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So far Mars, Inc., the Arizona Public Service Company (Arizona’s largest electric utility), Kraft, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Intuit, and (almost) the Gates Foundation have parted ways with ALEC.
Even a legislator in Missouri publicly cut ties with ALEC. To follow is his statement:
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is not the innocuous, bipartisan organization it purports to be. Their agenda is radical and wrong for Missouri. I was a member and saw firsthand the sort of extreme legislation they push on state legislators around the country.
I disagree with ALEC’s extremist agenda and encourage my colleagues in the Missouri General Assembly to end their affiliations with the group. If ALEC is too extreme for Coke, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Kraft, Wendy’s, Intuit and the Gates Foundation, it’s too extreme for me and the people of Missouri.
Too bad we can’t get own legislators to do the same.
A Washington State constituent contacted Senator Delvin of the 8th legislative district requesting that he cut ties with ALEC and this was the Senator’s response:
I don’t agree with your characterization of the organization. It (sic) based on Jeffersonian principles of free markets and limited government.
It offers a wide assortment of model legislation for state legislatures to adopt as they see fit and change it to there states needs.
I serve on the Energy and Technology committees.
Senator, 8th legislative District
Hopefully our other Senators will have a more enlightened response.
To follow is a list of Senators in the state of Washington who purportedly have ties with ALEC.
As I previously stated, first confirm the legislator who you contact is indeed involved with ALEC, and if they are, ask them to immediately discontinue all involvement with that organization.
Any responses from these folks can be shared on this blog. We would love to hear what they have to say.
The ALEC state representatives are listed within the post ALEC legislators in the state of Washington.