Originally posted at Eclectablog.
In another blow to the corporate front group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), another internet powerhouse is leaving the pro-Big Business "bill mill".
From Common Cause:
Yahoo issued the following statement to Common Cause Wednesday night:
"We’ve decided to discontinue our membership in ALEC. We periodically review our membership in organizations and, at this time, we will no longer participate in the ALEC Task Force on Communications and Technology."
This comes after recent departures of Microsoft, Google, Yelp, and, and Facebook.
When Google left, ALEC released a completely disingenuous response saying, in part, "ALEC believes renewable energy should expand based on consumer demand, not as a result of a government mandate." What this statement neglects to point out is that, through their model legislation and intense lobbying efforts, ALEC actually interferes with the so-called free market by tipping the playing field in the direction of fossil fuel interests like coal, oil, gas, and other petroleum producers.
So, let's not pretend that they are victims of tree-hugging groups that want to thwart the "invisible hand of the free market" when they themselves have been a driving force in manipulating the market.
As I said before, this is nothing short of draining the swamp to fortify our American democracy against those who make it a corporatocracy.
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