The right-wing lobbying group ALEC is in retreat mode and we bloggers and tweeters deserve some of the credit.
The American Legislative Exchange Council, the once-obscure organization that pairs corporations with state lawmakers to draft pro-business and often anti-union legislation for the state level, is in damage control mode. Corporate members such as McDonald's, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Mars, Inc. have cut ties with ALEC after taking heat from a coalition of progressive groups angry over ALEC's "discriminatory" voter ID bills and controversial "Stand Your Ground" self-defense legislation that figures into the Trayvon Martin shooting in central Florida. -- Mother JonesThe credit (or blame) for ALEC's tactical retreat goes to the army of progressive social networkers who have put pressure of the groups corporate members, including the Gates Foundation, to quit. And quit they have, especially in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. In the past, ALEC has operated behind closed doors, shunning media coverage in order to protect their corporate patrons.
In response to corporations abandoning ship in mass, ALEC Director of External Relations Caitlyn Korb put out a desperate call call for help to all Breitbart Bloggers at a recent Heritage Foundation "Bloggers Briefing." According to PR Watch, Korb is a new ALEC employee who recently worked for the Cato Institute. Both ALEC and Cato have received funding from Koch family foundations. The Heritage Foundation is an ALEC member.