Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Losing Support? Good!

Apparently, the organization known as ALEC is facing some financial problems and has lost some corporate members. ALEC promotes a pro-business, anti-labor, anti-public school, anti-middle class agenda by pushing their own legislation to state and federal elected officials.

The Guardian has an article about ALEC's financial crisis:

...The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the "Prodigal Son Project".

The target firms include commercial giants such as Amazon, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Kraft, McDonald's and Walmart, all of which cut ties with the group following the furore over the killing of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida in February 2012.....

...Despite the losses, Alec continues to be supported by some of the largest rightwing foundations in the country, including the energy tycoons the Koch brothers, the Bradley Foundation and the Searle Freedom Trust set up by the creator of NutraSweet. Alec's list of corporate members includes companies such as the telecoms firm AT&T, energy concerns Exxon Mobil and Peabody Energy, the pharma company Pfizer, drinks giant Diageo and the tobacco multinational Altria....

Visit the article at The Guardian for a very interesting article, including documents about membership and finances.

>>> The Guardian has another article about how ALEC is trying to go after people who are using solar energy.