A List of ALEC Corporations and those that dropped ALEC

A List of ALEC Corporations and those that dropped ALEC

SourceWatch: Corporations that have dropped ties to ALEC

Coke, Pepsi, Kraft, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Intuit, Reed-Elsevier, and others have dropped their membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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Learn more about corporations VOTING to rewrite our laws.

 About ALEC

 ALEC is corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. ALEC legislative leaders are tasked with a duty to get the bills introduced and passed; ALEC members introduce the bills in statehouses as their own brilliant ideas—without disclosing that corporations pre-voted on them with politicians behind closed doors at ALEC resort meetings. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, and more than 20% become legally binding. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy’s ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

Corporations that Have Cut Ties to ALEC

 Coca-Cola Company: Gave a statement to the Washington Examiner on April 4th stating that it had “elected to discontinue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council” [1]

Pepsi: Informed Color of Change in a letter dated January 25th that they would not renew their membership in ALEC in 2012.[2]

 Kraft: Announced in an email on April 6th that “Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons…we have made the decision not to renew.” [3]

 Intuit: Told the Center for Media and Democracy on April 6th that they did not renew their membership when it expired in 2011. [4]

 McDonald’s: Initially defended its membership in ALEC [5] Announced on April 10th that they had made the decision to withdraw from ALEC at the end of March. [6]

 Wendy’s: Sent an email to the Center for Media and Democracy on April 11th confirming that it is no longer a member of ALEC [7]

 Mars: Sent an email to Color of Change on April 12th, stating that they had ended their membership with ALEC [8]

 Arizona Public Service: Told the Arizona Capitol Times on April 12th that their membership expired that summer and they would not renew it. [9]

 Reed Elsevier: Told Reuters on April 12th that they had withdrawn “after considering the broad range of criticism being leveled at ALEC,” [10]

 American Traffic Solutions: Told the Arizona Capitol Times on April 13th that they would not renew their ALEC membership. [11]

 Blue Cross Blue Shield: Announced on April 19th that it had not renewed its membership in February 2012.[12]

 YUM! Brands: Told Color of Change that they would not renew their membership on April 19th. [13]

 Procter & Gamble: Told Color of Change that it would not renew its membership on April 20th.[14]

 Kaplan: Wrote Republic Report on April 26th, 2012 to confirm that they were no longer a member of ALEC [15]

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Editor’s Note. Four in Minnesota: Best Buy, Medtronic, Scranton, and UnitedHealth Group.  Who are our cell phone carriers?  AT&T and Verizon, besides spending millions lobbying Congress, are both members of ALEC.  And so is Century Link.

The following corporations are members of ALEC’s task forces. This list is current as of July 2011, except for the Tax and Fiscal Policy task force, correct as of March 2011.

