April 12, 2012

#ALEC - let's not praise #McDonald's #Coke #Pepsi

So what if McDonald's is the latest corporation to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Koch Bros' legislative policy/sausage making/policy shop, after Coke, Pepsi,  Kraft, the Gates Foundation, etc.

The real issues are three.

1. What the hell were folks like McDonald's and Coke doing with ALEC in the first place? Especially given the propensity of, say, a MickeyD's to run minority-themed commercials during sports events, this was rank hypocrisy. Not just hypocrisy, but  rank hypocrisy.

2. Given the anti-labor stance abroad of a company like Coke, isn't it rank hypocrisy to now act like it "cares" here in the U.S.?

3. Why has it taken progressive groups this long to lean this hard on ALEC member businesses? Now some, from this big list, may not be "leanable." But surely, others are. My answer? Progressives get their own donations from these companies, or at least from their foundations, and so don't want to bite the hand that feeds them. (These are often the same "progressive" groups that are behind $24K jobs running "district offices" at 60 hours a week, a pay vs. time scale that would be paying minimum wage, if on wage with time-and-a-half for overtime, rather than salary.)

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