Coalition Letters to ALEC Corporate Funders

Common Cause joined has been one of the leading advocacy organizations calling on corporations to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Coalition Letters to ALEC Corporate Funders on David Horowitz’s Involvement with ALEC

In August 2018, Common Cause joined more than 70 other government reform, civil rights, labor, environmental, and advocacy organizations urging some of the largest corporate funders of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to cut ties with the organization after ALEC gave hatemonger David Horowitz a platform at their recent conference to spread white supremacist, sexist, and racist ideas.

Letter to Altria

Letter Anheuser-Busch

Letter to AT&T

  • UPDATE: The Intercept reported on November 29, 2018 that AT&T has cut ties with ALEC. A spokesperson from AT&T issued a statement saying “We have ended our membership with ALEC and their convention speaker was a key factor in the decision.”

Letter to Bayer

Letter to Boehringer Ingelheim

Letter to Charter Communications

Letter to Chevron

Letter to Comcast

Letter to Cox Communications

  • UPDATE: On May 2, 2019, a representative from Cox Communications told Common Cause “We have no affiliation with, nor provide any support for ALEC.”

Letter to Diageo

  • UPDATE: A representative from Diageo told Common Cause that they have “not been associated with ALEC for quite some time.” Diageo’s decision to cut ties with ALEC was previously not publicly known.

Letter to Dominion Energy

Letter to Dow Chemical Company

  • UPDATE: The Intercept reported on November 29, 2018 that Dow is no longer an ALEC funder and does “not tolerate discrimination in any form or support organizations that demonstrate discriminatory language and/or actions.”

Letter to Eli Lilly

Letter to FedEx

Letter to Honeywell

  • UPDATE: The Intercept reported on November 29, 2018 that Honeywell did not fund ALEC in 2018. This was not previously publicly known.

Letter to Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Letter to Pfizer

  • UPDATE: A representative from Pfizer sent the following response to Common Cause, stating they were continuing their membership in ALEC: “Thank you for sharing your views. In response to your comments, Pfizer condemns racism and bigotry in all its forms. Our funding of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is specifically for work related to health care policy issues. Pfizer engages with several industry and trade groups that can impact our ability to serve patients. Our engagement with these groups comes with the understanding that we will not always agree with all the positions of the larger organization and/or other members.”

Letter to State Farm Insurance

Letter to Takeda Pharmaceuticals 

  • UPDATE: On May 7, 2019, a representative from Takeda told Common Cause they are no longer members of ALEC, stating “Thank you for reaching out. Takeda is not a member of ALEC. Please be assured that Takeda is committed to diversity and inclusion – treating everyone regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, or any other personal characteristic fairly and equally.”

Letter to UPS

Letter to Verizon

  • UPDATE: The Intercept reported on September 15, 2018 that Verizon has decided to cut ties and funding with ALEC after receiving the coalition letter about David Horowitz’s comments.

Other Coalition Letters To ALEC Corporate Funders

Letter to UPS (September 2015)

Letter to Pfizer (March 2015)

Letter to eBay (September 2014)

Letter to Google (September 2014)