Johnson & Johnson announced this week that it was withdrawing its support of the American Legislative Exchange Council. In the past few months, more than a dozen companies, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s and Walmart, have dropped their memberships with ALEC, a corporate-backed organization that provides “model legislation” for state lawmakers. The companies have been under pressure from liberal activists because of ALEC’s support of voter-ID laws and “stand your ground” gun laws. Common Cause has also filed a federal complaint that ALEC is violating tax laws by acting as a lobbyist and not a nonprofit. ALEC announced in April that it was refocusing its agenda on economic issues.
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