Ford Is The Latest Company To Ditch ALEC

Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, left, watches a presentation by Mark Fields, president and CEO, at the North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Ford Motor Company has decided to leave the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a company spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

“As part of our annual budget review in 2015, we adjusted our participation in several groups. We will not be participating in ALEC in 2016,” Ford spokeswoman Christin Baker said in a statement provided to TPM.

The news was first reported by PR Watch.

Ford follows a slew of major corporations that have decided to cut ties with ALEC over the past few years. The conservative organization drafts model legislation, and the group’s model bills were taken up by many state legislatures following the 2010 elections.

In recent years companies linked to the group taken issue with ALEC’s climate change denial and opposition to renewable energy projects. By the end of 2014, companies like Microsoft, Google, Visa and General Motors had cut ties with the group. In a statement, Google said that ALEC was “literally lying about climate change.”

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