Wendy's is the 6th Firm to Say It is No Longer a Member of ALEC

by Sara Jerving | | April 11, 2012 - 10:17am
Topics: Corporations
Projects: ALEC Exposed

Wendy's International, the parent company of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburger, is the sixth corporation to say that it is no longer a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the past week. Wendy's International sent an email to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) this morning stating that the fast food chain had decided not to renew their membership at the end of 2011. CMD
launched ALEC Exposed and named Wendy's as corporate member in July 2011.

This announcement comes in light of a recent controversy surrounding ALEC's link to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which may protect the killer of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, and ALEC's association with voter ID laws and other extreme legislative proposals. McDonalds, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Intuit have all announced within the past week that they have decided to not renew their membership with ALEC and the Gates Foundation has announced it will not continue to fund ALEC.

Last year the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) launched, where it made available over 800 "model" ALEC bills which shed light on a radical right-wing agenda that includes corporate tax breaks, the privatization of public education, voter suppression, anti-immigrant bills, climate change denial, among other initiatives. Since this launch, CMD has been analyzing these bills and targeting the corporate members of ALEC to urge them to end their membership with the organization. Yesterday, CMD, and partner organizations, urged McDonalds, State Farm and Johnson & Johnson to stop funding ALEC. McDonalds publicly announced later that afternoon that they would not continue funding ALEC.


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greenguy on 2012-04-11

Twinkles up, it seems that the food corporations are the first the leave ALEC!

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FritzColburn on 2012-04-11

From what I've read the "6th" part is inaccurate. They may be the 6th to make the news but I've read that there are upwards to 11 or 12 that have left in the last month. I'll see if I can find those reports again and make a full list of those who are gone.

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greenguy on 2012-04-11

I'm concerned over the fact that they just "say" they've left ALEC and are waiting for their annual membership to expire - who's to say they don't change their mind when it gets closer to renewal and that they aren't just doing this because of bad press right now?

Lol, does Alec have reps that try to sell their product to the corps?

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