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Kraft Becomes Third Corporation To Drop ALEC

Faiz Shakir
Think Progress / News Report
Published: Friday 6 April 2012
“Kraft reversed its position, announcing it would no longer support ALEC.”
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Following Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, tonight Kraft became the third major corporation to announce its departure from the right-wing business front group ALEC.

Yesterday, Kraft told NPR that “it was keeping its membership in ALEC.” But by this evening, Kraft reversed its position, announcing it would no longer support ALEC. The company has issued the following statement:

We belong to many external groups, including ALEC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes growth and fiscal responsibility.

ALEC covers numerous issues but our involvement has been strictly limited to discussions about economic growth and development, transportation and tax policy. We did not participate in meetings or conversations related to other issues.

Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons, including limited resources, we have made the decision not to renew.

The progressive advocacy group Color of Change has targeted ALEC’s corporate sponsors because they are helping to support voter suppression laws and pushing dangerous “Stand Your Ground” laws.

“We welcome Kraft’s decision to stop supporting ALEC, an organization which has worked to disenfranchise African-Americans, Latinos, students, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor,” ColorOfChange executive director Rashad Robinson said. “We reached out to Kraft months ago and have been in dialogue with them since then to convey the concerns of more than 85,000 ColorOfChange members who called on major corporations to stop supporting ALEC.”

Reuters reports that many other companies, such as drug-maker Pfizer and cigarette-makers Reynolds and Altria are sticking by ALEC.

The history of any positive

The history of any positive series of moves is counted by the cumulative steps it takes, not by what it didn't do. These stands taken by a few of America's leading corporations show what can be done when companies actually begin to give a damn about their customers issues and the direction the county is going. It still remains to be seen if the snowball is rolling down the hill or is being pushed upward by a hopeful few with their fingers crossed, but it's heartening to see businesses who choose to take the high road. Here is a place where the people can make a difference. Supporting these courageous men and women could be a way for America to show that it is not for sale. Choosing where and when to fight our battles has worked for us as a nation before. This might not be a bad place to start again.

Only when WE, the People stop

Only when WE, the People stop buying products from these corporations that are so solidly behind Monsanto and ALEC, can we believe they will stop supporting such harmful and destructive organizations. Only WE have the power to do this.

Altria (formerly Philip

Altria (formerly Philip Morris) will never leave ALEC. They wrote the book on how to create fake research, fake journals and news, and sham organizations. The oil and coal industry, pharmaceuticals, banks, agriculture - all have followed PM's lead in dirty tricks and manipulation.

For another example, look up the Heartland Institute, a long-time PM shill. Like ALEC, they target state legislators, sending out propaganda mini-newspapers to reps all over the country. With titles like "Environmental Climate News" and "Health Care News", they'll print anything to benefit their conservative big-money corporate donors.

So, they leave ALEC but

So, they leave ALEC but they're still in the Monsanto club. Can Kraft and Coke stop using GMO's in their products?

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