BP became the 102nd – and second largest corporation behind Walmart – to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in recent years this week. Given the number of corporations who have recently decided to cut ties with ALEC – including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, eBay, and Northrop Grumman - you may be wondering: who still funds ALEC?
Here are some of the corporations that still put their money behind ALEC, despite widespread criticism of the organization for its secretive operations and controversial agenda, and increasing calls from shareholders for more transparency about corporate lobbying activities.
BIG OIL & ENERGY COMPANIES
Despite BP and Occidental Petroleum’s recent exits, ALEC still enjoys support from large oil and energy companies, including ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, Peabody Energy, Chevron, Cheniere Energy, Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, and the American Petroleum Institute.
AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association are all members of ALEC, which lobbies against community broadband and open internet protections.
BIG TOBACCO & ALCOHOL COMPANIES
Big tobacco corporations Altria (formerly Phillip Morris) and Reynolds American are two of ALEC’s biggest historic funders and longtime members. Alcoholic beverage companies such Anheuser-Busch and Diageo are also members and funders of ALEC.
THE KOCH BROTHERS
Not surprisingly, Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity, and the Koch family foundations have been longtime members and funders of ALEC.
ALEC member shipping, railroad, and transportation companies include United Parcel Service (UPS), FedEx, Transurban, BNSF Railroad, and Norfolk Southern.
Pharmaceutical corporations such as Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bayer, and Celgene are all members of ALEC, along with their corporate trade group PhRMA. Despite this, numerous pharmaceutical giants such as GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson have left ALEC in recent years. Earlier this month, over 80 organizations called on Pfizer to cut ties with ALEC.
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