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Protest at Google Headquarters Demands Google Withdraw from ALEC
Report: Protest outside Google's Mountain View headquarters on February 18, 2014. Common Cause and Forecast the Facts organized a demo to call out Google for being a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) , a corporate lobby that writes right wing legislation, and is linked to climate change deniers. ALEC says it "gives corporations a voice".
Common Cause has filed a whistle-blower complaint saying the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is guilty of under-reporting its lobbying expenditures and claims to be a non-profit organization when it actually benefits large corporations.
Common Cause and Forecast the Facts spearheaded a demonstration on February 18 outside Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. They were bolstered by activists including the Raging Grannies, and members of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and Occupy Mountain View. ALEC is linked to climate denying legislation as well as other extreme right wing agenda items.
Activists are pressuring corporations including Google, Facebook and Yelp to withdraw their membership in ALEC. The Raging Grannies riffed that Google should "use the withdrawal method" during the musical protest in Mountain View. Helen Grieco of Common Cause and Brant Olson of Forecast the Facts led a caravan that started in San Francisco and ended in Sunnyvale at Yahoo. They delivered letters to management as part of the campaign to get corporations, including Facebook, to do the right thing.