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Score one for the good guys: After being pressured by Color of Change and other progressive groups, Coca-Cola has left ALEC -- the cynical corporate coalition that has pushed a bevy of anti-democratic, anti-middle class, and anti-consumer initiatives.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Color of Change targeted ALEC after the Trayvon Martin case and ALEC’s role in Florida’s stand your ground law. They sent an email to its mailing list calling on corporations to stop supporting ALEC  that read in part:

You and more than 85,000 Color Of Change members have called on corporations to stop supporting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of its role in voter suppression.

We contacted Coca-Cola to make sure they understand that through their membership in ALEC, they are supporting racially-discriminatory voter ID... They told us they recognize the importance of voting rights but claimed that they weren't responsible for ALEC's voter ID legislation.

But it doesn't matter whether the company had a direct role in the legislation -- by funding ALEC, Coca-Cola is supporting an effort to disenfranchise African-Americans, Latinos, students, the elderly, the disabled and the poor. Eventually, representatives from Coca-Cola stopped responding to our emails and phone calls.

Will you help us hold Coca-Cola accountable for supporting voter suppression?

Think Progress reports, Coke officials told the Washington Examiner today:
The Coca-Cola Company has elected to discontinue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Our involvement with ALEC was focused on efforts to oppose discriminatory food and beverage taxes, not on issues that have no direct bearing on our business. We have a long-standing policy of only taking positions on issues that impact our Company and industry.
Think Progress notes, the withdrawal came just five hours after Color of Change sent their email.

Other companies still left to pressure to leave ALEC:
Walmart, AT&T, Bayer, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Pfizer and UPS.

It would be great if progressives could end any and all support for ALEC and the legislation they push that promotes the interests of corporations over the interests of the voters of the states where they are passed.  ALEC needs to disappear along with any support and membership from any politician in any state. Chalk one up for progressives.

Originally posted to notdarkyet on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM PDT.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  How about that? Score one for the good guys. (44+ / 0-)

    "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.." - John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961. We are the 99%.

    by IndieGuy on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:50:37 PM PDT

  •  Good to hear! Coke has a long and bad rep on (22+ / 0-)

    civil rights issues. I have a cousin a couple of times removed that took them to the woodshed a few years ago, biggest settlement in history, as I recall? ;-)

    Keep up the pressure, folks, it works!

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

    by FarWestGirl on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:51:58 PM PDT

  •  You might want to edit this: (24+ / 0-)
    Other companies still left to pressure to leave ALEC:
    Walmart, AT&T, Bayer, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Pfizer and UPS.
    b/c if your diary is correct, we don't need to continue to pressure Coke, do we?

    Just sayin'...

    I call him Rick Scumtorum because he IS scum: pond scum, with the brain of an alga.

    by Youffraita on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:09:22 PM PDT

  •  Yea, ALEC is really bad news (20+ / 0-)

    There was a Fresh Air interview with one of their leading lights in North Carolina a few months back.

    I mean it's one thing for corporations to push laws that fatten their bottom lines, pernicious though that is. But what's the big boon for them in pushing these barbaric Stand Your Ground laws?

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:42:15 PM PDT

    •  I agree DM, ALEC is an insidious organization (12+ / 0-)

      with blood on its hands.
         Its agenda is racist, sexist, and they are the leading purveyors of the class warfare being waged currently on the working class people of this Nation.
          And now that they're being outed, smart companies would be wise to bail on this horrible, misguided group.
          Common decency alone would demand such action.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 01:44:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  They're supported by gun makers (4+ / 0-)
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      whose bottom lines are helped by people being able to use guns in more situations. Also, there are more ideological right-wing organizations that are members of ALEC as well, including the NRA.

      Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, unapologetic supporter of Obama and Occupy. Tammy Baldwin for Senate and Recall Walker!

      by fearlessfred14 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 07:35:46 AM PDT

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      •  The list of corporations that lobby via ALEC is (5+ / 0-)

        a long one.

        Often overlooked is ATT and Verizon and how they push for a small cabal to rule communications and media.

        Senator Franken has a new subcommittee to fight these actions.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

        State model legislation to outlaw municipal broadband is very active, especially in the Southeast.  Muni broadband is the best way to deliver inexpensive Internet access to everyone.  Instead ATT, Verizon and cabal companies want to have a monopoly to sell us expensive monthly connections.  Same applies to cell services.

        Congressional elections have consequences!

        by Cordyc on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:09:44 AM PDT

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        •  "ATT, Verizon and cabal companies" (1+ / 0-)
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          I love it!

          "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

          by Demi Moaned on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 12:30:21 PM PDT

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        •  How come these people who are so against (1+ / 0-)
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          regulation and government interference are always trying to outlaw something?  Birth control, early voting, and now municipal broadband???  It's bad naughty over-regulation if someone stops your company from dumping chemidals in the local creek, but it's fine to over-regulate broadband, because any Real American knows it's a CRIME for your town to have municipal broadband.

          Yeah, right.

          Sick puppies.