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Corporation Headquarters ALEC Task Force Membership
1-800 Contacts, Inc. UT Health and Human Services
Allergan, Inc. CA Health and Human Services
Altria Client Services VA Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development , Civil Justice, Tax and Fiscal Policy
Amazon.com, Inc. WA Communications and Technology
American Electric Power Company Inc. OH Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
AMERIGROUP Corporation DC Health and Human Services
Amgen Inc. CA Health and Human Services
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. MO Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Tax and Fiscal Policy
AOL Inc. NY Tax and Fiscal Policy; Communications and Technology
Apotex Corp. FL Health and Human Services
Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, LLC FL Tax and Fiscal Policy
Astellas Pharma US, Inc. IL Health and Human Services
AstraZeneca Inc. London, UK Health and Human Services
AT&T DC Communications and Technology, Tax and Fiscal Policy
Bank of America NC Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Basell Industries TX Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Bayer Leverkusen, Germany Civil Justice; Energy, Environment, and Agriculture; Health and Human Services
Bayer HealthCare Leverkusen, Germany Energy, Environment, and Agriculture; Health and Human Services
Best Buy MN Communications and Technology
BNSF Railway Company TX Civil Justice
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CT >Health and Human Services
BP London, UK Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Bridgepoint Education CA Education
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company NY Health and Human Services
Brown-Forman Corporation KY Tax and Fiscal Policy
Celgene Corporation NJ Health and Human Services
CenturyLink LA Communications and Technology
Charter Communications MO Communications and Technology
Chevron CA Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Cintra Madrid, Spain Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Civil Justice Reform Group C/o General Electric Company   Civil Justice
Cloud Peak Energy CO Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC MS Communications and Technology, Tax and Fiscal Policy
Con-way MI Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Connections Academy (Division of Connections Educationcation, LLC) MD Education
Continental Resources, Inc. OK Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Corinthian Colleges, Inc. CA Education
Coventry Health Care MD Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Cox Communications GA Communications and Technology
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. TN Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Crown Cork & Seal PA Civil Justice
CVS Caremark Corporation RI Health and Human Services
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. NJ Health and Human Services
DCI Group, LLC DC Communications and Technology
Dezenhall Communications Mgmt. Group, LTD DC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Diageo North America, Inc. MD Tax and Fiscal Policy
Dominion Resources Services Inc. VA Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Duke Energy Corporation NC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
EBay Inc. CA Communications and Technology
Edison Electric Institute DC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Eli Lilly and Company IN Health and Human Services
EMD Serono MA Health and Human Services
Endo Pharmaceuticals PA Health and Human Services
Energy Future Holdings TX Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
EnergySolutions UT Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Entergy LA Civil Justice
Express Scripts MO Health and Human Services
ExxonMobil Corporation TX Civil Justice, Energy, Environment, and Agriculture, Tax and Fiscal Policy
Farmers Insurance Group/Companies CA Civil Justice
FedEx Corporation TX Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
General Electric Company NY Tax and Fiscal Policy
General Motors Corp. MI Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Georgia-Pacific Corporation GA Civil Justice
GlaxoSmithKline London, UK Civil Justice, Health and Human Services
Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company IL Health and Human Services
Hewlett-Packard Company CA Communications and Technology
Honeywell International NJ Civil Justice
Insight Schools OR Education
InterMountain Corporate Affairs CO Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
International Paper TN Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
IntuCommunications and Technology Inc. CA International/Federal Relations; Communications and Technology
J.R. Simplot Company ID Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
John Deere & Company IL Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Johnson & Johnson NJ Civil Justice; Health and Human Services
K12 Inc. VA Education
Koch Companies Public Sector WI Energy, Environment, and Agriculture; Civil Justice; Public Safety and Elections; Tax and Fiscal Policy
LKQ/Keystone Automotive IL Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
LoanMax GA Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
LogistiCare Solutions, LLC GA Health and Human Services
Macquarie Capital USA Sydney, Australia Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Marathon Oil Company TX Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
MDU Resources Group, Inc. ND Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Medco Health Solutions, Inc. NJ Health and Human Services
MedImmune, Company of AstraZeneca MD Health and Human Services
Medtronic, Inc. MN Health and Human Services
Merck & Company, Inc. NJ Civil Justice; Health and Human Services
Microsoft Corporation WA Communications and Technology
MillerCoors IL Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Public Safety and Elections
MV VeriSol SC Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) TN Civil Justice
National Heritage Academies MI Education
National Tax and Fiscal Policypayers Union VA Energy, Environment, and Agriculture; Tax and Fiscal Policy
Norfolk Southern Corporation VA Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Novartis Corporation NJ Health and Human Services
NV Energy, Inc. NV Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Occidental Oil & Gas Co. CA Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Occidental Petroleum Corporation CA Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Orchid Cellmark  OH Public Safety and Elections
PacifiCorp OR Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Parquet Public Affairs FL Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Peabody Energy MO Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Pfizer Inc NY Civil Justice; Health and Human Services
Philip Morris International NY Tax and Fiscal Policy
Pinnacle West Capital Corp. AZ Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Publix Super Markets, Inc. FL Tax and Fiscal Policy
Purdue Pharma L.P. CT Health and Human Services
Qwest Communications International Inc. CO Communications and Technology
RAI Services Company NC Health and Human Services
Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals NJ Health and Human Services; Public Safety and Elections
ResCare MD Health and Human Services
Reynolds American Inc. NC Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Health and Human Services; International/Federal Relations; Public Safety and Elections; Tax and Fiscal Policy
Rubber Manufacturers Association DC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Salt River Project AZ Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Sanofi-Aventis NJ Health and Human Services
SAP America, Inc. PA Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Communications and Technology
Scantron MN Education
Security Finance Corporation SC Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Civil Justice
Shell Oil Company TX Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P. MO Civil Justice
Sprint KS Communications and Technology
State Farm Insurance Companies IL Civil Justice; Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Symantec Corporation CA Communications and Technology
T-Mobile USA WA Communications and Technology
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. IL Health and Human Services
TASER International AZ Civil Justice; Public Safety and Elections
TEVA Pharmaceuticals PA Health and Human Services
Texas Roadhouse TX Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
The DIRECTV Group, Inc CA Tax and Fiscal Policy; Communications and Technology
The Doctors Management Company CA Health and Human Services
Time Warner Cable NY Tax and Fiscal Policy; Communications and Technology
Transurban Melbourne, Australia Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform DC Civil Justice; International/Federal Relations
United Parcel Service GA Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
UnitedHealth Group MN Health and Human Services
US Oncology TX Health and Human Services
Verizon Communications NY Communications and Technology; Tax and Fiscal Policy
VISA U.S.A. Inc. CA Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. AR Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Health and Human Services; Tax and Fiscal Policy
Walgreens IL Health and Human Services
WellPoint, Inc. IN Health and Human Services
Western Union CO Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
Wine Institute DC Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Public Safety and Elections
Wise Carter Child & Caraway, PA MS Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development ; Communications and Technology
Yahoo! Inc. CA Communications and Technology

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