Grassroots campaigners are on a roll, as first Microsoft, then Google, Facebook, Yelp, and now Yahoo have caved to public pressure to drop their membership in the controversial corporate bill mill called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Next in their sights: eBay and AOL.
ALEC, which generated or disseminated voter suppression legislation, "Stand Your Ground" laws, and measures to dismantle unions as well as preempt minimum wage and sick leave ordinances, is now in hot water for its "free market" agenda to promote fossil fuels and cook the planet.
As CMD has documented, ALEC is funded by an array of fossil fuel interests, including Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, TransCanada, and Peabody Energy. ALEC has promoted the repeal of Renewable Portfolio Standards and the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has called on state legislators to engage in "Guerrilla Warfare" against the EPA, and urged politicians to recruit their state attorney general to sue over the EPA's new emissions rules.
Over 80 firms -- including some of the largest Fortune 500 firms in the nation -- have dumped ALEC since CMD started launched ALECexposed.org in 2011. See the list of ALEC corporate members here.
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We suspected it all along, but now we have the goods that prove that Charles Koch was a member of the John Birch Society at the height of their attacks on the civil rights movement and civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King.
In the early 1960s Charles moved back to Wichita and followed in the footsteps of his dad Fred Koch who helped found the John Birch Society in 1958. We broke the story on DemocracyNow!, provided detailed excerpts of the anti-civil rights agenda, and launched a new wiki resource called Koch Exposed (of course). You can see our full special report in the new "Robber Barons" edition of The Progressive magazine.