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          by Fiona West on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 03:33:01 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for posting. Coke has been in the sites of (20+ / 0-)

    many for supporting the model legislation of ALEC including the Voter ID bills that would disenfranchise one of their largest targeted market: college students.  Many frats and student activists have been trying to get their universities to drop contracts with Coca-Cola for more than a year.

    Pressure from the Progressives on top of the students obviously became too much.  Coke and ALEC are both international now (Atlantic Bridge UK Scandal last year) and since we've been able to get ALEC into the Euro media following the scandal, Coke's membership was made known over there.

    Tipped and Rec'd.

    Now onto Walmart...:)

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    by Bob Sloan on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:45:59 PM PDT

  •  Thanks. (4+ / 0-)
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    by blueoregon on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 09:15:24 PM PDT

  •  You know, it makes me wonder. (14+ / 0-)

    If ALEC is writing legislation, and corporate lobbyists are writing legislation, and congressional aides are reading the bills, why are we paying the members of Congress for not doing the jobs we sent them to DC to do?

    "They love the founding fathers so much they will destroy everything they created and remake it in Rush Limbaughs image." MinistryofTruth, 9/29/11

    by AnnieR on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 09:17:26 PM PDT

  •  Good, one down, more to go, goodbye ALEC (2+ / 0-)
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    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 09:59:49 PM PDT

  •  Oh, so they just joined so protect their bottom (3+ / 0-)
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    line.  So that would ultimately mean they would support Republicans and oppose Democratic values.

    Ooops.  But they didn't really mean it that way.  Sure.

  •  Republished to American Legislative Transparency (5+ / 0-)
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    Project.  We need to work to make ALEC toxic to all of its legislative members and corporate members and funders.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 10:01:58 PM PDT

  •  We need to watch for the new organizations (6+ / 0-)

    that will pop up as soon as too many of these companies jump the ALEC ship. Because kochroaches can always find a new dark spot once the light is shone on their current home.

  •  One of the best things to come from (10+ / 0-)

    the Wisconsin protests was the exposure of the Kochs and ALEC.  They've been pulling the strings for a long time while hiding under their rocks.

    Sunlight.  It burns them.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 10:49:07 PM PDT

  •  UPS? (8+ / 0-)

    Our friends the Teamsters organize UPS drivers.  Maybe they can apply some pressure.  Thanks for the info.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 11:07:49 PM PDT

  •  After a long time away, I think I'll go out (5+ / 0-)

    and have a Coke.
       And a smile.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 11:42:07 PM PDT

  •  Great victory! Onward to the next! (4+ / 0-)
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    by AllisonInSeattle on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 12:23:22 AM PDT

  •  About fucking time. (6+ / 0-)

    I have an addiction to Coke Zero.  There is nothing in it, but it tastes good and is very thirst quenching.  I refused to buy any because of their affiliation.

    Looks like we are back in business. I may indulge my addiction once again.

  •  Now, just wait (3+ / 0-)
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    For the reactionary whine!

    How helpless corporations' rights are being taken away by leftie bullies.

    Funny how democracy works...

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    by ask on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 02:48:25 AM PDT

  •  That's great news (3+ / 0-)
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    but, if Coke can clean acid off of a car battery, why would someone want to put that in their body? Just curious.

    I almost left the building, but I decided to stay.

    by secret38b on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 04:02:48 AM PDT

  •  I believe I heard that (8+ / 0-)

    PepsiCo also left ALEC -- long piece on NPR this a.m. in which they said Kraft flat out refuses to break ties.

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 04:23:03 AM PDT

  •  five hours is pretty good turn around... (1+ / 0-)
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    I think corporations are beginning to hate the new social media activism.   :)

    "Orwell was an optimist"

    by KnotIookin on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 07:29:38 AM PDT

  •  NPR (1+ / 0-)
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    did a good piece on it this morning. The organizations like ALEC have to be exposed, they only work well in the shadows. The name has to become toxic.

  •  Pepsi left also (1+ / 0-)
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    "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
    Real journalists know that lies do not bring "balance" to truth! (h/t elwior)

    by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 08:34:12 AM PDT

  •  Republished to American Legislative Transparency (1+ / 0-)
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    Project, whose goal is to spotlight the activities of ALEC and to make ALEC toxic to both its legislative and private sector members.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:31:53 AM PDT

  •  Action: Contact Kraft Foods for not leaving ALEC! (1+ / 0-)
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    On an NPR story that you can read in full here, Kraft says they are not leaving ALEC.

    But certainly not every corporation: On Wednesday, another well-known company, Kraft Foods, said it was keeping its membership in ALEC.

    A spokeswoman for Kraft said its only concerns at ALEC are business related and have nothing to do with stand your ground or voter ID laws.

    Of course, by funding ALEC, they are funding all of ALEC, including Stand Your Ground laws, voter ID laws,  union busting laws, deregulation of the environment, and more.  So Kraft's statement is bulls#$t!

    On the website of Kraft Foods, I found two ways to contact them.  They say:

    To contact our head office, please call 1-847-646-2000

    Or contact them by email here

  •  One Down... (1+ / 0-)
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    a whole shedload to go. Full list of corporate donors here:

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/...

