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Good news!!
This happened earlier today.

20 corporations and
 4 nonprofits have now dumped the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -

From the Center for Media and Democracy  -

Dell Computers confirmed today that they will not be renewing their membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council Education (ALEC). Dell, whose ads in the early 2000s included the slogan "Dude, You're Getting a Dell," was a member of the ALEC Education Task Force and is the twentieth corporate member (and the twenty fourth private sector member) to drop their ALEC membership in recent months.

"Dell makes it a practice to review our memberships each year. We reviewed the value of our participation in the Education committee and decided that we will not be renewing our membership with ALEC next month. We provided our feedback to ALEC a few weeks ago when we told them we were not renewing," said Dell representative Deborah Albers in an email obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy.

The ALEC Education Task Force promotes privatization of public schools and online education.  

Originally posted to MNDem999 on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM PDT.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  One more down... nt (10+ / 0-)

    If you play Microsoft CD's backwards, you hear satanic things, but that's nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.

    by Unit Zero on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 12:45:29 PM PDT

  •  Good news (8+ / 0-)

    now we need to be vigilant as I am sure some will already be plotting ALEC's rebirth under a new and equally unassuming moniker. ALEC relies on flying under the radar to do its evil.

  •  Good News. Now I Will Ask A Stupid Question (7+ / 0-)

    as a marketing and branding guy I get a large, global technology (both consumer and business-to-business) company joining any number of groups. Technology groups. Groups on standards. Maybe even the Chamber of Commerce.

    But why they heck would a company like Dell join ALEC?

    Look clearly I am a liberal, but I also have a lot of Republicans friends and family members. When you make a product that sells to just about everybody, why join a group that might totally piss off say 30 or even 50% of your potential customers?

    Stuff like this has just never made any sense to me.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 12:52:23 PM PDT

    •  Because it's not about market share it's about (6+ / 0-)

      control. Or more importantly fear that your competiors might get that control. Dell joined because HP joined because... Well, you get the idea. Now about those first joiners? If you had a chance to draft legislation that made it lucrative to have the state government of Idaho purchase computers for all high schools wouldn't you want to make sure your brand was considered? Now ask yourself why they wanted to join.

      All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 12:57:53 PM PDT

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      •  I Knew That Was Coming (2+ / 0-)
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        as a response and it might be spot on. I mean if I could get ALEC to draft laws for folks in Texas where I could get work visas so I could hire somebody from India for less than somebody working for me for decades .... well clearly I can see why that would be done.

        But I honestly think something else is at work here. I just don't know what it is. Almost like they have so much money just join every group, cause you never know when they might be able to help you.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 01:01:14 PM PDT

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        •  It could be that (3+ / 0-)
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          But if that was the case as soon as ALEC became toxic why not bolt immediately? Lots of big names bailed quickly. Many more are still deciding what the harm will be. Part of that is they figure the stink will blow over and they'll be able to continue associating with ALEC in the future without it being a drain on them.

          All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

          by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 01:03:52 PM PDT

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          •  Let Me Try To Frame My Question In Context (1+ / 0-)
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            I have worked in the tech field for almost two decades. While I don't know Dell's stance on this directly, most large tech firms (Apple, Google, and Microsoft come to mind) have offered benefits to same sex partners for years and years.

            The reason, you just don't care if a good programmer is gay if they can program. And if your benefit package, when you are interviewing at both Apple and Microsoft is not the same or superior, you lose that talent.

            And to a large extent, talent is all that matters in this field.

            So companies that have for a decade or so plus would offer same sex benefits, why then also join ALEX?

            My gut is what I said in my last comment. You have so much money you just join every organization.

            When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

            by webranding on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 01:08:59 PM PDT

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          •  Oh Your Question. Why Not Bolt ASAP (4+ / 0-)

            I've worked for companies like AOL, EDS, HP, Lucent, AT&T, Peoplesoft. Those companies can take like a month or two to agree to wipe their behinds after taking a dump.

            This is of course, why small start-ups can eat their lunch and they not even realize it is happening until it is too late.

            When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

            by webranding on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 01:12:13 PM PDT

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    •  Until last year - no one knew they belonged... (10+ / 0-)

      ALEC membership was a very well kept secret.  They could get online (computerized) schooling legislation, tax benefit legislation, worker legislation, - lots of stuff

      It wasn't until the ALEC exposed group here at DK started really writing about this group that people started to sit up and take notice.

