Today The New York Times editorial board highlighted the work of ColorOfChange and our partners to convince ALEC's corporate sponsors to abandon the right-wing group. In an editorial titled "Embarrassed by Bad Laws," the NYT called out the organization's efforts to defend itself.
Despite clear evidence that ALEC has pushed voter ID bills and Kill at Will laws, the organization has said, "it is only interested in job creation, government accountability and pro-business policies." From the NYT piece:
Now it’s clear that ALEC, along with the National Rifle Association, also played a big role in the passage of the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws around the country. The original statute, passed in Florida in 2005, was a factor in the local police’s failure to arrest the shooter of a Florida teenager named Trayvon Martin immediately after his killing in February.
That was apparently the last straw for several prominent corporations that had been financial supporters of ALEC. In recent weeks, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Intuit, Mars, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have stopped supporting the group, responding to pressure from activists and consumers who have formed a grass-roots counterweight to corporate treasuries. That pressure is likely to continue as long as state lawmakers are more responsive to the needs of big donors than the public interest.
Big business is beginning to realize the Stand Your Ground laws are indefensible.
Until now, ALEC has largely operated in the shadows while pushing discriminatory voter ID laws and lethal, so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws. The ColorOfChange community will continue to hold ALEC's corporate sponsors accountable for the damage the organization has caused nationwide.