Thursday, April 5, 2012

Boycotts Hitting Group Behind 'Stand Your Ground' Gun Laws : NPR

Two of America's best known companies, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, have dropped their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a low-profile conservative organization behind the national proliferation of "stand-your-ground" gun laws. …. Coca-Cola's announcement came hours after a civil rights group,, launched an online drive calling on Coca-Cola to stop underwriting the ALEC agenda on voter ID laws in several states. … PepsiCo, another soft drink giant, belonged to ALEC for 10 years. In January, a company vice president told ColorOfChange that it wouldn't renew for 2012. …. Until recently, ALEC was best known for its volumes of pro-business legislation: bills to weaken labor unions — as in Wisconsin, to privatize government operations and to reduce regulation. But this new anti-ALEC campaign comes at a time when some investors have already been pushing for more transparency on corporate political activities.

Boycotts Hitting Group Behind 'Stand Your Ground' Gun Laws : NPR

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