Wal-Mart Pulls Out of Group That Advocates ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws
Wal-Mart has joined the list of major corporations withdrawing their support from a conservative political group that advocates the “Stand Your Ground” laws that came under intense focus after the Trayvon Martin killing became a national story.
“The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC,” as The Associated Press writes, “is made up of a group of lawmakers and private sector officials and has become a lightning rod for political debate in recent months. Wal-Mart has been a member since 1993.”
Last month, NPR’s Peter Overby reported, “a coalition of liberal and civil rights groups went public with a campaign to undermine” ALEC. In the first week or so of that effort, “seven corporations — Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mars, Kraft Foods, McDonalds, Wendy’s and the software maker Intuit — dropped their memberships in ALEC. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it won’t give ALEC any more grants, though one already under way [would] continue.”
Late Wednesday, the AP reports, Maggie Sans, Wal-Mart’s vice president of public affairs and government relations, sent a letter to ALEC. The giant retailer, she said, is concerned that ALEC has been getting involved in issues that “stray from its core mission ‘to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets.’ “