    It's hard to avoid patronizing the whole list.

    Advisors for President-Elect Barack Obama feared the new administration would face a coup if it prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a new report out this morning.

    by Kurt Sperry on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:09:07 AM PDT

    •  Here's the print-out: (0+ / 0-)

      CenterPoint 360, W. Preston Baldwin - Chairman
      Altria Group, Daniel Smith
      American Bail Coalition, William Carmichael, Jerry Watson
      AT&T, William Leahy
      Bayer Corp., Sandy Oliver
      Coca-Cola Company, Gene Rackley
      Diageo, Kenneth Lane
      Energy Future Holdings, Sano Blocker
      ExxonMobil Corporation, Randall Smith
      GlaxoSmithKline, John Del Giorno
      Intuit, Inc., Bernie McKay
      Johnson & Johnson, Don Bohn
      Koch Companies Public Sector, Mike Morgan
      Kraft Food, Inc., Derek Crawford
      Peabody Energy, Kelly Mader
      Pfizer Inc., Michael Hubert
      PhRMA, Jeff Bond
      Reed Elsevier, Inc., Teresa Jennings
      Reynolds American, David Powers
      Salt River Project, Russell Smoldon
      State Farm Insurance Co., Roland Spies
      United Parcel Service (UPS), Richard McArdle
      Wal-Mart Stores, Maggie Sans

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:40:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's Just the Corporate Boardmembers (1+ / 0-)
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        Here's the long list:

        A
        Abbott Laboratories[5]
        Accredited Surety & Casualty Company Inc.[4], Gene Newman (Vice President of Industry Relations & Marketing) spoke at an ALEC workshop in 2009[6]
        Alcoa Recycling Co.[4]
        Alexander & Baldwin Inc.[4]
        Alkermes, Inc. (biotechnology company), Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Allergan, State corporate co-chair of Tennessee,[3] "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3]
        Alliant Utilities -Interstate Power Company (now Alliant Energy)[5]
        AlliedSignal Automotive (now Honeywell)[4]
        Altria Group, ALEC Private Enterprise Board member,[1] co-chair of the International Relations Task Force[9] and "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8]
        Alza Corporation (now part of Johnson & Johnson)[4]
        Amazon.com, "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        AmerenCIPS[5], sponsor of "Missouri Night" at Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans during the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[10]
        AmerenUE[5]
        American Chambers Life Insurance[4]
        American Crop Protection Association[4]
        American Cyanamid Co.[4]
        American Electric Power, member of ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force,[11] "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3][4]
        American Express Company[5][4]
        American Home Products Corp
        American Medical Security[4]
        American Republic Insurance Co[4]
        American Stores-Jewel/OSCO[5]
        American Traffic Solutions (road safety camera and automated toll collections program company[12]), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force member[13]
        America West Airlines (now US Airways)[4]
        Amerisure-Michigan Mutual[4]
        Ameritech[4]
        Amex Life Assurance Co.[4]
        Amoco Corporation[5][4]
        Amway Corporation[5][4]
        Amwest Surety Insurance Co.[4]
        Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.[4]
        Archer Daniels Midland[5]
        ARCO[5][4]
        Argosy Gaming Co.[4]
        Arizona Public Service Company[14][4]
        Artemis Exploration[4]
        Arthur Anderson[5]
        ASARCO Incorp.[4]
        Ashland Oil[4]
        Associated Bond & Insurance Agency[4]
        Astra/Merck (now AstraZeneca and Merck)[4]
        AstraZeneca, State corporate co-chair of Delaware[3][4]
        AT&T, Private Enterprise Board member,[1], State corporate co-chair of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas,[3] Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force member,[15] "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3][4]
        Atmos Energy, "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        B
        Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.[4]
        Bank of America[5]
        Bankers Insurance Co.[4]
        Barrick Gold Corporation[4]
        Baxter Healthcare Corporation[5][4]
        Bayer Corp., Private Enterprise Board member,[1] State corporate co-chair of Massachusetts, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas[3] and "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Bell Atlantic[4]
        Bell Atlantic PA[5]
        BellAtlantic WV[4]
        BellSouth Corp. (now AT&T)[4]
        BellSouth South Carolina[4]
        Beneficial Management Corp.[4]
        BI Incorporated (a GEO Group Company)[4]
        Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8][5][4]
        BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8]
        Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas[5]
        Boehringer Ingelheim[16][4]
        Boeing Corporation[5][4]
        Boyd Gaming Corp.[4]
        BP America, Inc., "President" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($100,000 in 2010)[8][5][4]
        Bristol-Myers Squibb[17][4]
        Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation (now part of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company)[4]
        Browning-Ferris Industries (licensed trademark of Allied Waste Industries)[4]
        Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8]
        Burroughs Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline)[16][4]
        C
        Cahill, Wolfgram and Associates (PR firm in DeForest, WI)[4]
        Caliber System, Inc. (in receivership as of June 2011)[5][4]
        Caltest/Omstar[4]
        CARE CPA[4]
        Cargill, Inc.[5]
        Carolina Power & Light[4]
        CashAmerica ("pawn loans and fast cash advances"[18]), "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
        Caterpillar, Inc.[5]
        Celgene Corporation[19], State corporate co-chair of Illinois[3]
        CenterPoint 360, ALEC Private Enterprise Board member[1]
        Central and South West Corp. (now part of American Electric Power)[4]
        Central Illinois Light Co. (now AmerenCILCO)[4]
        Central Reserve Life[16][4]
        CenturyLink (formerly Qwest Communications until April 2011, preceded by US West, Inc.), "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        Chemical Banking Corp.[4]
        Chesapeake Energy, "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        Chevron Corporation[5], "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Chrysler Corporation[5]
        CIBA-GEIGY[16][4]
        Cincinnati Bell[4]
        CINergy (now part of Duke Energy)[4]
        Citizens Insurance Co.[4]
        Civic Initiatives, LLC ("works with public sector clients to achieve maximum results from complex procurements and public-private partnerships"[20]), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member[21]
        Cleco, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3]
        CN (Canadian National Railroad), "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8]
        Coastal Corp.[4]
        Coca-Cola Company[1]

        Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp.[4]
        Coldwell Banker[4]
        Columbia Gas of Ohio (now part of NiSource)[4]
        Columbia Healthcare (now HCA Inc.)[4]
        Comcast[22], State corporate co-chair of Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri and Utah[3] and recipient of ALEC's 2011 State Chair of the Year Award[23]
        Commonwealth Edison Company (now Exelon)[5]
        Connections Academy[24]
        ConocoPhillips, "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Coors Brewing Company[5][4]
        Cornell Abraxas[5]
        Corrections Corporation of America[25][4]
        Cowart Group (Louisiana architectural firm[26]), member of ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting Louisiana Host Committee[3]
        Cox Communications, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3]
        Crown Central Petroleum Corp.[4]
        CQ Roll Call (state legislative tracking and online advocacy tools business), Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        CSX Corporation, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Cyprus AMAX Minerals Co. (now part of Freeport-McMoran)[4]
        D
        Deere & Company[5]
        Dell, Inc., ALEC Education Task Force member[27]
        Del Webb Corp.[4]
        Detroit Edison[4]
        Diageo[1]
        The Dial Corp. (now part of Henkel)[4]
        Digital Equipment Corp.[4]
        Digital Products Co.[4]
        Douglass Financial Corp.[4]
        Dow Chemical Company, ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force member[11] and "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Dow Corning[4]
        DowElanco (now a division of Eli Lilly)[4]
        Duke Energy Corp., State corporate co-chair of Indiana and South Carolina[3]
        DuPont[5][4]
        E
        Eastman Chemical Co.[4]
        Economy Plumbing Inc.[4]
        Eli Lilly and Company, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Emerson Electric Co., ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force member[28]
        EnCana Corporation, "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        Energy Future Holdings[1]
        Energy Transfer (natural gas transportation company), "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        Enron Corporation[5][4]
        Entergy, "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
        Environmental Management Corporation[5] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3][4]
        Excel Telecommunications[4]
        Executone[4]
        Express Scripts (pharmaceutical retailer), sponsor of "Missouri Night" at Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans during the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[10]
        ExxonMobil Corporation, Private Enterprise Board member,[1] "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3][4]
        EZCorp (pawn shops and payday loans), "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8]
        F
        Farmers Group, Inc.[4]
        FedEx, Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Executive Committee member,[2], "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
        Fidelity Investments[5] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3]
        Fieldstead & Co.[4]
        First Chicago NBD[5]
        Fleet Bank (now part of Bank of America)[4]
        Florida Gas Transmission Co.[4]
        Florida Power Corp.[4]
        Ford Motor Co.[4]
        Fort Howard Corp. (now part of Koch Industries' Georgia-Pacific)[4]
        Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Fremont Company[5]
        Fremont Pacific Compensation Insurance Group (now Pacific Compensation Insurance Company)[4]
        Frito-Lay Inc.[4]
        Fruit of the Loom (a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway)[5]
        G
        Gates Corp.[4]
        Gaylord Container[5]
        GEICO[5][4]
        Genentech, Inc.[16][4]
        General Electric[4]
        General Electric Capital Corp.[4]
        General Electric Medical Systems[16]
        General Mills Restaurants[4]
        General Motors Corporation,[5][4] ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member[21]
        Genesee & Wyoming Inc. ("short line and regional freight railroads in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium"[29]), "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8]
        George K. Baum & Company[5]
        Georgia-Pacific (owned by Koch Industries), ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting Louisiana Host Committee member[3][4]
        Gerber Products[4]
        GlaxoSmithKline, Private Enterprise Board member[1] and State corporate co-chair of New Mexico, New York and North Carolina[3][4]
        Golden Rule Insurance[16][4]
        Great West Life Assurance Co.[4]
        Growmark Inc.[5]
        Grumman Data Systems[4]
        GTE Corporation (now Verizon)[5][4]
        GTECH Corp. (gaming technology and services company now part of Lottomatica Group)[4]
        Guarantee Trust Life Insurance[30]
        Gulf States Toyota, "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        H
        Hancor, Inc. (now part of Advanced Drainage Systems)[5][4]
        Hanover Insurance Co.[4]
        Harris Deville & Associates (public relations & lobbying), "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8] and Louisiana Host Committee member[3]
        Harris Trust and Savings Bank (Harris Bank)[5]
        Henkel (German consumer products firm)[4]
        Hiram Walker & Sons Inc. (now owned by Pernod Ricard)[4]
        Hoechst-Roussell Pharmaceutical Corporation[16]
        Hoffman-La Roche[16]
        Hoffman-La Roche, Inc.[5]
        Hollywood Casino Corp.[4]
        Homestake Mining Co. (now part of Barrick Gold Corp.)[4]
        Household International[5][4]
        Houston Industries[4]
