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Wal-Mart kicks ALEC to the curb

Wal-Mart has announced it is ending its membership in the conservative advocacy group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The world’s largest retailer has been under pressure to drop its affiliation with ALEC after its role in drafting Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” Law became public.

Wal-Mart has long been criticized for paying its workers low wages. Many of its workers say they have to get assistance for healthcare from state and federal assistance programs. Los Angeles Wal-Mart workers protested this week as top associates traveled to the annual shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas.

In June, more than 10,000 Los Angeles union workers and members of the community plan to hold the largest anti-Wal-Mart demonstration held in the US.

Wal-Mart joins a growing list of corporate sponsors who have dumped ALEC over the past two months.

Other companies who have publicly ended affiliation with ALEC include: Amazon.com Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Kaplan, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mars, Inc., Intuit, Proctor & Gamble, Reed Elsevier, America Traffic Solutions, Arizona Public Services and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

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