Biotechnology Firm Amgen Becomes The 31st Company To Dump ALEC

Amgen, a biotechnology firm with approximately 17,000 employees, joined 30 other companies today that have broken ties with the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC provides “model” legislation, often drafted by industry lobbyists, to state lawmakers with the intention of having those model bills be enacted into law. Although ALEC recently eliminated a task force that pushed voter suppression laws and the so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws that played a significant role in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting, the conservative group remains committed to other priorities such as repealing minimum wage laws, eliminating capital gains and estate taxes, and blocking safeguards that protect children from eating rat poison.

Other companies that have broken ties with ALEC in the wake of a progressive campaign exposing its connection to Stand Your Ground and voter suppression laws include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Procter & Gamble,, Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, Dell Computers, Best Buy, General Motors and Walgreens.