MAY 24, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Amazon becomes 16th company to stop funding ALEC

This morning, online retailer Amazon announced at its shareholder meeting that it will cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing policy group that has worked to suppress the Black vote. The announcement came ColorOfChange members and hundreds of representatives from allied groups tried to deliver more than 500,000 petition signatures to the meeting in Seattle but were turned away. The petitions were signed by members of ColorOfChange, CREDO Action, People for the American Way, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, SumOfUs and Fuse Washington.

Amazon General Counsel Michelle Wilson acknowledged that her employer had heard us loud and clear. Wilson said Amazon has distanced itself from the right-wing policy group "because of positions they've taken not related to our business." Voter suppression and attacks on workers and the environment appear to be bad for business.

You can read what Executive Director Rashad Robinson had to say about Amazon's announcement here. And if you haven't already joined us in our call to get companies to drop their support of ALEC, please join us here.

PHOTOS from today's rally, courtesy of Working Washington:


                                        organizing in Seattle