The number of companies leaving ALEC is now up to 18 courtesy of Amazon.com. The reason these companies are leaving the shadowy organization that partners corporations with lawmakers to create legislation that the corporations write themselves is because of public shame. Threat of boycott does work…these corporations stand to lose a lot of money based on how they are viewed and after spending tens of millions to improve their corporate image….the last thing they need is a protracted PR battle that will drag their name through the mud….and lead to a loss of customers do to an organized boycott.
Amazon is a major multi-national corporation that can now be added to a growing list of companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft, Wendy’s, Mars, Inc.,Arizona Public Service, the National Board for Professional Teaching StandardsScantron, TheNational Association of Charter School Authorizers, Kaplan, Procter & Gamble, Yum! Brands,five Pennsylvania legislators, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Reed Elsevier, American Traffic Solutions,Intuit, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Courtesy of ThinkProgress – article HERE:
According to an email ThinkProgress received from the Center for Media and Democracy, one of the leaders of aprogressive campaign to push corporations and other funders to break with the American Legislative Exchange Council, online retail giant Amazon.com just announced that it will part ways with ALEC. In the wake of this campaign, ALEC eliminated a task force that pushed voter suppression laws and the so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws that played a significant role in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting, but the conservative group remains committed to other priorities such as repealing minimum wage laws, eliminating capital gains and estate taxes, and blocking safeguards that protect children from eating rat poison.
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