Walmart dumps ALEC

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    Walmart said late Wednesday it is suspending membership in the American Legislative Council (ALEC), which the retailer joined in 1993.


    By Reuters


    ROGERS, Ark. -- Walmart Stores (WMT), the world's No. 1 retailer and the biggest seller of firearms in the United States, is dropping out of a U.S. conservative advocacy group that has been a lightning rod over voting and gun laws.

    Walmart said late Wednesday it is suspending membership in the American Legislative Council (ALEC), which the retailer joined in 1993.

    ALEC sparked controversy recently because of its involvement in voting laws and in "stand your ground" gun laws, including the one under scrutiny in the Florida killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.

    A coalition of liberal advocates targeted the group for its support of the self-defense laws.

    ALEC, which serves as a forum for corporations and mostly Republican state lawmakers and lobbyists to discuss model legislation, has been criticized by liberals for promoting laws that require photo identification to vote.

    ColorOfChange, a liberal advocacy group for black Americans, has said the voting laws put the poor and minorities at a disadvantage.

    In April, ALEC said it was abandoning the committee that worked on "public safety and elections" to focus on the economy. Despite the change, Walmart decided it was no longer focused on the same issues as the council.
     
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    So? Is WalMart some measure for what is right and wrong? :lol:
     
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    Another one bites the dust!



    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is back in the news, and not in a good way for the organization. The flow of defectors from ALEC has slowed of late, but now a major company, Amazon, is parting ways with the extreme, far-right legislation mill.

    Amazon.com announced Thursday that it will not renew membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council—a conservative group that has drafted controversial gun, voting and immigration laws—due to "public concerns."
    The company held a shareholders meeting today, where a coalition of organizations, including People For the American Way, ColorOfChange.org, CREDO Mobile, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, SumOfUs and Fuse Washington, delivered more than 500,000 petition signatures asking the company to leave ALEC. They were obviously heard.

    Amazon's defection makes the news that Scantron Corporation, a $200 million for-profit educational testing and online tutoring company (they make bubble sheets for standardized tests, too), has left ALEC. A little less exciting, but still. It is officially the fifteenth corporation, and the seventeeth organization, to abandon ship. Drip, drip, drip.
     
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    Walmart says:

    "Previously, we expressed our concerns about ALEC's decision to weigh in on issues that stray from its core mission ‘to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets,'" Maggie Sans, Wal-Mart vice president of public affairs and government relations, said in a May 30 letter addressed to ALEC's national chairman and executive director.

    "We feel the divide between these activities and our purpose as a business has become too wide. To that end, we are suspending our membership in ALEC."
     
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    why not just tell us if you are liberal or conservative and why? Why bother to bring up such a trivial topic unless to show us how trivial you are?
     
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    Good, for one the law is stupid and it is good some are standing up against it.

    Now if Walmart can start buying more products made in the US, and move their factories back to the US. that would be even better.
     
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    why not pass a law the all stores have to buy from the most expensive places they can find rather than the cheapest???? Who really cares what customers have to pay!!
     
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    Who really cares that factory jobs are going down the drain. I would rather pay a little more for a better product, then have more and more jobs sent to China.
    Everything is expensive when you don't have a job.
     
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    We all care, but, to protect a job from real world competition means the factory will not turn out world class goods and services. It will keep going downhill faster and faster and drag the entire country down with it. This is Econ 101 and now you know it too without having been to college!!
     
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    huh?

    It has nothing to do with competition and everything to do with the the profit the corporation will make.
    They can pay cheaper labor, make a cheaper product that is total crap, and make more money. They also do not really get penalized for making this product in another country, so that is even more profit.

    Prime example, my mom has a heater she uses in her paint room. It is a small box one that she probably bought in 1981, the thing still works. She bought a modern version at Walmart three or four year ago. It stopped working right a few months ago. We are settling for crap products, and we are settling for these corporations screwing over factory workers.
     

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