ALEC Teeters as Boycott Success Forces Members to Flee
The successful boycott of ALEC is the sending the organization into a PR tailspin, and forcing members to flee and rebuke the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Republic Report was the first to confirm that the for profit Washington Post owned education company Kaplan was a member of ALEC. Kaplan later confirmed that they were only a member for a year, and that they are currently no longer a member of the organization. The major development here isnít that Kaplan dumped them. According to Kaplan Higher Education, they left ALEC in August 2011.
The fact that the ALEC brand name has become so damaged that previous members feel compelled to make it publicly known that they are no longer involved with the organization is a major development. The boycott has been so successful at negatively defining the organization that some companies no longer what their name associated with ALEC.
The boycott has made ALEC a dirty four letter abbreviation that is bad for business. Being associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council now carries a negative public perception. Companies donít want to be publicly tied to an organization that actively works to suppress voting rights, champions stand your ground laws, and operates behind closes to doors to bypass the democratic process in order to enact a pro-corporate agenda.