Thirteen more Texas legislators, including 10 Republicans, have severed their ties with the extremist American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Earlier this year, another dozen Lone Star State lawmakers said goodbye to ALEC.
Matt Glazer, executive director of Progress Texas, the group that has helped expose ALEC’s influence in the state legislature, says:
These legislators have shown the courage of their convictions by standing up to a corporate bill factory and declaring their support for the people of Texas above all else.
Overall 70 state legislators have left ALEC since the group came under intense public scrutiny after its involvement in Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law that's at the center of the Trayvon Martin killing.
ALEC provides model legislation to state lawmakers to suppress voting rights and eliminate collective bargaining. Its model bills also include anti-immigrant legislation, right-wing measures on education, prison privatization and big tax breaks for corporations. Some 800 ALEC-crafted bills passed or were introduced in recent years, according to the Center for Media and Democracy’s (CMD's) ALEC Exposed.
Earlier this month, Amgen, a $15.3 billion pharmaceutical company based in California, announced its determination not to renew its ALEC membership in response to a letter from a group of concerned shareholders and advocates led by Walden Asset Management and AFSCME.
CMD, Color of Change, Common Cause, People for the American Way and others have been urging corporations to drop their ALEC membership, and so far 32 major corporations and four large non-profit groups have cut ties with ALEC.