        HP, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8]
        Humana Corporation[16]
        Hunt Guillot & Associates (engineering firm with offices in LA, TX & PA), Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Hutchinson Technology[4]
        I
        IBM[4]
        Illinois Power Company[5]
        Illinois Tool Works[5]
        Imperial Chemical Industries Pharmaceuticals (acquired by AkzoNobel in January 2008)[31][16]
        Independence Mining Co. (now owned by General Metals Corp.)[4]
        Industrial Biotechnology Association[16]
        Inland Steel Industries[5]
        International Fidelity Insurance Co.[4]
        International Game Technology[32]
        International Paper[5], "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8][5][4]
        Intuit, Inc.[1], "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
        IPALCO Enterprises (Indianapolis Power & Light)[4]
        Irby Construction Co.[4]
        J
        Jacobs Entertainment (film buying and marketing firm[33]), "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        JC Penney Co.[4]
        John Deere & Company,[4] ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member[21]
        Johnson & Johnson[1], "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Inc. (now Vivendi)[5]
        K
        K12 Inc., Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Kansas City Power and Light Co. (now part of Great Plains Energy)[4]
        Kansas City Southern (an "international transportation holding company" that owns, among other things, the Panama Canal Railway Company), "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Know Who (political contact information company), Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Koch Industries and Koch Industries Public Sector, Private Enterprise Board member,[1]State corporate co-chair of Kansas[3] and "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Kraft Food, Inc.[1], "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        L
        Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc.[4]
        Laidlaw Transit Ltd.[4]
        LaSalle National Bank[5]
        Leadership Directories, Inc. (political contact information business), Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Leavitt Partners (Utah healthcare and food safety business advisory firm) - Director Cheryl S. Smith spoke on "Health Insurance Exchanges: States in Charge!" at ALEC's 2011 Annual Meeting[34]
        Lederle Laboratories[16]
        Lexington National Insurance Co.[4]
        Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.[4]
        LifeSaver Interlock Holdings, Inc. (manufacturer of ignition interlocks to be installed in the vehicles of DUI offenders), Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Logix Solutions, Inc.[5]
        Long Term Care, Inc.[16]
        LouisDreyfus Commodities, "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
        LTC Inc. (structural and specialty steel detailers)[4]
        M
        Macquarie Capital Advisors USA Inc., ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member[35]
        Marathon Oil Co.[4]
        Mars Inc., Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Mary Kay Cosmetics[4]
        Maximus[4]
        Mayflower Contract Services Inc[4]
        McDonalds Corporation, ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Executive Committee member[2][4]
        McKinsey & Company (Partner Jeffrey Lane, Private Enterprise Board Member 2008)[36]
        McMoRan Exploration Company ("exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in the Gulf Coast area... focused on the 'deep gas play,' drilling to depths of 15,000 to 25,000 feet... and on the 'ultra-deep gas play' below 25,000 feet," principal operating subsidiary MOXY[37]), "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
        MEGA Life & Health Insurance[5][4]
        Merck[16], "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Michigan Consolidated Gas Co.[4]
        Miles Inc.[4]
        Micron Technology (semiconductor company[38]), State corporate co-chair of Idaho[3]
        Microsoft Corporation[5]
        MidAmerican Energy Company[5]
        Miller Brewing Company (now MillerCoors)[5][4]
        Milliken & Co.[4]
        MMR Group (Electrical & Instrumentation Construction, Maintenance, Management, and Technical Services company[39]), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force member[13]
        Mobil Oil Corp. (now Exxon Mobil)[4]
        Monsanto[4]
        Motorola, Inc.[5]
        Mt. Carmel Public Utility Company[5]
        MV Verisol (motor vehicle insurance verification company), Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.[16][4]
        N
        National Health Insurance[16]
        Nationwide Insurance Companies[4]
        Nestlé USA Inc.[4]
        Nevada Power (now NV Energy)[4]
        Newmont Mining Corporation[4]
        Norfolk Southern, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8]
        Northern Telecom Inc.[4]
        Northrop Grumman[4]
        Northwestern Energy ("one of the largest providers of electricity and natural gas in the northwest quadrant of the United States"[40]), State corporate co-chair of Montana[3]
        Novartis, given ALEC's 2011 Private Sector Member of the Year Award[23]
        NV Energy, State corporate co-chair of Nevada[3] and Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force member
        NYNEX Corp. (now [{Verizon Communications]])[4]
        O
        Olin Corporation[4]
