Over 50 Organizations Call on Google to Drop Membership in American Legislative Exchange Council
WASHINGTON - Just weeks after Microsoft Corporation dropped its support for the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC, major organizations across the country have written a letter to Google executives asking for the corporation follow suit. Microsoft’s exit was likely due to ALEC’s extreme views that have become increasingly out of touch with Microsoft’s culture and corporate ideology.
During ALEC’s recent meetings held in Dallas, ALEC officers and corporate lobbyists held training seminars to teach legislators how to block legislation that encourages clean energy solutions. Just two weeks ago, ALEC wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in support of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger in which they signal their opposition to net neutrality. Both Microsoft and Google have been global leaders on net neutrality and expanding clean energy.
“Over the past two years, hundreds of thousands of Americans have signed petitions in order to ask that you take this step because of the role ALEC has played in subverting our democratic process,” the letter states. “The public knows that the ALEC operation—which brings state legislators and corporate lobbyists behind closed doors to discuss proposed legislation and share lavish dinners—threatens our democracy. The public is asking Google to stop participating in this scheme.”
Over the past two years over 80 corporations and at least 400 state legislators have dropped their membership in ALEC due to its unpopular stances and increasingly tight relationship with right-wing dark money groups. ALEC has been called a “dating service” for politicians and corporate lobbyists and is known for pushing an extreme corporate agenda at the expense of the American people.
The list of organizations who have signed the letter is below.
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Jobs With Justice
American Family Voices League of Conservation Voters
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Money Out Voters In (MOVI)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Montana Envronmental Information Center
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) MoveOn
Americans United for Change New Energy Economy
Alliance for Retired Americans Northwest Colition for Responsible Investment
Center for Effective Government People For the American Way
Center for Media and Democracy/ALECExposed Progress Now
Christopher Reynolds Foundation Progress Florida
Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington (CREW) Progress Missouri
Climate Parents Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order Milwaukee
ColorofChange.org Public Campaign
Common Cause Public Citizen
Communication Workers of America (CWA) RootsAction
Courage Campaign Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
CREDO Action Sierra Club
Democracy for America Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Demos Share Action
Energy Action Coalition Social Security Works
Forecast the Facts Stand Up to ALEC
Free Press SumOfUs
Friends Fiduciary Corporation United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
Good Jobs First United Steelworkers (USW)
Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters U.S.A. USAction
In the Public Interest We Act Radio
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Working America
Zevin Asset Management
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