BREAKING: Johnson & Johnson Drops ALEC, the right-wing group behind "Stand Your Ground" laws thkpr.gs/LiIi2O—
ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) June 12, 2012
Johnson & Johnson, the Fortune 500 company specializing in pharmaceuticals and medical products, became the latest company to cave in to left-wing pressure and cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Counsel (ALEC).
“We have been in dialogue with ALEC for some time, and while we acknowledge ALEC’s recent decision to focus only on innovation and growth-supporting policies, we have decided to suspend our participation and membership,” Carol Goodrich, the company’s director of corporate communication, said in a statement. No mention has been made of the decision on Johnson & Johnson’s Twitter account, @JNJComm.
ALEC’s dedication to federalism and limited government has long made it a target of shadowy left-wing groups like Color of Change, and pressure on its members was ratcheted up in the wake of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin incident in Florida. Earlier this year, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and other companies broke ties with the nonpartisan organization, and today the left claimed another scalp.
The hate flowed freely from the left side of the twittersphere – and, as you might expect, the left was no more hesitant to crow about this latest capitulator than they were to continue making inaccurate claims about ALEC’s supposed partisan leanings, legal status, and supposed role in the Trayvon Martin case:
The left’s lack of understanding about ALEC’s structure and its role in legislation was on full display, as was the strange belief that ALEC secretly pulls the Republican Party’s marionette strings:
However, some concern did penetrate the jubilation:
My only concern re stop ALEC campaign, what will stop withdrawn companies from forming new Conservative PAC? Who is monitoring this?—
P. Mimi Poinsett MD (@yayayarndiva) June 12, 2012
Clearly it’s imperative that somebody keep an eye on recovering ALEC supporters like Johnson & Johnson, lest they fall off the wagon and go back to their old (*gasp!*) conservative-supporting ways.
Johnson & Johnson’s cave-in also inspired a renewed call for other groups to drop their affiliation with the limited government-oriented organization.
Johnson & Johnson tweeted this comment this morning: