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Who’s Dumping ALEC Now?

Another corporation has announced it is ending its membership in the shadowy lobbying organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Amgen, a California-based pharmaceutical company is the 31st company to drop its membership. Amgen is the world’s largest independent biotechnology firm in the world.

This has been a long, hot summer for ALEC, which has seen its corporate sponsors leave in droves since its operating structure has been scrutinized.

Amgen follows the lead of Hewlett-Packard, CVS Caremark, Deere & Co., Miller, Coors, Best Buy, 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 in leaving ALEC this summer.

You can go to the Center for Media and Democracy web site to see who is retaining its membership in ALEC.

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

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 (c)(3) classification which allows it to keep its tax-exempt status while accepting grants from foundations, corporations and other donors.

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  • Joe Timmsen (Muscatine)

    9/6/2012 3:42:41 PM |

    Has anyone touched on Nationwide and Liberty Mutual both are members of ALEC according to www.alecexposed.org a website that I found in an article in the International Fire Fighter magazine I receive monthly as part of my union membership.  Ironic that both these companies have ads in this very magazine.  It's doubly ironic that the IAFC benefit corporation on the IAFF website is partnered with Nationwide.  Wow, talk about irony.  Someone please tell me i'm wrong?!  Isn't this like PETA partnering with Oscar Meyer?

  • Mesha Williams (International Association of Fire Fighters)

    9/19/2012 10:03:56 AM |

    Dear Mr. Timmsen,

    Thank you for your email. I appreciate your concern and also had the same reaction when I saw the listings of those who have been associated with ALEC in the past. This organization has, over the past few years, become a tool used by those who would harm our interests. Prior to that, this group was relatively innocuous. This has changed. When this list was brought to my attention, I immediately read the footnotes and discovered that those companies in bold at the site link below are known to be recently associated with ALEC, you will notice that both Liberty Mutual and Nationwide are not in bold. www.sourcewatch.org/index.php

    I notified both companies that their names are on the list and that they should disassociate themselves with this problem by contacting sourcewatch and requesting that a note be added by their name to make it clear that they are not currently connected. I sent the note below (under my signature) to Liberty Mutual and a similar one to Nationwide making this request. Both companies confirm that their relationship to ALEC ended prior to 2005. I know that their PR departments are aware of the importance of distancing their organizations from this group. To date, I do not know where they are with respect to contacting sourcewatch to have the notation made on the website.

    Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

    Carrie R. Tucker
    Chief Operating Officer
    IAFF Financial Corporation

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