Conservative Lobbying Group Loses Support, Switches Tactics

Your Take:’s Rashad Robinson on how the advocacy group ALEC is paying for its push for “Stand your ground” laws.

Protesters of "Stand your ground" laws in Miami, April 2012 Joe Raedle/Getty Images

As we just wrote to the corporations on the Prodigal Son list, ALEC “was designed as an explicit pay-to-play legislation pipeline providing deep-pocketed corporations an end run around state-by-state lobbying efforts.” And no company that cares about its shareholders or customers should want any part of that. But that has not stopped them in the past.

We’ll continue to keep a careful eye on ALEC’s contributors. We urge both the Prodigal Son companies to stay away from ALEC and the remaining corporate members to cut their funding.

Although these companies have every right to be a part of ALEC’s destructive game, they should know that we have every intention of making sure there will be consequences.

Rashad Robinson is executive director of, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Follow on Twitter.

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