ALEC Caves, Ends Guns and Voter Suppression Task Force
Right-wing organization forced into action after loss of corporate support
In what ThinkProgress is calling a "Progressive Victory," the American Legislative Exchange Council has announced that they will be shutting down their Public Safety and Elections task force, which has become better known as the "Stand Your Ground and Voter Suppression" task force.
This development follows weeks of public backlash after it was revealed that the task force was behind many of the laws that are designed to discourage the poor and elderly from voting and to protect people like George Zimmerman from going to jail for shooting people. That backlash led to many of ALEC's corporate supporters, including Coca-Coca, Kraft and Pepsi, pulling out and distancing themselves from the organization.
In an official statement, ALEC states:
We are eliminating the ALEC Public Safety and Elections task force that dealt with non-economic issues, and reinvesting these resources in the task forces that focus on the economy. The remaining budgetary and economic issues will be reassigned.
Now, before you get too happy, know that this pretty much means they will now be using all of their energy, time and resources on pulling other stunts including:
Repealing minimum wage laws
Repealing paid sick day laws around the country
Pushing rules that deem that kids eating rat poison is an “acceptable risk”
Color of Change, one of the groups responsible for the backlash, aren't jumping for joy yet either, calling the announcement a PR stunt.
To simply say they are stopping non-economic work does not provide justice to the millions of Americas whose lives are impacted by these dangerous and discriminatory laws courtesy of ALEC and its corporate backers. It’s clear that major corporations were in bed with an institution that has worked against basic American values such as the right to vote. Now that these companies are aware of what they’ve supported, what will they do about it?
[Also Read: AT&T's Right-Wing Agenda Exposed]