.org in July 2012 that it had not renewed its ALEC membership in 2012, nor does it plan to.[22]
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP) told ColorOfChange.org in July 2012 that it is not currently an ALEC member.[22]
  • Best Buy told ColorOfChange.org in July 2012 that it had not renewed its ALEC membership in 2012.[22]
  • Express Scripts/Medco (two ALEC members that merged in April 2012) told the Center for Media and Democracy and ColorOfChange.org in July 2012 that it had dropped its ALEC membership.[23][24]
  • EnergySolutions, which had been a member of ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, told CMD in July 2012 that it had been an ALEC member but was no longer "in a position to contribute at this time."[25]
  • Connections Academy, which had been co-chair of ALEC's Education Task Force, told CMD in July 2012 that it withdrew from ALEC's Education Task Force in mid-May 2012 in order to align "our affiliations with organizations whose central focus is education."[25]
  • General Motors (GM), which had been a member of ALEC's Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and its Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, told CMD in July 2012 that it had "decided to discontinue relations with ALEC at this time."[26]
  • Walgreens, which had been a member of ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force, told ColorOfChange.org in July 2012 that it "will not be renewing its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council."[26]
  • Louis Dreyfus, which sponsored ALEC's 2012 annual meeting, told CMD it had decided not to fund ALEC this year.[27]
  • Amgen, which was a member of ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force, announced its determination not to renew its ALEC membership on August 3 in response to a letter from a group of concerned shareholders and advocates led by Walden Asset Management and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).[28]
  • General Electric (GE), which was a member of ALEC's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force as of March 2011,[29] told ColorOfChange.org (CoC) that it decided not to renew its ALEC membership in July 2012.[30]
  • Western Union, which was a member of ALEC's Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force as of June 2011,[31] told CoC that the company was only an ALEC member in 2011 and chose not to renew in May 2012.[30]
  • Sprint Nextel, which was a member of ALEC's Communications and Technology Task Force in July 2011, told CoC in August 2012 that it did not renew its ALEC membership in 2012.[30]
  • Symantec, which was a member of ALEC's Communications and Technology Task Force, told CoC in August 2012 that the company's membership expired June 2010 and was not renewed.[30]
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group, which was a member of ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force as of June 2011,[32] told CoC in August 2012 that it is no longer an ALEC member.[30]
  • Entergy, which was a member of ALEC's Civil Justice Task Force as of June 2011, told Walden Asset Management in August 2012 that it did not renew its ALEC membership in 2012.[30]
  • Wells Fargo, which was a member of ALEC in 2011, told CMD in September 2012 that it declined to renew its ALEC membership in 2012.[33]
  • Merck, which told the New Jersey Star-Ledger in September 2012 that it would not renew its ALEC membership after 2012.[33]
  • Sanofi, which confirmed to CMD that it was cutting ties to ALEC in October 2012.[34]
  • Bank of America, which told Walden Asset Management that it was cutting ties to ALEC in November 2012.[35]

Non-Profits

  • Gates Foundation: Gates spokesman Chris Williams, while careful to note that Gates has never been a formal ALEC member, told Roll Call on April 9, 2012 that it does not plan to renew its financial support for ALEC's education initiatives. "We have made a single grant, narrowly and specifically focused on providing information to ALEC-affiliated state legislators on teacher effectiveness and school finance," said Williams.[36]
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS): In an official statement sent to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) on May 1, 2012, NBPTS spokesperson Brian Lewis said, "Given recent events, the new NBPTS President and CEO decided to discontinue engagement with ALEC. As a result, NBPTS terminated its membership as an Education Task Force Member of ALEC effective April 18, 2012, and also withdrew from participating in the upcoming ALEC conference. . . . The decision to participate in ALEC had been made by previous NBPTS leadership."[37]
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA): On May 14, 2012, NACSA issued a press release announcing that, "As part of our annual review processes, however, we determined that alternative strategies would be more effective in achieving these policy objectives. Thus we will not be renewing our membership in ALEC when it expires next month."[38]
  • Lumina Foundation for Education: A Lumina spokesperson told CMD on May 23, 2012, "Lumina Foundation last paid annual dues to ALEC on 10/08/10. No staff member was able to attend meetings in 2011. We decided not to renew our membership, because we were not participating."[39]