        OptumInsight (previously Ingenix, which was a wholly owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group and was sued for fraud by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in 2008 and "agreed to put $350 million into a class-action restitution fund to pay physicians and policyholders for services provided by out-of-network providers."[41] The Optum health service businesses have a new name but are still subsidiaries of UnitedHealth Group.[42]), representatives Tom McGraw, Vice President of Government Program Integrity, and Wayne Neff, Senior Vice President of OptumHealthPublic Sector, spoke at a "Medicaid Crisis in the States: Private Sector Solutions You Can Use" workshop at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[43]
        Outback Steak House[4]
        Outdoor Systems[4]
        OXY USA Inc. (Occidental Petroleum Corporation)[4]
        OxyChem (Occidental Petroleum Corporation)[4]
        P
        Pacific Telesis Group[4]
        Parke-Davis[16]
        Parquet Public Affairs (Orlando, Washington and New York PR firm)[21]
        Peabody Energy, Private Enterprise Board member[1], State corporate co-chair of Illinois and Wyoming,[3] 2011 winner of ALEC's Private Sector Member of the Year Award[23] and "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8]
        Peoples Energy Corporation[5]
        Pennsylvania Electric Co.[4]
        Pennzoil Co.[4]
        Pepsi-Cola[4]
        Pfizer Inc., Private Enterprise Board member[1], State corporate co-chair of Colorado, Nebraska and Wisconsin[3] and "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        PFL Life Insurance Company[16][4]
        Pharmacia & Upjohn[5]
        Phelps Dodge Corp. (purchased from Newmont Mining by Freeport-McMoran)[4]
        Philip Morris Companies (now Altria)[4]
        Phillips 66 Petroleum (now ConocoPhillips)[4][5][4]
        Pinnacle West Capital[44]
        Pioneer Financial Services[4]
        Placer Dome US Inc. (now part of Barrick Gold)[4]
        PNC Mortgage Corp. of America[4]
        Portland General Electric[4]
        Procter & Gamble, member of ALEC Private Enterprise Board as of 2009[45][4]
        Progress Energy, State corporate co-chair of South Carolina[3]
        Promus Companies,[4] (hotel management company that owned Holiday Inn and later Doubletree and Harrah's and is now owned by Hilton Hotels)
        Prudential Financial[4]
        Q
        QEP Resources ("natural gas and oil exploration and production company"[46]), "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        Quaker Oats Co. (now part of PepsiCo)[4]
        R
        Reed Elsevier, Inc.[1]
        Repco[4]
        Reynolds American[5], Private Enterprise Board member,[1] recipient of ALEC's 2011 Private Sector Member of the Year Award,[23] "President" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($100,000 in 2010)[8], member of Louisiana Host Committee,[3] sponsor of American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks' "Leadership Dinner" speech[23] and sponsor of the "Cigar Reception"[47][4]
        Rhone-Poulenc Rorer[5][16][4]
        Roadway Services[4]
        Robert Huff Designs (manufacturer of State, County, and City seals), Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        R.R. Donnelley & Sons[5]
        Rural/Metro Corp.[4]
        Ryder Systems, Inc.[4]
        S
        Safety-Kleen Corp.[4]
        Salt River Project, Private Enterprise Board member[1] and State corporate co-chair of Arizona[3] as of 2011[4]
        Sandoz Corp.[4]
        Sanofi/Sanofi-Aventis[1], "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
        San Diego Gas & Electric[4](utility that provides natural gas and electricity to San Diego County and southern Orange County)
        Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corp. (now part of Newmont Mining Corporation)[4]
        SAP America, awarded ALEC's 2011 Private Sector of the Year Award[48]
        Sara Lee Corporation[5]
        SBC Communications Inc.[4](company changed its name to AT&T Inc. after it purchased its former parent company, AT&T Corporation)
        SCANA Corp.[4]
        Schering-Plough (since acquired by Merck)[16][4]
        Schwan's Sales Enterprises Inc.[4]
        Seagram & Sons, Inc. (Seagram assets have since been acquired by other companies, notably Coca-Cola, Diageo and Pernod Ricard)[4]
        Self Insurance Institute of America[4](member-based association dedicated to protecting the business interests of companies involved in the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer industry)
        Shaklee Corp.[4]
        Shell Oil Company, ALEC Civil Justice Task Force member,[49] "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010),[8] member of Louisiana Host Committee[3] and sponsor of the August 4th, 2011, Plenary Session speeches of ALEC "scholars" Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore[50][4]
        Sierra Pacific Power Co. (now NV Energy)[4]
        SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline)[4]
        Solvay Pharmaceutical[16][4]
        Sony Corp.[4]
        Southern California Edison[4]
        Southern Company[4]
        Southern Pacific Transportation Co. (now part of Union Pacific)[4]
        Southwest Ambulance (now part of Rural/Metro)[4]
        Southwestern Bell Corp. (now AT&T)[4]
        Southwire Co.[4]
        Spectra Energy (natural gas infrastructure company), "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8]
        Sprint / United Telephone Company of Texas (now Sprint Nextel)[5][4]
        State Farm Insurance Co., Private Enterprise Board member,[1] recipient of ALEC's 2011 Private Sector Member of the Year Award[23] and "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8]
        State Net (private company reporting on state legislation, with clients including "five of the nation's ten largest companies"[51]), "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        Strategic Advocacy Group[4](public relations firm for businesses)
        Sun Company Inc.[4]
        Sundstrand Corporation[5]
        Syntex Corp. (now part of the Roche Group)[4]
        T
