Recently, activist site ColorofChange.org launched a campaign targeting corporations that fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing group that has played a key role in the passage of loathsome voter ID and "stand your ground" laws around the country. As ColorofChange.org told its members:
Supporters of discriminatory voter ID laws claim they want to reduce voter fraud (individuals voting illegally, or voting twice). But such fraud almost never actually occurs, and never in amounts large enough to affect the result of elections. What is clear is that voter ID laws prevent large numbers of eligible voters from casting a ballot, and could disenfranchise up to 5 million people.....Major companies that rely on business from black folks shouldn't be involved in suppressing our vote.
A ColorofChange.org petition addressed to "the leadership of corporations that support ALEC" urges the companies, "I presume your company does not want to support voter suppression, nor have your products or services associated with discrimination and large-scale voter disenfranchisement. I urge you to immediately stop funding ALEC and issue a public statement making it clear that your company does not support discriminatory voter ID laws and voter suppression."
The companies being targeted included Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Intuit, Inc., and Kraft Foods -- all of which dropped their ALEC memberships as the ColorofChange.org campaign gained steam. Coca-Cola was the first to announce it was jumping the ALEC ship, and the other companies' announcements soon followed. (Notably, and predictably, missing have been the public statements denouncing voter suppression. Wrote Kraft, "Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons, including limited resources, we have made the decision not to renew.")
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