Thanks to MAPE members' activism, Johnson & Johnson is
ending its membership in the American Legislative Exchange
ALEC is the corporate-sponsored group that drafts model
legislation that aims to cut government services and target
public employees. The model legislation is spoon-fed
to member state legislators nationwide, including here in
Minnesota, and legislators push to enact the legislation.
ALEC is behind the effort to enact the voter ID
constitutional amendment and the failed efforts to pass
"right to work" legislation in Minnesota, and many other
As ALEC's efforts to enact model legislation have been
exposed, a mass exodus of corporate members is
underway.Johnson & Johnson is now the most recent in a long
list of companies and non-profits who have ended their
affiliation with ALEC, with others including Coca-Cola,
Pepsi, Kraft Foods, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
McDonald's and Procter & Gamble.
But there is still more work to do. Many major corporations
are still funding ALEC. State Farm is one of them.