ALEC announces the end of its non-economic task force

posted at 7:11 pm on April 17, 2012 by Tina Korbe

The American Legislative Exchange Council will disband the task force that tackled non-economic issues like election fraud. From ALEC’s official statement:

“Today we are redoubling our efforts on the economic front, a priority that has been the hallmark of our organization for decades. Fostering the exchange of pro-growth, solutions-oriented ideas is precisely why ALEC exists.

“To that end, our legislative board last week unanimously agreed to further our work on policies that will help spur innovation and competitiveness across the country.

“We are refocusing our commitment to free-market, limited government and pro-growth principles, and have made changes internally to reflect this renewed focus.

“We are eliminating the ALEC Public Safety and Elections task force that dealt with non-economic issues, and reinvesting these resources in the task forces that focus on the economy. The remaining budgetary and economic issues will be reassigned.”

It’s hard to dispute ThinkProgress’ gleeful claim that this announcement by the American Legislative Exchange Council signifies that progressive groups successfully pressured ALEC out of its support for Voter ID laws and other relatively conservative measures.

The group apparently couldn’t quite withstand the withdrawal of support by many of its sponsors in response to a boycott threat by the progressive group Color of Change.

ALEC’s decision was an unfortunate one, but, under the circumstances, it does make sense. They have a vested interest in keeping their focus narrow so as to retain support on both sides of the aisle and to continue to be effective at influencing legislation at the state level. At no time, though, did their support for Voter ID laws actually amount to an attempt to disenfranchise minority voters. ALEC’s support for such laws amounted to a deep and abiding concern that illegitimate votes not water down the effect of legitimate votes — a concern that leaders of minority and progressive groups should share, but apparently don’t.

Most importantly, ALEC’s decision to sharpen its focus on economic issues doesn’t exonerate the corporations who succumbed to outside special interest groups to go against their own interests. As Michelle Malkin and Ed noted at the time, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Intuit, Kraft, Arby’s and Walgreens showed their true colors when they quickly abandoned ALEC. Apparently, they prioritize political correctness above all — even above free and fair elections, not to mention the free markets that enabled the success of such corporations in the first place.


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Bummer. Another cave.

indyvet on April 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Its not a dog thread. 600

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I’ve skipped several Beef & Cheddar’s since this whole kerfuffle.

preallocated on April 17, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Optics, why is it the optics are so bad?

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I think it’s high time we start a boycott on the Color of Change and any group that supports them. Directly or indirectly.

Skywise on April 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

As Michelle Malkin and Ed noted at the time, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Intuit, Kraft, Arby’s and Walgreens showed their true colors when they quickly abandoned ALEC. Apparently, they prioritize political correctness above all — even above free and fair elections, not to mention the free markets that enabled the success of such corporations in the first place.

This shouldn’t shock anyone though. When many companies are growing up from humble roots they love having an open and free market. Once established many love partnering with politicians to make sure no one else can come along the same route and take over their market share. Thinking that businesses should be pro free market is a common error as they usually only are until they can use a closed market hammer to hold any possible competition at bay.

Betenoire on April 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

My personal boycott begins…

2Tru2Tru on April 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

The reason they were targeted is the Stand Your Ground Law. Which makes the opponents of SYG anti-woman and supporters of domestic violence! Prior to SYG laws, women had ‘a duty to retreat’ if beaten up by their spouses. Think about it.

MaggiePoo on April 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

uhhhhhhm….huh?

liberals are stupid. I’m pretty sure that applies.

DHChron on April 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Different view…

Businesses have ONE…and ONLY ONE…prime focus; returning a profit on the capital invested in them.

Conservatives have no more right to try to get them to be political than do Collectivists.

IFFFFF you want businesses to do what they are designed to do…and what the people who put money, time, skill, and effort into them for…LET THEM.

Then, if you benefit by that, take YOUR money and create specific organizations to effect political ends.

Ragspierre on April 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Does anyone have an email address for the CEO of Intuit? I had no luck finding it on their website. He needs to be inundated with expressions of displeasure from the small business owners who surely make up a large part of his customer base.

tomwinfl on April 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Take your focus off the companies for a moment and concentrate on the Color of Change movement and what they are trying to accomplish. Fight THAT instead of the corporations since the CoCh (rhymes with Koch, hmmmmm) targets could, can, and will be anything that gets in their way. They want to get rid of the Stand Your Ground laws and are using ALEC only as their current target.

