General Electric, Western Union, Sprint Nextel, Symantec and Reckitt Benckiser Drop ALEC

ColorOfChange Commends Companies for Leaving ALEC; 38 Companies Have Now Left the American Legislative Exchange Council

August 27, 2012

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NEW YORK — Five more major national and global corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have told leading online civil rights group ColorOfChange that they have cut ties to the right-wing policy group, bringing the total of companies to drop ALEC to 38. They include: General Electric, The Western Union Company, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Symantec Corporation, and Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. The announcement of these major departures comes days before the Republican National Convention is scheduled to open in Tampa, FL.

"These significant developments, coupled with recent withdrawals from ALEC by companies like Walgreens and GM, further prove that everyday people working together to hold corporations accountable can achieve tremendous change," said ColorOfChange.org Executive Director Rashad Robinson. "ColorOfChange celebrates these corporations who have withdrawn their funding from ALEC, which continues to defend its push to enact discriminatory voter ID laws across the nation."

ColorOfChange has worked in collaboration with the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), which launched ALECexposed.org last summer to highlight the corporations and politicians that vote on ALEC "model" bills. CMD has also documented ALEC's role in pushing controversial Stand Your Ground and discriminatory voter ID laws. Other allied organizations include CREDO Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Common Cause, ProgressNow, People For the American Way, and SumOfUs.org.

Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Amgen Inc. and Entergy Corporation have also recently dropped their ALEC memberships bringing the total number of departed members to 38. These companies join General Motors, Walgreens, CVSCaremark, Best Buy, MillerCoors, John Deere, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Yum! Brands, McDonald's, Wendy's, Mars Inc., Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Intuit, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Reed Elsevier, Kaplan, Scantron, Medtronic, American Traffic Solutions, Arizona Public Service, Express Scripts/Medco, EnergySolutions, and Connections Education.

More than 100,000 ColorOfChange members signed a petition targeting ALEC’s corporate partners for their role in suppressing Black votes. The petition can be found here: http://www.colorofchange.org/campaign/alec/.

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With more than 800,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest Black online civil rights organization.

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