        Takeda Pharmaceutical (global pharmaceutical company based in Japan), State corporate co-chair of Alaska, South Dakota and Washington,[3] recipient of ALEC's 2011 State Chair of the Year Award,[23] "President" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($100,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3]; Takeda Head of Governmental and External Affairs David L. Dieter also spoke at a plenary session at the 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Tampa Electric Co. (the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy)[4]
        Taser International Inc. (stun gun maker), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force member[52]
        TECO Energy[4]
        Tenneco Gas[4]
        Texaco Inc.[5][4]
        Texas Utilities Service Co[4](subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings)
        Thomson Reuters Accelus (created by the Thomson Corporation's purchase of Reuters in 2008[53]), Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[3]
        Thunder Basin Coal Co. (now part of Arch Coal)[4]
        TicketMaster[4] (was a ticket sales and distribution company that merged with Live Nation to become Live Nation Entertainment)
        Time Insurance Co. (an Assurant Health member company, formerly Fortis Health)[4]
        Time Warner, State corporate co-chair of Ohio,[3] "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        TogetherRX Access (an LLC with 18 pharmaceutical member corporations[54]), "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of and exhibitor at 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
        Gulf States Toyota, "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        The Traveler's Companies[16]
        Tropicana (now owned by PepsiCo[4]
        TRW Inc. (now part of Northrop Grumman)[4]
        TXANS[4] (works with Texan employers on injury prevention and the provision of workplace injury benefits by non-subscribers to workers' compensation)
        U
        Underwriters Surety Inc. (sister company of American Surety Company)[4]
        Unilever (owner of Axe deodorant, Dove soap, Pond's cold cream, Suave shampoo, Vaseline petroleum jelly, Signal toothpaste, Surf laundry soap, Slim Fast weight loss foods, Lipton tea, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Breyers ice cream, and Country Crock margarine), State corporate co-chair of Maryland[3][4]
        Union Pacific Corporation[5], "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8]
        United Airlines[5]
        UnitedHealthcare, "Chairman" level sponsor of and exhibitor at 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee;[3] representatives Tom McGraw, Vice President of Government Program Integrity at subsidiary OptumInsight, Wayne Neff, Senior Vice President of subsidiary OptumHealthPublic Sector, and Russell C. Petrella, Community & State President of UnitedHealthcare, spoke at a "Medicaid Crisis in the States: Private Sector Solutions You Can Use" workshop at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[43]
        United Infrastructure Co.[4](design/build contractor operating internationally)
        United Parcel Service (UPS), Private Enterprise Board member,[1] Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Executive Committee member[2] and State corporate co-chair of California[3]
        The Upjohn Co. (now part of Pharmacia AB, Monsanto and Pfizer)[4]
        UPS Airlines, State corporate co-chair of Kentucky[3][4]
        U.S. Generating Company[5], "Vice Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        UST Public Affairs Inc. (now United States Smokeless Tobacco Company[5][4]
        US West, Inc. (later Qwest Communications, and CenturyLink as of April 2011)[5][4]
        UtiliCorp United Inc. (now part of Black Hills Corporation and Great Plains Energy)[4]
        V
        Vancom Inc.[4]
        Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC)[5]
        VASA Brougher[4](was acquired by the Centris Group)
        Verizon Communications, Inc., Private Enterprise Board member[1] and State corporate co-chair of Virginia and Wyoming[3]
        Viad Corp.[5]
        Visa, "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8] and sponsor of the August 5th, 2011, Plenary Session speech of FreedomWorks' Dick Armey[3]
        W
        Wackenhut Corrections (now G4S)[5]
        Wallace Laboratories[16]
        Walgreens, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8][4]
        Wall Street Journal (owned by Murdoch's News Corporation), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force member via Editorial Board member Stephen Moore[28]
        Wal-Mart Stores[1][4], "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8]
        Walt Klein & Associates[4]
        Wardwell Braiding Machine Co.[4](supplier of braiding textile equipment)
        Washington Times[5]
        Waste Management Inc.[4]
        Wausau Insurance Companies (a member of Liberty Mutual Group)[4][5]
        Wendy's International Inc. (now the Wendy's/Arby's Group)[5]
        WellPoint, "Director" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
        Western Fuels Association, Inc.[4]
        West Publishing Co.[4]( subsidiary of Thomson Reuters)
        Westvaco Corp. (now MeadWestvaco)[4]
        Whiteco[4]
        The Williams Company (natural gas company[55]), State corporate co-chair of Oklahoma[3]
        WMX Technologies Inc. (formerly Waste Management Inc.)[4]
        Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories (now Pfizer)[5]
        X
        Xcel Energy, State corporate co-chair of Wisconsin[3]
        Y
        YUM! Brands (owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver's and A&W), State corporate co-chair of Kentucky[3] and Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Labor and Business Regulation Subcommittee member[21]
        Z
        Zoom Cycle Accessories[4]
        Zurich Insurance[5]
        A daunting roster to go after.

