Companies Respond to ALEC Boycotts

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Rally outside of ALEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2012. Photo courtesy of The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch.

Rally outside of ALEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2012. Photo courtesy of The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have both ended their relationships with the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a corporate-backed organization that has been in the spotlight recently because of its support for the controversial voter ID and Stand Your Ground laws.

Yesterday, the Center for American Progress issued a report condemning conservative efforts to disenfranchise poor and minority voters. The report blames ALEC for drafting voter ID bills being put in place by state legislators from Maine to Texas.

Also yesterday, the advocacy group Color of Change called for a boycott of Coca-Cola, citing the company’s support for ALEC and ALEC’s role in voter suppression. Just hours later, Coca-Cola issued the following statement:

The Coca-Cola Company has elected to discontinue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Our involvement with ALEC was focused on efforts to oppose discriminatory food and beverage taxes, not on issues that have no direct bearing on our business. We have a long-standing policy of only taking positions on issues that impact our Company and industry.

Other companies affiliated with ALEC have released statements defending their relationships with the with the organization. Walmart said its membership does not affirm its agreement with every policy created by the group and professed a belief that “every American should exercise their right to vote,” while Kraft Foods said its relationship with ALEC is purely business.

UPDATE: April 6, 2012 — Kraft Foods announced Thursday night that it would not renew its ALEC membership when it expires this spring for a “number of reasons.”

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  • Anonymous

    Dear Kraft Foods and other ALEC-friendly companies,
    Your “purely business” relationship with ALEC is harming American taxpayers, and bypassing the democratic process.  It’s time for this relationship to end.

  • 44monterey

    The boycott is such a powerful tool not to be using more. More power than the fear of death, the fear of loosing money.

  • Jeanette Lee

    I don’t buy at Walmart anymore (two years going now), you really can do without all the junk they sell, and I am organic so I don’t buy any food items…besides there are much better alternatives to Wal-Mart and their corporate elite ideas…

  • Scott Mullinix

    Now the pressure needs to be on and State Farm, both big contributors,.

  • Jo

     If thy words be too luxuriant, confine them, lest
    they confine thee. He that thinks he can never speak enough, may easily
    speak too much. A full tongue and an empty brain are seldom parted.

  • Lauriharrisblackmon

    One day we all will have to stand before God and answer for how we live our lives here on earth.  The bible does tell us that man will destroy the earth, this is happening as we speak daily. The love of money is the root to all evil…ALEC company is that evil that humans really needs to be aware of. Remember who perscuted Jesus and why…if only the devil knew by perscuting him would saved man kind he wouldn’t have ever persued the death of Jesus. We all will be held accountable for our sins as well as our deeds sooner than later. The Lord gave us a choice to choose him and in choosing the Lord it does not include hate or greed.  God is the creator of the earth and man kind…being made from the earth and the spirit of the Lord; should incline us to love without limits. We should not love conditionally! Search out your heart and research what love truly is…
    from my understanding according to the word of God; there are three types of love. Find out what type of love you hold in your heart. The bible also teaches us about the 7 churches in Revelations…please know out of the 7, there are only 2 you will want to fall under. Do your own research and you will find the truth in the word of God and not ALEC! Obey the law of God, which is the law of the land…TEN COMMANMENTS. The TEN COMMANMENTS applies to the Constitutions of the USA. God will also use people to speak his spoken word…Leaders of Radical Delivers for Christ.

  • Lauriharrisblackmon

    Ten Commandments is the Law…not ALEC!!!

  • Fcdi3579

    Tell Bill not to retire. I was lost when his show was off the air.

  • Jenna99

    i’m with you! it surprizes people when they find out i never shop at walmart. i always explain why and encourage them t0 “think with their money”.

  • Floyd Cathey

    There is nothing wrong with requireing voters to present ID’s. To even sugest that it harms minorities is nothing but a lie. The only persons harmed will be those who have NO right to vote in the first place or those who commit voter fraud and do not wish to be prosecuited. One person, one vote, by citizens only.

  • AnimalSpirit

    Policy Brief on the Truth About “Voter Fraud”Analysis

    * Fraud by individual voters is both irrational and extremely rare. * Many vivid anecdotes of purported voter fraud have been proven false or do not demonstrate fraud. * Voter fraud is often conflated with other forms of election misconduct. * Raising the unsubstantiated specter of mass voter fraud suits a particular policy agenda. * Claims of voter fraud should be carefully tested before they become the basis for action.

    The above can be found on the Brennan Center for Justice as well as other reputable resources that dispute it. We actually have members of congress that represent districts they have not lived in for decades as they sold their homes.  Senator Lugar would be one such example of that and how can you declare an address as yours if you sold the home in the 1970’s and have since resided in DC or a neighbor state such as VA?

  • AnimalSpirit

    I’m with you as I’d rather support a small business where I may pay a little more than give money to a greedy oligarch like the Walton family.  I too buy organic and shop at a small independent health food grocery store in Sacramento, CA.  Besides, how much junk can we collect and as i get older I feel a need to scale down and think thoughfully of any purchases I make. 

  • AnimalSpirit

    So you believe in Armageddon and all the gloom and doom.  We are the ones that judge ourselves the most harshly and in my world God is a loving, forgiving God.  Any bad deeds we have committed can be righted by the laws of karma.  Our planet is going through a solar shift and we will all have the opportunity to ascend if we choose to do so.  We will have to abide by universal laws of course.  We will have opportunities to learn our true history and not the one that has been distorted by the churches, educators, etc.

    God bless you and Namaste.

  • Guest

    The burden is not on the voter who has registered by proper means to ensure his/her right to vote by showing his/her state ID at the the election polls.


    The burden is not on the voter who has registered by proper means to ensure his/her right to vote by showing his/her state ID at the the election polls due they have already gone through the register who are hired professionals hired by the State, it is not necessary to ask for the State ID’s after already going through that check through the State Registers.