German software company SAP has ended its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
SAP follows in the footsteps of other technology giants, such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Yelp, who have all ended their affiliation with ALEC this year.
SAP says its departure is based on ALEC’s puzzling positions on a variety of issues. Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and counts on financial support from various foundations, including those controlled by the Koch Brothers. A Washington, DC-based politically ultra-conservative non-profit, ALEC thrives on operating in the shadows of the American government to push anti-worker, anti-union legislation in state houses across the country. ALEC sponsors private meetings allowing state lawmakers and corporate executives to frame legislation that is later introduced in state legislatures. The laws tilt in the favor of big business.
ALEC has pushed legislation that has been harmful to our members’ right to collectively bargain and has also proposed other anti-union policies. ALEC has found itself under major public scrutiny over the past two years, losing prominent businesses as members. But that doesn’t mean the organization is losing its influence.
ALEC has a high success rate of getting bills passed in state houses across the country. In some cases, ALEC may no longer be actively supporting bills it has drafted, but the legislation still gains traction.