The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, said it is shutting down a task force that helped draft voter ID and “stand your ground” gun legislation after major firms such as Coca Cola and Kraft cut ties with the conservative group.
In eliminating the ALEC Public Safety and Elections task force, organization leaders said they would be “redoubling our efforts on the economic front” and taking its eye off issues unrelated to jobs, markets and competitiveness.
“While we recognize there are other critical, non-economic issues that are vitally important to millions of Americans, we believe we must concentrate on initiatives that spur competitiveness and innovation and put more Americans back to work,” the group said in a statement Tuesday.
Remaining task forces include Communications and Technology, International Relations, and Tax and Fiscal Policy.
After pressure and threatened boycotts by advocacy groups such as Color of Change, ALEC members such as Coca-Cola began abandoning the group earlier this month. Corporate dues – anywhere from $7,000 to $25,000 a year – help support ALEC’s operations.