The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an organization made up of legislators from every state as well as businesses. The left hates ALEC because the group promotes common-sense legislation. Its main focus has always been the economy, but the group has also played a part in crafting gun and voter ID laws.
Van Jones and his radical group ‘Color of Change’ want ALEC shut down for good, so they’ve gone on the attack. They openly accuse the member companies of supporting racism, and they’ve bullied many of them to sever ties with ALEC. Now ALEC has announced that they will focus solely on economic issues in the future.
The Wall Street Journal calls it “Shout[ing] ‘racism’ in a crowded marketplace.”
After it is done playing the race card, the Color of Change letter finally gets to its real political agenda by citing ALEC’s support for legislation “to privatize education, and to break unions.”
Color of Change and outfits like the Center for Media and Democracy are playing up the race angle because they know it has the most potential to spook big businesses. If they merely fought against tax cuts or school choice, the companies would ignore them. But if you shout “racism” in a crowded marketplace, most CEOs duck and cover.
And sure enough, Coca-Cola quickly announced it would stop its $25,000 donation to ALEC, saying in a statement that “Our involvement with ALEC was focused on efforts to oppose discriminatory food and beverage taxes, not on issues that have no direct bearing on our business.” So Coke executives are happy to get ALEC’s help in their self-interest but head for the tall grass when ALEC needs a friend.
Several other companies have also announced they won’t donate to ALEC in the future, including Mars, Wendy’s and Kraft. The Gates Foundation donated to ALEC to promote school reform, but in the wake of the left-wing attacks it has also announced it won’t again. The likes of AT&T, Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson and State Farm have so far withstood the attacks, to their credit.
If they do cut off ALEC, these companies will be abandoning one of the few voices in state capitals that supports free-market policies.
Read the whole thing. (Normally WSJ articles are behind a paywall, but it looks like this one is available to everyone.)
The way the left operates gets more disgusting by the day.