Thursday, August 21, 2014

Add Microsoft to companies that have cut support for ALEC

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Microsoft has joined other major corporations in ending financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council.

ALEC, much beloved by the Republican majority in the Arkansas legislature, supplies conservative corporate cookie cutter legislation for passage in state legislatures. It subsidizes junkets for legislators to its brainwashing seminars.

Microsoft joins Coca-Cola, General Motors, Bank of America, and Procter & Gamble as some of the major corporations that have severed their relationship with ALEC, according to CNET. Others — like Google, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo, and Yelp — remain involved with the group.

CNET linked Microsoft's decision with ALEC's bid to stop renewable energy projects. As The Guardian reported last year, Microsoft has begun investing in renewable energy, including an announcement that it would run one of its data centers entirely with electricity produced by a wind farm in Texas.

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