Dozens of PA Legislators publicly rejecting controversial lobbying organization.
Rep. Nick Kotik only remaining PA Democrat publicly allied with ALEC.
As a result, 4 PA legislators have cut ties with ALEC, publicly stating they are no longer members. Those legislators are Sen. John Pippy (R, Allegheny, Westmoreland), Rep. Mark Mustio (R, Allegheny), Rep. Sandra Major (R, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D, Allegheny).
Readshaw’s withdrawal leaves only one PA Democrat, Rep. Nick Kotik (D, Allegheny), as a member of ALEC. There are 42 Republicans still publicly allied with ALEC.
The entire list of members of ALEC and those who have rejected ties to ALEC can be viewed at www.JustSayNoToALEC.com
In the past few days, hundreds of legislators around the country and major corporate sponsors of ALEC have indicated they will not renew their memberships to the controversial corporate front group.
ALEC is behind the efforts to pass bills that strip away union rights, scale back child labor laws, attack the regulation power of environmental agencies, suppress voter rights with strict identification requirements, eliminate the social safety net, and privatize public services.
ALEC is not just another public policy organization, it is a front group for some of the most radical and dangerous legislation. With such a proven negative track record of effect on our public policy, there's no excuse for legislators to continue their involvement in the organization.
1. For a list of all state legislators who have left ALEC, visit the ALEC Exposed wiki page.
2. For an ongoing list of the corporations who have left ALEC, visit Think Progress. To date, those companies are: Yum! Brands, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Mars Inc., Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Intuit (Quicken software), Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Reed Elsevier (owner of Lexis Nexis), American Traffic Solutions, Arizona Public Service, and Procter & Gamble. Additionally, the Bill and Melinda Fates Foundation severed its ties to ALEC.
3. Last year’s Keystone Progress report on ALEC and PA can be found here
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