      Now that companies are identified as an ALEC member and all the nastiness that goes with that -

      the companies have to do a juggle
       - consumer or ALEC -
      revenues from consumers
      or paying out ALEC scholarships and more donations to ALEC and possibly more bad ALEC publicity
      which can lead to reduced revenues and angry shareholders.

      Thanks for the question and stopping by and reading.
      Hope this helps.

      Hopeefully with more consumer activism - we can get more consumer brands to say no to ALEC.

      •  Sticking with the simple path . . . (1+ / 0-)
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        . . . one could suppose that the prime connection for DELL to ALEC would be the chance to produce more sales to 'modern educational options'. That would put DELL right in line with perfectly selfish motives, shipping more computers to the privatized virtual industry of fleecing the lambs of their public funds.

        Not that DELL would have to be greatly concerned over trashing the public education system that got us here; they'd certainly like to sell a computer for every schooldesk in the country if they could, but selling them to all the remote students the Rhee crowd has wet dreams about isn't a bad thing either. You don't have to be a flaming idoitlogue (c) to just be greedy.

        Sometimes we twist ourselves into strange shapes when the answer is just a straight line away.

        The furnace of Affliction produces Refinement, in States as well as Individuals. John Adams, 1776.

        by semiAdult on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 01:42:47 PM PDT

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      •  List of brands... hmmmm... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... that would be interesting.

        Good. Can buy a Dell now. Still can't wipe though with "Angel Soft" (Koch Industries brand).

        Still can't buy a GM, Ford or Chrysler car.

        There are hundreds of brands under the ALEC banner of killing citizen government. One day, we will have and App that tells us what we can buy or not.... hmmmm.

        Still hundreds of companies out there, and don't forget the ones that sponsor major events, without full membership.

        Great Dell-velopment.

        For the occasional reluctant tweet

        by Hector Solon on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 01:29:31 AM PDT

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        •  GM and Chrysler have accepted government bailouts (0+ / 0-)

          and for them to maintain membership in ALEC, an organization fully commited and dedicated to influencing government is a major CONFLICT OF INTEREST.  We taxpayers do not want to see our hard earned tax dollars being shifted to an organization which is intended to find ways to cause us to part with more of our tax dollars, to transfer that wealth to those who work to create upward transfer payments from us to them.


          Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

          by Ohiodem1 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 02:08:25 PM PDT

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        •  I see this as (0+ / 0-)


          What is the alternative here?

          To buy cars made by companies that we know are union busters even if they aren't members of ALEC?

          If there isn't a union label alternative, I'm going to buy union label even if the company is an ALEC supporter.

          by ManfromMiddletown on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 04:38:07 PM PDT

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  •  About frickin' time, Dell. (3+ / 0-)
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    Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

    by jayden on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 01:01:32 PM PDT

  •  It would be very interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    if someone where able to add all these defections up in terms of lost revenue to ALEC.  They're up to 20 now between corporations and foundations.  And my bet is that we are looking at $25,000-$50,000 a year from each of these groups average.  So that's between $500,000 and $1,000,000 a year in lost revenue for an organization that has a $6-7 million annual budget.

    by ManfromMiddletown on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 03:06:43 PM PDT

  •  So where did they go? (0+ / 0-)

    What more secret or clandestine organization did they join to continue their disruption of the American society?

    --Mr. President, you have to earn my vote every day. Not take it for granted. --

    by chipoliwog on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 06:34:49 PM PDT

  •  Time to go after HP, but they are run by a radical (0+ / 0-)

    right republican who ran for Senate last year, can't think of her name, Meg, uh, Whitman.  She's too busy laying off 25,000 people to drop ALEC, but why not dump a bit more bad publicity on HP and see if they will keep up with the Joneses, er, Dells.

    If we get to about 35 companies dropping ALEC funding, we will have about 10 per cent of them.  Keep working to make ALEC toxic, both to its private sector and legislative membership.  The way to make it toxic to its legislative members is to vote them out of office in large numbers.  If we do so, the ones not running this year might just get a message, and if they don't then we vote them out at the first opportunity.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 02:02:29 PM PDT

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