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2012
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ALEC: American Legislative Exchange Cancer



The hits keep coming for transparency activists praying for the demise of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the über-conservative front group responsible for anti-union, pro-privatization and voter suppression legislation, among other ills. After massive members Coke, Pepsi and Kraft pulled out of the group, spokespeople for McDonald’s, Wendy’s and The Gates Foundation announced plans to do the same. The news has been a boon to progressives online and off who have been trying to draw attention to ALEC’s undue political influence and corporate ties for years.

Activists have begun to target ALEC’s members, flooding their phone lines and social media outlets and promising to boycott. The murder of Trayvon Martin has acted as the tipping point in the matter, as ALEC was a major proponent of the “stand your ground” law that initially appeared it would allow Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, to walk free. The coalition of organizations leading the charge includes heightened ridicule, and for good reason. Nothing displays ALEC’s aloof, 1percentric nature more than confusing millions of individuals taking discrete, concerted action with a “well-funded” campaign. These clowns are an American cancer, and even corporations are starting to realize it.

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