        Advisors for President-Elect Barack Obama feared the new administration would face a coup if it prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a new report out this morning.

        by Kurt Sperry on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 12:04:48 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Good news (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Amber6541

    about Coca Cola, I'm a longtime TaB drinker, so this makes me feel better about drinking it. :)

    http://www.thehamandlegsshow.com

    by jham710 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:15:39 AM PDT

  •  Just read that State Farm is a supporter of ALEC (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Amber6541

    I called my State Farm representative to voice my disgust - and she is going to have someone from the corporate office call me -- to explain.

    She first gave me some vague excuse that when she signed up to vote she had to show ID -- but as I mentioned that when it goes to disenfranchise voters already on the voter lists and making the forms of ID accepted - so narrow.  Then we are talking about voter disenfranchisement .

    Besides in the State of Washington for most counties it is now all done by mail -- where your signature on the back is the proof that the one voting is the registered voter.

    "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

    by sara seattle on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:52:05 AM PDT

    •  Shop around for another insurance company! (0+ / 0-)

      You'll probably end up saving money to boot!

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:59:58 AM PDT

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    •  Got a call back from State Farm (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Amber6541

      His basic explanation was that their association with ALEC has to do with insurance policy issues.  That their association has nothing to do with the issues of gun control/voter suppression.

      I did point out to him that as we tell our children -- whom we associate with mirror the kind of person we are.  And the same goes for corporations.  Being associated with an ultra right wing organisation will do absolutely nothing for their company.

      He did mention that the CEO of State Farm is on some board for President Obama associated with education.

      Must say I was surprised that I got a call back -- it was a rather lengthy discussion and I had a lot of opportunity to get my point across and explained my displeasure in various ways.

      "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

      by sara seattle on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 12:47:51 PM PDT

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      •  I'd dump them and let them know why! (1+ / 0-)
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        aztecraingod

        And BTW, Obama's education associations are fairly awful.

        "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

        by elwior on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 12:57:16 PM PDT

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      •  Good for you! But Bogus alert! (0+ / 0-)

        If they are funding ALEC, those funds are being pooled so their saying their support is mostly for insurance issues is totally bogus -- unless State Farm is simply providing "moral" and not financial support.

        What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

        by equern on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 01:51:29 PM PDT

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        •  I agree with you (1+ / 0-)
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          elwior

          which I why I told the State Farm representative -- its the company you keep.  

          And ALEC is such a ultra right wing organisation that I cannot imagine why any company would be associated in any way, shape or form with that kind of organisation.

          If nothing else -- this whole spotlight on ALEC might be giving corporations a minute to focus on if this organisation is really something they should be involved in -- and the cost to them if they stay.

          "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

          by sara seattle on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 03:56:30 PM PDT

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  •  Here is the link adding State Farm (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Amber6541

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Consumer-facing corporations are of course the most susceptible to public pressure. Other familiar brands still on ALEC's Private Enterprise Board include Walmart, State Farm and AT&T.

    "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

    by sara seattle on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:53:52 AM PDT

  •  Since we're talking about evil ALEC supporters (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Amber6541

    here's a list of evil Koch brothers products to boycott. It's having an effect, because I am seeing many of their products constantly on sale. Please share this list.

    KOCH BROTHERS PRODUCTS TO BOYCOTT:

    Angel Soft toilet paper
    Brawny paper towels
    Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
    Mardi Gras napkins and towels
    Quilted Northern toilet paper
    Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
    Sparkle napkins
    Vanity fair napkins
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  •  It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business. (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Amber6541

    Organic food didn't become mainstream overnight. Nor did energy-efficient light bulbs. And WalMart and Costco didn't suddenly become concerned for the environment when they decided to sell chemical-free cleaning products. Many industries didn't just adopt recycling and solar-power technology out of the goodness of their heart. GM didn't haven't an epiphany to see the error of their ways when they recently pulled their support from the Heartland Institute.  And businesses didn't abandon the Limbaugh ship because it suddenly dawned on them that Limbaugh is a pig.  Businesses are simply recognizing what is good for their bottom line.  It's strictly business.

  •  Could someone collect a list of contacts...? (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Amber6541

    It would be helpful for us working (and less ambitious) friends if we could provide a list of contacts for each of these corporations to make it easier to apply pressure?

    Just askin...

    Thanks!

    What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

    by equern on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 01:54:15 PM PDT

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