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A hint of good news on a dark morning

Hurricane Isaac is raking the Gulf Coast this morning [1] on the seventh anniversary of Katrina and will undoubtedly leave a trail of destruction and woe behind. Elsewhere, however — for better or worse — the world moves on. Here’s one small bright spot worth celebrating: The good people at the Center for Media and Democracy report that the front group for right-wing economic and social causes known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (or ALEC) continues to lose more and more members.

According to this encouraging report [2]:

“Six more companies have indicated that they are cutting, or have cut, ties to ALEC: General Electric [3] (GE), Western Union, Sprint Nextel [4], Symantec [5] (maker of Norton antivirus software), Reckitt Benckiser Group [6] (a British consumer goods company that makes such brands as French’s mustard, Woolite, Lysol, Clearasil, Durex, and D-Con), and Entergy [7] (a power plant company headquartered in New Orleans)….

Corporations that have publicly cut ties to ALEC [8] since the launch of ALECexposed [9] and related public interest campaigns include Amgen, General Motors, Walgreens, Best Buy, Hewlett-Packard, MillerCoors, John Deere, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Procter & Gamble, Mars, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola. The addition of GE, Western Union, Sprint, Symantec, Reckitt Benckiser, and Entergy brings the total to 38. Four non-profits — Lumina Foundation for Education, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and the Gates Foundation — and 70 state legislators [10] have also cut ties with ALEC.”

You can find out all the dirt on ALEC at CMD’s dedicated website ALEC exposed [11].