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Wal-Mart Exits ALEC

31 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

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.

The polarizing ALEC has a record of crafting anti-environment model legislation, like bills that strip renewable energy targets and block toxic coal ash regulation.

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.

Read more at Reuters.



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