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Sat Feb 22 2014
Protest at Google Headquarters Demands Google Withdraw from ALEC
Sat Feb 22 2014
Google, Facebook, and Yahoo Membership in American Legislative Exchange Council Under Fire
On February 18, demonstrators rallied on Google headquarters property, calling out the internet search giant for being a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a corporate lobby that writes right wing legislation, and is linked to climate change deniers and "Stand Your Ground" laws. ALEC says it "gives corporations a voice".

Common Cause has filed a whistle-blower complaint saying that ALEC is guilty of under-reporting its lobbying expenditures and claims to be a non-profit organization when it actually benefits large corporations.

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 break their affiliation with ALEC.

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