The exodus from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) continues as the glare of a hot spotlight exposes the group’s radical agenda that ranges from voter suppression to union busting and immigrant bashing.
Mars Inc., maker of M&M’s, Snickers, Uncle Ben’s Rice and other well-known products, has severed its ties with ALEC, reports Color of Change, the group that has led a nationwide petition effort to persuade major corporations to drop their financial support of ALEC.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest energy company, announced it would not renew its membership. Yesterday, a new report outlined ALEC’s deep involvement and influence with Arizona lawmakers, 56 of whom are ALEC members.
Mars and Arizona Public Service join Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft Foods, Intuit, Wendy’s, McDonald’s and other corporations that recently dropped their ALEC memberships.
In Texas yesterday, Rep. Alma Allen (D) announced she was leaving the group. In a statement, Allen said:
Due to the legislation that ALEC has been involved in forming and promoting, I will not be renewing my membership. I value and listen to all opinions, but ALEC's agenda has become harmful to my constituents, and the people of the state of Texas.
Progress Texas says 83 Lone Star legislators are ALEC members and it is circulating a petition calling on the lawmakers to resign from the group. News reports say nine other Texas legislators have cut ties with ALEC.