Yahoo, Facebook and Yelp are all following in the footsteps of Google and are leaving ALEC.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has received some blows in recent weeks with some of the top technological firms dropping out of their council.
Microsoft also dropped out some months ago for the same reason, the ALEC’s position on renewable energy and climate change.
Arn Pearson, Common Causes’ vice president for policy and litigation stated, “Yelp’s departure confirms what we have known for some time: It’s not good business to be involved with ALEC. State legislators and the officers and directors of every company involved with this organization need to take a hard look at their participation; their involvement is in neither their shareholders’ interest, nor the public interest.”
Common Cause is also pursuing a tax whistleblower complaint against the ALEC.
Facebook also chimed in stating that “while we have tried to work within ALEC to bring the organization closer to our view on some key issues, it seems unlikely that we will make sufficient progress, so we are not likely to renew our membership in 2015.”
These key issues of course, refer to the fact that members of ALEC have chosen to deny the issue of global warming.
ALEC have definitely been rattled by these recent departures and even issued a formal letter to Google stating that their decision to leave was based on misinformation.
The letter stated: “your calculated departure from ALEC is based on misinformation from climate activists who intentionally confuse free market policy perspectives for climate change denial…”
These tech companies are part of the 90 others that have left in recent months over the denial of global warming. eBay is the next big tech giant that is expected to follow.