Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods leave conservative group over controversial stands

CONCORD, NH — Three major corporate sponsors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are dropping their association with the controversial conservative organization. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Kraft Foods, Inc. will no longer support ALEC because of its backing of “Stand Your Ground” gun laws, which have been implicated in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The “Stand Your Ground” gun law was used as a model in crafting New Hampshire’s SB 88 (Kill at your will) that became law last year.

Granite State Progress is now urging several prominent New Hampshire Republicans to terminate their ALEC memberships as well. These known ALEC members include (but are not limited to):

• ALEC State Co-Chair Rep. Gary Daniels, House Labor Chair (R-Milford)

• ALEC State Co-Chair Rep. Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson)

• Rep. Pam Tucker, House Deputy Speaker (R-Greenland)

• Rep. Carole McGuire, House Exec Departments and Admin Committee Chair (R-Epsom)

• Rep. John Reagan, House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee Chair (R-Deerfield)

• Rep. Andrew Renzullo, House Resource Recreational and Development Chair (R-Hudson)

• Rep. Will Smith, Special Committee Public Employee Pensions Reform Chair (R-New Castle)

• Rep. Ken Weyler, House Finance Chair (R-Kingston)

• Rep. Jen Coffey, House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee Vice Chair (R-Andover)

• Rep. Warren Groen, House Environment & Agriculture Committee Vice Chair (R-Rochester)

• Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem)

• Rep. Dan McGuire (R-Epsom)

• Rep. Mark Warden (R-Weare)

• Rep. Moe Villeneuve (R-Bedford)

Granite State Progress is also asking lone ALEC-affiliated House Democrat Kris Roberts (D-Keene) to sever his ties with the corporate-driven organization.

Recent Granite State Progress reports exposed that ALEC-affiliated and other corporate-influenced legislators have pushed several pieces of ALEC model legislation in the New Hampshire State House this year, including:

HB 1607 and SB 372 Private School Voucher

HB 1560 Health Care Compact

CACR 6 Super Majority Act

SB 289 and SB 318 Photo ID to Vote

HCR 2 Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

HCR 40 Regarding National Debt

“Given what we now know about ALEC and its detrimental effect on New Hampshire’s public policy, there’s no excuse for New Hampshire legislators to continue their involvement in the organization,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Director of Granite State Progress. “The fact that Coke, Pepsi and Kraft have left ALEC speaks volumes to how toxic the group has become. It’s time for New Hampshire’s ALEC members to follow suit.”

For more information contact Zandra Rice Hawkins, (603) 892-2150, at Granite State Progress.

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