Thanks in large part to grassroots pressure, corporate behemoth Wal-Mart has become the twenty-second funder to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), joining a list of defectors that includes Amazon, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble and Kraft.
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, announced yesterday that it is severing ties with ALEC after a nine year membership.
“We feel that the divide between these activities and our purpose as a business has become too wide,” said Maggie Sans, Walmart vice president of public affairs and government relations.
ALEC has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding due to a loss in corporate sponsorship. The remaining corporate funders like State Farm and Johnson & Johnson are under fire from consumers and clients to cancel their membership as well, with over 100,000 people signing a petition to that effect.