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References

  1. Washington Secrets: "Coke Caves in the Face of Democratic Threat" Washington Examiner, accessed April 19th, 2012
  2. Barbara Liston and Martinne Geller: Coke Withdraws from Group that Backs Stand Your Ground LawReuters, Accessed April 19th, 2012
  3. Barbara Liston and Martinne Geller: Coke Withdraws from Group that Backs Stand Your Ground LawReuters, Accessed April 19th, 2012
  4. Rebekah Wilce: Intuit Out of ALEC, Coke, Kraft, and Pepsi too, while Koch stands ground PRWatch, Accessed April 19th, 2012
  5. Letter from Pat Harris, Chief Diversity officer at McDonald's Corporation, to Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change. Dated February 29th, 2012
  6. Anna Staver & Ryan Grim, McDonald's Says it Left ALEC at the End of March, Huffington Post, April 10, 2012
  7. Sara Jerving: Wendy's is the 6th Firm to say it is No Longer a Member of ALEC PRWatch, Accessed April 19th, 2012
  8. Color of Change, Press Release: ColorOfChange Applauds Mars Inc.'s Decision to End its Membership in ALEC Released April 12th, 2012. Accessed April 18th, 2012.
  9. Jeremy Duda: APS ending ALEC membership; SRP considers doing same Arizona Capitol Times, accessed April 18th, 2012
  10. Reuters: Reed Elsevier, Wendy's drop conservative group Accessed April 19th, 2012
  11. Jeremy Duda: American Traffic Solutions leaving ALEC, joining APS Arizona Capitol Times, accessed April 18th, 2012
  12. Julian Pecquet, Blue Cross Blue Shield quits conservative legislative organization ALEC, The Hill, April 17, 2012
  13. Color of Change Press Release ColorOfChange Applauds Yum Brand's Decision to End its Membership in ALEC Released April 19th, 2012. Accessed April 19th, 2012.
  14. Color of Change, ColorOfChange Applauds Procter & Gamble's Decision to End its Membership in ALEC, press release, April 23, 2012, accessed April 2012
  15. David Halperin:Exclusive: Washington Post’s Kaplan and Other For-Profit Colleges Joined ALEC, Controversial Special Interest Lobby Republic Report, Accessed April 26th, 2012.
  16. Rebekah Wilce, Scantron 15th Corporation to Dump ALEC, PRWatch.org, May 22, 2012
  17. Rebekah Wilce, Amazon.com 16th Corporation to Dump ALEC, PRWatch.org, May 24, 2012
  18. Beth Hawkins, What ALEC bills might we see next session?, MinnPost, April 30, 2012
  19. Jessica Wohl, Wal-Mart ending membership in conservative group, Reuters, May 31, 2012
  20. Rebekah Wilce, Johnson & Johnson 19th Company, 23rd Private Sector Member, to Cut Ties with ALEC, PRWatch.org, June 12, 2012
  21. Brendan Fischer, Dude, You're Getting Dumped: Dell Computers is 20th Corporation to Dump ALEC, PRWatch.org, June 21, 2012
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 ColorOfChange.org, Five more major companies will no longer fund ALEC: John Deere, CVS Caremark, MillerCoors, HP, and Best Buy will no longer fund American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational press release, July 10, 2012
  23. Brendan Fischer, Express-Scripts is Twenty-Sixth Corporation to Dump ALEC, PRWatch.org, July 13, 2012
  24. ColorOfChange.org, ColorOfChange Applauds Express Scripts/Medco's Decision to End its Membership in ALEC: Company is 26th to Leave the American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational press release, July 13, 2012
  25. 25.0 25.1 Rebekah Wilce, EnergySolutions and Connections Education are 27th and 28th Corporations to Leave ALEC, PRWatch.org, July 20, 2012
  26. 26.0 26.1 Rebekah Wilce, ALEC Down 30 Corporations: General Motors and Walgreens Cut Ties, PRWatch.org, July 26, 2012
  27. Lisa Graves, A Lot of White Space: Firms Drop Off ALEC's Meeting Brochure, PRWatch.org, July 30, 2012
  28. Rebekah Wilce, Amgen Drops ALEC (Number 32) as eBay Comes Under Fire, PRWatch.org, August 8, 2012
  29. American Legislative Exchange Council, Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee Roster 2, organizational task force membership directory, March 31, 2011, p. 46, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 Rebekah Wilce, Six More Corporations Dump ALEC; 38 Companies Have Now Cut Ties with Corporate Bill Mill, PRWatch.org, August 27, 2012
  31. American Legislative Exchange Council, American Legislative Exchange Council Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development Task Force 2011 Spring Task Force Summit April 29, 2011 Attendees, organizational document, June 20, 2011, p. 8, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  32. American Legislative Exchange Council, HHS Task Force, June 29, 2011, organizational membership spreadsheet, June 29, 2011, p. 32, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  33. 33.0 33.1 Rebekah Wilce, Merck and Wells Fargo Dump ALEC, While Duke Energy Holds Out, PRWatch.org, September 14, 2012
  34. Rebekah Wilce, Sanofi Dumps ALEC, Making 41 Corporations Out, PRWatch, October 2, 2012.
  35. Rebekah Wilce, Bank of America Cuts Ties to ALEC, PRWatch.org, November 29, 2012.
  36. Janie Lorber, Gates Foundation Will No Longer Make Grants to ALEC Nonprofit, Roll Call, April 9, 2012
  37. Rebekah Wilce, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Cuts Ties to ALEC, PRWatch.org, May 1, 2012
  38. National Association of Charter School Authorizers, National Association of Charter School Authorizers Issues Statement Regarding American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational press release, May 14, 2012
  39. Rebekah Wilce, Scantron 15th Corporation to Dump ALEC, PRWatch.org, May 22, 2012