April 23, 2012 15:01
The bad news keeps coming for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Late Friday, Proctor & Gamble announced it would not rejoin the shadowy group.
Proctor and Gamble released this statement:
‘Decisions about which memberships we retain are guided by budgetary considerations, value to the business and engagement on issues core to our ability to compete in the marketplace.’ The multinational corporation made the determination that ALEC does not help P&G compete for consumers’ loyalty and support.’
Proctor and Gamble joins a growing list of influential ALEC supporters who have left the organization over the past two weeks.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Reed Elsevier (owner of Lexis Nexus)
America Traffic Solutions
Arizona Public Service
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
ALEC received a double dose of bad news to start its week. The advocacy group Common Cause filed an IRS complaint accusing ALEC of falsely claiming it was a public charity while it conducted a treacherous lobby outreach extending into statehouses across the country.
Common Cause is seeking an IRS audit of the work of ALEC, penalties, and back payment of taxes.