Are You Supporting 'Stand Your Ground' And Voter Suppression?
1 year ago
If you're buying from these companies, then yes, you might be
In case you haven't heard, major corporations are pulling out of supporting the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC. The conservative organization says that it stands on free-market principles, limited government, federalism and individual liberties. In layman's terms, doing what you want to do if you got the money.
A wikipedia entry states:
The group provides a venue for private individuals and corporations to assist politicians in developing what it considers model laws serving the economic and political aims of its members. ALEC also serves as a networking tool among state legislators, allowing them to research the handling and "best practices" of policy in other states...ALEC currently has more than 2,000 legislative members representing all 50 states, as well as more than 85 members of congress and 14 sitting or former governors who are considered "alumni". ALEC also claims approximately 300 corporate, foundation, and other private-sector members. A list of ALEC leaders in the states includes 73 Republican lawmakers and 7 Democrats.
This week ALEC's name has taken up headlines as a handful of its corporate partners have withdrawn support after Color of Change revealed that ALEC has supported Voter ID laws and promote voter suppression and the controversial Stand Your Ground laws that may result in the exoneration of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Among the companies to distance themselves from ALEC are Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Kraft Foods. However some companies are not letting the negative press scare them away. Wal-Mart has stated that they have no plans on parting ways with ALEC and they aren't the only ones. Pfizer, Phillip-Morris, Proctor and Gamble and Reynolds American are also continuing their relationships with the organization in the face of controversy.