Kraft joins Coca-Cola and Pepsi in withdrawing from conservative group ALEC

Party Rooster

Unleash The Beast
Apr 27, 2005
The Inland Empire State
Kraft drops membership in conservative group amid protest

By Tiffany Hsu
Tribune Newspapers
12:43 p.m. CDT, April 6, 2012

Kraft Foods joined Coca-Cola in bowing to consumer pressure this week to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative lobbying group that has recently backed controversial voter ID and so-called "stand your ground" laws.

Kraft said in a statement that it has "made the decision not to renew" its ALEC membership, which is expiring. The company, based in north suburban Northfield, was opaque in its reasoning, citing "limited resources" and saying that its involvement with ALEC "has been strictly limited to discussions about economic growth and development, transportation and tax policy."

Advocacy group Color of Change launched a boycott against Coca-Cola for its participation in ALEC's Private Enterprise Board, but within hours, the soft drink giant issued a statement saying that it had "elected to discontinue its membership."

The company blamed ALEC's support of "discriminatory food and beverage taxes" instead of "issues that have no direct bearing on our business."

"We have a long-standing policy of only taking positions on issues that impact our company and industry," Coca-Cola said.

The withdrawals pleased ALEC detractors, which includes the Center for Media and Democracy. The liberal-leaning nonprofit said it had launched a protest campaign in tandem with Color of Change opposing what it said were ALEC's efforts to deny climate change, undermine public schools and encourage laws that would require voters to present various forms of identification before voting.

Critics of the policies, which have already been implemented in several states, say that they are more likely to shut out minorities, the poor, the elderly and even college students.

Draft legislation from ALEC has also helped fan the debate over "stand your ground" laws, which have played a central role in the February shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Color of Change, an African American advocacy group co-founded by James Rucker and Van Jones, issued a statement saying that the group would direct its sights at other companies associated with ALEC.

ALEC helps corporations and individuals draft model legislation to send to politicians. Its website says that the group's mission is "to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty."

Other members of ALEC's Enterprise Board include executives from Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, AT&T, UPS and ExxonMobil. In January, PepsiCo quietly pulled itself off the board.,0,7907919.story
Remember when this guy was just a lowly Green Czar? :icon_cool

White people, I've got your balls right here!


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
Apr 22, 2002
Fuck Kraft.

The fact that "voter ID and so-called "stand your ground" laws" are controversial is exactly what is wrong with this country right now..


Mar 23, 2008
Kingdom of Charis
I'm glad we have people like Van Jones out there calling for moderacy and pushing against extremism. :icon_cool

If you listen to that moron then you by extension must be a moron too.


Registered User
Dec 8, 2011
Pepsi and Kraft support commies like Van Jones? No surprise. I wish I drank Pepsi and ate that shit cheese so I could stop buying it.

This ALEC has nothing to do with the program that pushes laws to imprison more people for cheap labor in prisons, right?

Party Rooster

Unleash The Beast
Apr 27, 2005
The Inland Empire State
Pepsi and Kraft support commies like Van Jones?
Being afraid of him and actually supporting him are two different things. Pretty sure Kraft is pretty pro-capitalism.

No surprise. I wish I drank Pepsi and ate that shit cheese so I could stop buying it.
They own hundreds of different companies. I'm sure you're buying something from them. I'll bet they're Monsanto's biggest customers...

This ALEC has nothing to do with the program that pushes laws to imprison more people for cheap labor in prisons, right?
The privatizing-prisons thing is usually a conservative thing, so I wouldn't doubt it.

Party Rooster

Unleash The Beast
Apr 27, 2005
The Inland Empire State
Pretty big heavy hitters there...

HP, Deere, CVS, MillerCoors, BestBuy Exit Controversial ALEC Post-Trayvon Martin Shooting

By David Zielenziger: Subscribe to David's RSS feed

July 10, 2012 4:13 PM EDT

Five more companies, including Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), the No. 1 computer maker, have left the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) since the Feb. 26 killing of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, Fla.

ALEC is a Washington, D.C.-based group that lobbies for laws in state legislatures, including the "stand your ground" law. George Zimmerman, 28, who's been charged with second-degree murder in the case, has cited the law as part of his defense.

The others to resign are CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS), Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE), private MillerCoors LLC and BestBuy (NYSE: BBY), respective giants in drugstores, tractors, beer and electronics retailing.

Last month, Dell (Nasdaq: DELL), the No. 3 PC maker, quit ALEC after the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and other liberal groups launched anti-ALEC activities. Nearly 30 companies and nonprofits have quit by now.

In a letter to ColorOfChange, part of the coalition, HP's deputy general counsel, Gregg Melinson, wrote: "Although HP appears to have worked with ALEC in the past, HP is not currently a member of the organization." HP is based in Palo Alto, Calif.

ALEC had no comment on the latest resignations. In April, after Common Cause brought suit with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service seeking to revoke its status as a nonprofit organization, general counsel Alan P. Dye claimed the complaint "is a tired campaign to abuse the legal system, distort the facts and tarnish the reputation of ideological foes."

ALEC had an annual budget around $7 million before the campaign. Its chairman remains Dave Frizzell, a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives. Its board of scholars includes economist Arthur D. Laffer of "Laffer Curve" fame and Stephen Moore, former president of the Club for Growth who now writes editorials for News Corp.'s (NYSE: NWS) Wall Street Journal.

ALEC's annual meeting is scheduled for late July in Salt Lake City.

Many other technology companies previously quit the conservative lobby, including Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), the No. 1 e-retailer; Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU), the online tax software specialist, and Medtronic (NYSE: MDT), the medical equipment giant.

The resignations have come despite notable Republican affiliations of some of the top CEOs. HP's CEO, Margaret (Meg) Whitman, spent $140 million of her own money in her unsuccessful race for governor of California in 2010 as the Republican nominee. Michael S. Dell of the PC maker gave a $250,000 contribution for the second inaugural of President George W. Bush and is active in the Texas Republican Party.

Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange, thanked the five companies for "making the right decision" and called on other companies to leave the lobbying group.

Shares of HP closed down 32 cents to $19.11 Tuesday trading, while CVS shares fell 36 cents to $46.96. BestBuy shares fell 4 cents to $21.14 and Deere shares slumped $1.84 to $78.69..

Sinn Fein

Infidel and White Interloper
Wackbag Staff
Aug 29, 2002
Florida's Nature Coast
Ah, those good ol' scare tactics from the left. The only thing different is that it's not Rev. Al or Jesse this time.