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Today, at Amazon.com’s shareholder meeting in Seattle, organizers from groups including Color of Change, CREDO, People for the American Way, and Working Washington delivered petition signatures from over half a million people calling on Amazon.com and other corporations to stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the corporate front group responsible for pushing an extreme agenda in states across the country, including voter ID and Stand Your Ground laws.

Word from the meeting is that Amazon.com has decided not to renew its membership in ALEC. It joins companies including Scantron, which announced yesterday it was leaving ALEC, as well as Coca-Cola, Kaplan, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Wendy’s, Mars, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and BlueCrossBlueShield.

We reported earlier on how Amazon.com’s membership in ALEC meant it was funding climate change denial in schools.

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July 31, 2012
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  • Zooty

    For the amou8hnt of time it took Amazon to figure out they should drop ALEC – say 3 months – this should be the amount of time its regular customers should boycott them as punishment.

    • rhetoricphobic

      To what end?
      Let’s not become like the very people we are trying to enlighten, the hard core right. When someone sees the light, that’s good enough for me. .

      • Sechumanist

        You must not know how vicious and unempathetic these psychpaths are. Appeasement and “good manners” don’t work and only make them laugh.

        Read.

        • rhetoricphoblic

          No I’ve been living in a cave. So how would boycotting Amazon solve anything once they left the dark side? That was the issue I was responding to.
          I’m not talking appeasement. We need to fight the good fight for as long as it takes. Good manners are for myself not for them. I don’t have to wallow with pigs to recognize pigs. .

    • CatKinNY

      I became a reluctant Amazon customer after my local bookstore closed. When I found out that they were part of ALEC, I wrote them several letters decrying their business model and explaining that their membership in ALEC pushed me over the edge. I suspect they recieved a lot of such feedback. I am now torn. Half of me wants to continue my boycott because of their failure to pay state and local taxes; the other half wants to say ‘thanks’ for dumping ALEC. I don’t know what I’ll end up doing.

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  • Beth1506

    I agree with rhetoricphobic. It’s wonderful that such a internet “biggie” has done this.

  • Bill49259

    Thank You Amazon for leaving Alec

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