MaggiePoo on April 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Thinking that businesses should be pro free market is a common error as they usually only are until they can use a closed market hammer to hold any possible competition at bay.

Betenoire on April 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Yup. Businesses (that is, business owners, corporations, etc) are not generally free market advocates in their domain. They do not want competition. They want to minimize or eliminate competition any way they can. If they can use the government for this purpose they’ll do it.

This is why the government should be an unbiased referee of the markets.

And for the socialist Kumbaya crowd, try to find a situations where so-called “nonprofits” are viciously competing with each other and observe. They also want to eliminate the competition.

farsighted on April 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Corruption and crony capitalism is a worthy enemy to fight but that isn’t what is involved HERE. You’re taking your eye off the real issue of ALEC which, yes, among other things, supported Stand Your Ground Laws. What does THAT have to do with crony capitalism?

MaggiePoo on April 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

And, as I noted elsewhere, ALEC was suffering from “mission creep”, a common organizational behavior bugaboo.

They were chartered to do SOME things…essentially economic in nature. This division went beyond that charter. They are correcting that problem.

I don’t see that as a “defeat” in any larger struggle.

Ragspierre on April 17, 2012 at 7:53 PM

No liberal group or institution or business ever keeps its focus narrow.

And when one (a rare event, to be sure) steps out of line, they get flamed by their side until they step back in.

Meanwhile, we have people everywhere on our side rationalizing a cave.

And don’t feed me any patronizing nonsense about not stooping to their level.

Right or wrong, whether you agree or not, this is why the left is handing us our ass.

avgjo on April 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM

avgjo on April 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Is your thesis that we need to be them?

How about when Breitbart committed an error? Should he just tough it out?

Or would he have more integrity to say, “I committed an error. This was it.”

Would he have more credibility?

Ragspierre on April 17, 2012 at 8:06 PM

As Michelle Malkin and Ed noted at the time, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Intuit, Kraft, Arby’s and Walgreens showed their true colors when they quickly abandoned ALEC. Apparently, they prioritize political correctness above all — even above free and fair elections, not to mention the free markets that enabled the success of such corporations in the first place.

precisely…and the left knows this. These are corporations in business to make money.

what was the Lenin thing? Capitalists, Sell, Rope, Hang them? Evidently the quote is fake…but accurate

r keller on April 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I need to have a list of who I’m boycotting…it’s getting so long I can’t remember them all. (I just got a mailing from Men’s Warehouse…drew a hand with middle finger facing outward and the letters OWS under the finger…and sent it back to them!)…This may get time consuming to not just boycott…but to make an effort to let them know why.

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 8:21 PM

They have a vested interest in keeping their focus narrow so as to retain support on both sides of the aisle and to continue to be effective at influencing legislation at the state level.

Implicit here is the assumption that it will retain the support of the right side of the aisle no matter what. This is precisely the attitude that makes so many conservatives suspicious of and disenchanted with the GOP. The left attacks, the representatives of the right yield…then demand we get our “asses in line” behind them.

fitzfong on April 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

The left attacks, the representatives of the right yield

Who did ALEC represent? I would have thought it was their members, and limited by their charter.

Sometimes we are confused about our allies and people with common cause being us.

They aren’t us. And they will often disappoint us, because we should never have kidded ourselves.

Ragspierre on April 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

The liberal Taliban have infiltrated a very large percentage of American society, its going to be a long hard war to root them out and send them back to a McDonalds grill.

How did “civil rights” organizations do the greatest harm to white supremacy groups?

They went after their insurance vendors.

Speakup on April 17, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I think it’s high time we start a boycott on the Color of Change and any group that supports them. Directly or indirectly.

Skywise on April 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

A resounding YES! How do we discover the sponsors of C of C?

herm2416 on April 17, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Liberalism perverts everything…now mac and cheese and a beef and cheddar….at least conservative women are still way better looking than the liberal brand not that I can do any lusting anyhow

crosshugger on April 17, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Ragspierre.

Sorry, I’m now 70 miles from where I was when I last posted, thus the delay.

Notice the ‘right or wrong, whether you agree or disagree’ part? My statement was intended as an observation to be taken or left. Given the spectacular success of the left in the face of an impotent right, I figure it bore stating.

