ALEC is on the ropes!

Help deliver a knockout blow by exposing Duke Energy’s (UF’s energy provider) connection!!

corporate flag of the USThe American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has worked to undermine sustainability and the public interest in a wide variety of ways, including prohibiting the EPA from regulating carbon emissions, legal protections for corporate polluters, and prohibiting local governments from taking proactive steps to protect their communities from environmental toxins, among various other efforts. ALEC has also worked in partnership with the NRA to help spread FL’s “Stand Your Ground” law throughout the U.S.

An article in “The Guardian” newspaper this week notes that “…the network has lost almost 400 state legislators from its membership over the past two years, as well as more than 60 corporations that form the core of its funding.” “The Guardian” attributes this membership attrition largely to the controversy surrounding the murder of Trayvon Martin and ALEC’s public role in supporting “Stand Your Ground.”

One corporation which has stood by ALEC, however, is Duke Energy, UF’s energy provider. It’s a shame to think that every time a UF student, faculty, or staff-person flips on a light switch, they are helping to fund an organization that is directly undermining their democracy, their planet, and their future.

Visit Common Cause’s webpage to learn more and sign the petition urging ALEC’s corporate members to end their relationship with the organization.

Contributed by Jason Fults

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