This afternoon, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced that it will be leaving the corporate front group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC):

“We have been in dialogue with ALEC for some time, and while we acknowledge ALEC’s recent decision to focus only on innovation and growth-supporting policies, we have decided to suspend our participation and membership,” Carol Goodrich, Johnson & Johnson’s director of coporate communication, said in a statement today.

Johnson & Johnson joins 18 other corporations, foundations, or other organizations that have left the group.

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