That’s all.

And no, if you screw up, admit it. But that’s a far cry from folding and then hiding behind ‘mission’ or ‘business’. Nothing in public affairs is separate from politics, and it is disingenuous to pretend otherwise. The left knows our side shrinks, no, WITHERS, from the slightest heat, and will use these b.s. premises to level attacks at us, and our side uses these b.s. premises as cover, to try to save face. Thing is, most of us are waking up to it, and calling it as we see it.

avgjo on April 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

“We are eliminating the ALEC Public Safety and Elections task force that dealt with non-economic issues

Maintaining the integrity of our elections IS an economic issue. How many corrupt banana republics with fixed elections have prospered economically? If the world, and our country, don’t trust that our elections are above board and honest, our reputation and our country will be diminished, economically and in general.

Pussies.

iurockhead on April 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM

I can’t believe the Republicans are so stupid they can’t win this argument. Of course McDonald’s et al, all cave because they know conservatives won’t boycott them if they cave but the liberals will if they don’t. If the Republicans were on top of this, the liberals couldn’t win.

I think Karl Rove and company better get on the stick and do conservative ads for a while because there is no way they should be able to win an argument about voter id, none.

bflat879 on April 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Because having legitimate elections, and thus politicians accountable to the voters would have no impact on financial policy in the government…

astonerii on April 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Who did ALEC represent? I would have thought it was their members, and limited by their charter.

Sometimes we are confused about our allies and people with common cause being us.

They aren’t us. And they will often disappoint us, because we should never have kidded ourselves.

Ragspierre on April 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

My point wasn’t about ALEC. It was about the fact that an environment has been created whereby ostensibly non-political entities often retreat from their non-political positions in the face of political pressure from the left…pressure they can take for granted they will not receive from the right. The retreat by ALEC was apparently made under the assumption that its support was under threat from the left, but not from the right. The fact that groups feel so compelled to react to pressure from the left without feeling similar pressure from the right merely advances the leftist agenda, bit by bit. This is the same pattern that occurs during debates over the debt ceiling: the left makes noise, the right refuses to stand and fight on principle out of fear of losing a battle on narrative and perception, its representatives yield, then lecture the base about the benefits of “compromise”. And what has compromise achieved? The gradual advancement of statism due to an unwillingness to fight over the seemingly “small stuff”.

fitzfong on April 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

fitzfong on April 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I agree with a lot of what you said, but…

Collectivists DO try to subvert ALLLLLL private organizations…from businesses to Boy Scouts.

It IS who they are.

We, conversely, HAVE to resist subverting organizations to serve our political ends.

That is who WE are.

Breitbart CREATED organizations to do what he saw should be done.

There is a lesson there.

Ragspierre on April 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Fitzfong….absolutely correct.

I actually participated with ALEC a few years back and it is a business oriented organization which tries to normalize laws between states so that business doesn’t have to jump through a hodgepodge of conflicting state laws in order to do business nationally. It also allows legislators from one state to tell other legislators HOW the laws have worked in their state and what has been learned. It is conservative fiscally by nature but lots of Dems and Reps attend and find common cause in good law making.

The caving in to Color of Change is understandable…but I suggest that the businesses which FORCED this cave in should pay a price for their kow-towing to left wing pressure groups. Personally…I won’t be buying Turbo Tax, drinking Coke/Pepsi products or ordering Frosty’s anytime soon. The pressure SHOULD cut both ways.

camaraderie on April 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

McDonald’s

It’s been years since I ate there anyway. Good riddance.

Pepsi

After emulating and prostrating themselves in front of Obumbles by changing their logo in 08 I kissed their product goodbye.

Coca-Cola

Buh bye Mr Pibb and TAB :( Guess I’ll have to put off getting diabetes for a little while longer.

Intuit

I’ll do my own payroll thank you very much, you commie azzhats.

Kraft

I’ll buy store brand. Their mac and cheez was good when I was 12 I guess….

Arby’s

Never much cared for them anyway

Walgreens

CVS it is.

I boycott with my pocket book.

StompUDead on April 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Maybe they’re pulling an ACORN. Just change the name.

Someone one the right who understands this game needs to organize a counter punch which includes public education about exactly what fascism is.

Portia46 on April 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM