Don’t Want to be Evil? Drop ALEC

by Joye Barksdale  |  September 04, 2014

If Google wants to adhere to its “Don’t Be Evil” motto, AFSCME and other organizations are urging the Internet giant to stop funding evil and cut ties with ALEC, which pushes bills that advance corporations at the expense of working families.

ALEC brings state legislators together with corporate lobbyists to formulate legislation that busts unions, attacks voting rights and takes other extreme positions.

The coalition joins AFSCME with more than 50 unions and advocacy groups.

One of the groups, Common Cause, filed a complaint with the IRS in 2012 challenging ALEC’s status as a nonprofit charitable organization. The complaint says ALEC serves “as a vehicle for its corporate members to lobby state lawmakers and then deduct the costs of these efforts as charitable contributions.”

In a letter, the coalition reminds Google’s CEO, Larry Page, and other officers that hundreds of thousands of Americans signed petitions during the past year urging Google to cut ties with ALEC “because of their concerns about the harmful role ALEC has played in our democratic process.”

Just last month, Microsoft announced that it will no longer be a member or financial supporter of ALEC. That’s evidence of a growing backlash against the group. More than 90 companies and other members dropped their support for ALEC, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi, Kraft Foods Inc., General Motors and Walgreens. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also ceased backing the organizing in 2012.


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