Kraft Foods, makers of pretty much all cheese (and plenty of other foods) and Intuit, Inc., makers of popular software programs including QuickBooks and TurboTax, have joined Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. in exiting the corporate lobbying group ALEC.
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), creators of the website ALEC Exposed, which, among other things, tracks ALEC corporate membership, noticed that Intuit was no longer listed. When approached by CMD for comment about the departure, Intuit declined, but the timing is suggestive.
Kraft is leaving largely because of pressure applied by the Trayvon Martin-inspired advocacy group Color of Change, which is targeting ALEC’s corporate sponsors over its support of Stand Your Ground laws.
Various corporations joined ALEC to push for legislation beneficial to their industries. However, others in the group have taken a more extreme stance leading ALEC further to the right. According to CMD tracking, corporations continuing their support of ALEC include:
- Koch Industries
- Reynolds American
- Altria/Philip Morris
- Procter & Gamble
- Exxon Mobil
- Diageo (makers of Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker)
While ALEC will likely never be dissolved, continued pressure on its supporters and increased consumer support for its defectors will lead to more companies walking away and weaken the group’s influence as a whole.
There’s a long way to go, but this is good news for those favoring democracy over corporate oligarchy.