LETTER: ALEC too far right for these groups

Farm Forum

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a group promoting far-right legislation. Its tax exempt status is currently challenged, as its sole purpose is to formulate legislation promoting extremely conservative points of view and helping the rich and powerful maintain their status.

The South Dakota Legislative Board has voted to spend our tax dollars to pay for membership dues for all our state legislature’s members and all their expenses to attend ALEC meetings.

ALEC is so far right, the following have dropped their support: Coca-Cola Company, Pepsi, Kraft, Intuit, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Mars, Arizona Public Service, Reed Elsevier, American Traffic Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield, YUM! Brands, Procter & Gamble, Kaplan, Scantron Corporation,, Medtronic, Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, Dell Computers, John Deere & Company, CVS Caremark, MillerCoors, Hewlett-Packard, Best Buy, Express Scripts/Medco, EnergySolutions, Connections Academy, General Motors, Walgreens, Louis Dreyfus, Amgen, General Electric, Western Union, Sprint Nextel, Symantec, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Entergy, Wells Fargo, Merck, Sanofi, Bank of America, WellPoint, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Darden Restaurants, Gates Foundation, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Lumina Foundation for Education, Solar Energy Industries Association and American Wind Energy Association.

Jim Zeman