Six more major companies are cancelling their American Legislative Council membership (ALEC), bringing the new total to 38.
The latest to abandon the controversial right-wing lobbying group and let their memberships lapse include technology company General Electric, financial services giant The Western Union Company, wireless telecommunications carrier Sprint Nextel Corporation, software developer Symantec Corporation, consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser Group and power utility Entergy (which also happens to be the second biggest nuclear power operators in the US).
ALEC has about 300 corporate members, according to its Web site, but high-profile companies continue to abandon the organization every month (most as their membership lapses).
“These significant defections, coupled with recent withdrawals from ALEC by companies like Walgreens and GM, further prove that everyday people are working together to hold corporations accountable achieve tremendous change,” says Rashad Robinson, executive director for ColorofChange.org, which has been among the organizations exposing ALEC’s extreme agenda.
ALEC, which operated mostly under the public’s radar until it was exposed in July 2011, is used by companies to help control state and federal laws.
The organization pushes its conservative, anti-climate agenda by writing templates of “model legislation” that make it much simpler for state lawmakers to propose laws endorsed by its backers, including the Koch family foundations, ExxonMobile and other big oil companies.
ALEC anti-environmental agenda includes trying to kill US regional climate initiatives, pushing for palm oil to be designated as a renewable fuel, creating loopholes related to the disclosure of natural gas fracking chemicals and dismantling state Renewable Portfolio Standards.
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