Coca-Cola severed ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) today in the face of pressure from opponents of voter ID laws, laws like the one that passed today in the Minn. Senate. ALEC supports the passage of such laws.
From The Washington Examiner:
In caving into the economic threats, Coke told Secrets: “The Coca-Cola Company has elected to discontinue its membership with [ALEC]. Our involvement with ALEC was focused on efforts to oppose discriminatory food and beverage taxes, not on issues that have no direct bearing on our business. We have a long-standing policy of only taking positions on issues that impact our Company and industry.”
The news did not go over well with conservative talk radio host and pundit Dana Loesch:
Many others felt the same way:
Fast food chain Arby’s quickly followed suit, vowing to discontinue ads on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show – in the wake of the month-old “Slutgate” controversy:
In doing so, Arby’s has alienated a large number of current and potential customers, who view this move as a strike against free speech.
And our buddy Sooper Mexican would just like to remind everyone who’s decided to stop eating at Arby’s that they won’t be missing out on anything:
Based on Twitter buzz, it’s looking like Coke’s and Arby’s decisions turn out to be major “D’oh!” moves. Whoops.