Kraft Ends ALEC Membership, Joining Coca-Cola and Pepsi

Kraft Foods Inc. became the third major corporation to end its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing group that advances voter suppression efforts and other controversial laws to state legislators, the company announced late Thursday night.

The announcement comes just days after progressive advocacy group Color of Change launched a campaign asking major companies to drop ALEC. And earlier this week, Campus Progress—along with our parent organization Center for American Progress and Legal Progress—released a new report detailing ALEC’s involvement with crafting Voter ID and other disenfranchising legislation.

Kraft officials explained their decision in an email statement to Reuters:

ALEC covers numerous issues but our involvement has been strictly limited to discussions about economic growth and development, transportation and tax policy. We did not participate in meetings or conversations related to other issues.

Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons, including limited resources, we have made the decision not to renew.

Kraft Foods produces a number of popular items, including Oreo cookies, macaroni and cheese, Kool-Aid, and a range of other snacks. Republic Report’s Zaid Jilani and Lee Fang visited Kraft’s Washington, DC lobbying offices last week to ask about the group’s ties to ALEC.

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