ALEC Teeters as Boycott Success Forces Members to Flee

The successful boycott of ALEC is the sending the organization into a PR tailspin, and forcing members to flee and rebuke the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Republic Report was the first to confirm that the for profit Washington Post owned education company Kaplan was a member of ALEC. Kaplan later confirmed that they were only a member for a year, and that they are currently no longer a member of the organization. The major development here isn’t that Kaplan dumped them. According to Kaplan Higher Education, they left ALEC in August 2011.

The fact that the ALEC brand name has become so damaged that previous members feel compelled to make it publicly known that they are no longer involved with the organization is a major development. The boycott has been so successful at negatively defining the organization that some companies no longer what their name associated with ALEC.

The boycott has made ALEC a dirty four letter abbreviation that is bad for business. Being associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council now carries a negative public perception. Companies don’t want to be publicly tied to an organization that actively works to suppress voting rights, champions stand your ground laws, and operates behind closes to doors to bypass the democratic process in order to enact a pro-corporate agenda.

Companies are not only dropping ALEC, but former members are speaking out against the organization. When Yum! Brands dropped ALEC, they gave their reason as, “We belief that the crafting of legislation should be done in public, rather than behind closed doors.”

Procter & Gamble said they left ALEC because
, “In deciding to part ways with ALEC, Procter & Gamble has acknowledged that it can’t in good conscience market products to Black communities while at the same time handing over customers’ dollars to a right-wing think tank that has worked to suppress the Black vote.”

As these former members leave, the American people are getting confirmation ALEC’s real purpose. ALEC isn’t simply a pro-business organization. They have a vast conservative social agenda which they are looking to enact behind closed doors on a state by state basis. ALEC has been actively advocating for private school vouchers and public charter schools. ALEC has also been pushing model laws across the country that targets academic freedom and free speech for college students.

They were able to accomplish much of their agenda by forging close relationships with Republican legislators at both the state and federal levels. ALEC wrote the bills, and the state level Republicans introduced and passed them. The Republican/ALEC conspiracy to violate our nation’s democratic principles depended on secrecy.

After their secrecy was shattered ALEC should have known that some type of popular push back was coming, but they did nothing to prepare. The boycotters have been able define ALEC with shocking ease and simplicity. They have turned ALEC into an undesirable affiliation, and they have made life very uncomfortable for the organization’s remaining membership.

The counteroffensive by ALEC has been limited to begging right wing media for help, and cheap publicity stunts. ALEC still has the backing of many corporations and conservative billionaires, but their days of secretive agenda setting appear to be moving closer to coming to an end.

Just like a vampire exposed to sunlight, ALEC’s power and influence are beginning to turn to dust.

8 Replies to “ALEC Teeters as Boycott Success Forces Members to Flee”

  1. The fact is, that ALEC works against the very people who buy the products of the corporations that are members. How in the heck does that make a dime’s worth of sense for a Corporation? You want to belong to a Organization that writes bills that raise the taxes on the middle class and the poor which means less money to spend on your product? Do you think that joining this organization to make sure that no laws were passed against you wouldn’t affect the people that come through your doors? It doesn’t sound to me like many of these heads of corporations are worth the millions that they get paid if they can’t think that one out.

    Now it’s just a matter of getting to your own representatives. Without threatening them, tell them that their name is going to be pasted liberally all over the place as a member of an organization that works against the people of the United States

  2. Watch out. You spray one cupboard, the bugs go to another. Some of these bugs are likely regrouping where they think we won’t see them.

  3. Forget the businesses, read this re: the GOP’s involvement:

    http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/18377732/article-Republicans-defend-their–ties-to-ALEC?instance=home_news_top_bullets

    Excerpts re: GA’s GOP involvement:

    State Sen. Chip Rogers, of Woodstock, is the national treasurer of ALEC.

    Just six years ago, Cobb’s own Earl Ehrhart, a state representative from Powder Springs, was the national chairman of ALEC. Ehrhart says those who criticize the non-partisan group “hate free markets and individual liberties.”

    ALEC, he said, “operates completely transparently and upfront, spending non-taxpayer money — unlike the avowed crazies who are part of the groups that don’t like ALEC,” Ehrhart said. “We’re not communists. We have Jeffersonian principles. It’s in the mission statement. Individual liberty. Free markets. That’s the basic stated, four-decades-old mission of ALEC, and it’s basically a restatement of our founding fathers. I’ll put that up against communists and socialists and crazed Occupy bath-needing leftists. I think the majority of the people in this state will side with ALEC.”

    *****

    So someone thinks most people in GA will side with ALEC? *shakes head sadly*

  4. Shiva – read local GA newspaper’s report on GOP in GA involvement.

    Shiva may have shivers after reading about the insane position some of them use to defend their invovlement.

  5. Having the right motives for being an over the top influence peddler is not a legitimate reason. The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, calls themselves a non-partisan, ideologically conservative , non-profit organization. They are in fact, ideologically conservative which makes them saying that they are non-partisan an oxymoron. They are a right wing influence peddler that has done nothing but further a radical right wing movement and no one I know would even think of calling them communist or socialist because socialism and communism at least work financially for longer than trickle down economics (they call it supply side economics), which never worked except on paper. Reagan paid Afghanistan troops to attack the U.S.S.R. with hit and run guerilla tactics which the Soviet Union ended up bankrupt trying to get rid of them. Then Afghan rebels tricked George Bush into the same kind of bankruptcy that Reagan did to the U.S.S.R. Even the name “Legislative Exchange Council” implies that they have some control over our legislative body. It is merely an appropriate sounding name for “Corruption”.

  6. “Individual liberty. Free markets.”

    Voter suppression is NOT what our founding fathers had in mind when they spoke of individual liberties. And free markets? Seems like it’s the free market working right now in getting rid of ALEC. The people are speaking.

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