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More groups flee ALEC

The list of corporations leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council continues to grow.

Hewlett-Packard, CVS Caremark, Deere & Co., Miller, Coors and Best Buy announced they are breaking ties with the radical organization this week.

These five companies join Amazon, Wal-Mart, 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 – all which severed ties with ALEC over the last several months.

Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and courts financial support from various foundations, including those controlled by the billionaire Koch Brothers.

Earlier this year, Florida’s “Stand your Ground” legislation put ALEC on the hot seat causing the organization to disband its public safety task force as a way to distance itself from the controversial law.

ALEC is registered as a public charity, but other organizations assert that it is too entrenched in lobbying efforts and that it shouldn’t be considered as a 501 ©(3) classification which allows it to keep its tax-exempt status while accepting grants from foundations, corporations and other donors.

Last week, a complaint filed on behalf of Clergy VOICE, a group of ministers from progressive churches in Ohio, says ALEC “elevates commercial gain for a few over the well-being of society’s less fortunate.”

Common Cause has already filed an IRS complaint against ALEC for falsely claiming tax-exempt status while lobbying.

About 98 percent of ALEC’s funding comes from corporate grants and sponsorships.

 

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