Big businesses continue to shy away from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Bank of America (BofA), one of the largest banks in the United States, is reportedly cutting ties to ALEC. The banking organization says it is not renewing its membership next year because of budget constraints.
Bank of America joins an ever-growing list that includes: General Electric, Western Union, Sprint Nextel, Symantec, Reckitt Benckise, Amgen, General Motors, Walgreens, 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, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Amgen Inc. , Entergy Corporation, Arizona Public Services and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
ALEC has been quiet for months after it had been scrutinized for its operating structure.
The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch reports ALEC convened its annual policy summit in Washington, DC this week.
ALEC continues to insist it does no lobbying, even as it continues to match legislators with corporate lobbyists and executives to develop legislation.
ALEC spent nearly $5million on closed-to-the-public conferences with state legislators and task forces aimed to advance business drafted legislation. Don’t think for a minute that the group’s silence means it isn’t cooking up new bills for 2013. Common Cause has posted some of ALEC’s draft legislation on its web site.
In addition, ALEC continues to find ways to hide how it operates. ALEC-member legislators appear to be using personal email accounts to conduct business and to avoid public scrutiny.
ALEC can continue to hide its activities but the IAFF will continue to be on guard and fight legislation harmful to our members.