This is great news. I hope this will have a domino effect and pinch a nerve or two in the ALEC machine.
Reed Elsevier — a personal information provider (of services such as Lexis-Nexis) — and American Traffic Solutions — a provider of traffic technology solutions— have become the 9th and 10th companies to drop ALEC.
Reed Elsevier stated that the campaign to highlight ALEC’s promotion of measures that disempower and disenfranchise minorities played a role in its decision. “We made the decision after considering the broad range of criticism being leveled at ALEC,” said a Reed Elsevier spokesman.
American Traffic Solutions spokesman Charles Territo said his group’s decision not to renew its membership with ALEC “was based on how best to allocate our resources.”
To recap, here is the list of companies that have dropped ALEC so far:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Arizona Public Service
American Traffic Solutions
- So Far: Six Firms Dump ALEC (luminaria.wordpress.com)
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pull support from ALEC (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- The Gates Foundation Pulls Out of ALEC (lezgetreal.com)
- LexisNexis parent company, Reed Elsevier, drops prices in face of boycott (kevin.lexblog.com)
- Take Action: Demand ALEC companies withdraw from membership (allthingsreform.org)
- ALEC getting defensive as shareholders in some corporations grow restive (dailykos.com)