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RELEASE Corporate Sponsors Quit ALEC; Granite State Progress Urges New Hampshire House Republicans To Do the Same

Friday, April 06, 2012
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Zandra Rice Hawkins, (603) 892-2150
Corporate Sponsors Quit ALEC; Granite State Progress Urges New Hampshire House Republicans To Do the Same
Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods leave conservative group over controversial stands
CONCORD, NH — To date, 3 major corporate sponsors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have indicated they will not renew their memberships to the controversial conservative organization. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Kraft Foods, Inc. made the announcements in recent days amid mounting criticism over ALEC’s backing of “Stand Your Ground” gun laws, which have been implicated in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin – and which is the same model legislation used in crafting New Hampshire’s SB 88 that became law last year.
Granite State Progress is now urging several prominent New Hampshire Republicans to terminate their ALEC memberships as well. These known ALEC members include (but are not limited to): 
  • ALEC State Co-Chair Rep. Gary Daniels, House Labor Chair (R-Milford)
  • ALEC State Co-Chair Rep. Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson)
  • Rep. Pam Tucker, House Deputy Speaker (R-Greenland)
  • Rep. Carole McGuire, House Exec Departments and Admin Committee Chair (R-Epsom)
  • Rep. John Reagan, House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee Chair (R-Deerfield)
  • Rep. Andrew Renzullo, House Resource Recreational and Development Chair (R-Hudson)
  • Rep. Will Smith, Special Committee Public Employee Pensions Reform Chair (R-New Castle)
  • Rep. Ken Weyler, House Finance Chair (R-Kingston)
  • Rep. Jen Coffey, House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee Vice Chair (R-Andover)
  • Rep. Warren Groen, House Environment & Agriculture Committee Vice Chair (R-Rochester)
  • Rep.  Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem)
  • Rep. Dan McGuire (R-Epsom)
  • Rep. Mark Warden (R-Weare)
  • Rep. Moe Villeneuve (R-Bedford)
Granite State Progress also encourages lone ALEC-affiliated House Democrat Kris Roberts (D-Keene) to sever his ties with the corporate-driven organization.
Recent Granite State Progress reports exposed that ALEC-affiliated and other corporate-influenced legislators have pushed several  pieces of ALEC model legislation in the New Hampshire State House this year, including:
HB 1607 and SB 372 Private School Voucher
HB 1560 Health Care Compact
CACR 6 Super Majority Act
SB 289 and SB 318 Photo ID to Vote
HCR 2 Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law
HCR 40 Regarding National Debt
And, as referenced above, last year’s ALEC model legislation bill SB 88, widely known as “stand your ground” or “kill at will” bills. Laws like these have been widely criticized for promoting the sort of “vigilante justice” mindset that contributed to Martin’s death.
“Given what we now know about ALEC and its detrimental effect on New Hampshire’s public policy, there’s no excuse for New Hampshire legislators to continue their involvement in the organization,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Director of Granite State Progress. “The fact that Coke, Pepsi and Kraft have left ALEC speaks volumes to how toxic the group has become. It’s time for New Hampshire’s ALEC members to follow suit.”
For more information:
GSP Release: Exposed: Outside Special Interest Group Wrote NH’s Right to Work for Less Legislation
GSP Release: Granite State Progress Calls on Speaker O’Brien to Publicly Release List of NH Legislators Attending Corporate-Sponsored ALEC Conference
GSP Release: New Hampshire State House Introduces a Shocking 7 ALEC Corporate-Written Pieces of Legislation in One Week Alone
GSP Release: New Hampshire State House Introduces Another 3 ALEC Corporate-Written Pieces of Legislation This Week
ALEC Exposed: Corporate Special Interests & Corporate Model Legislation in New Hampshire
Online links to press releases available at www.GraniteStateProgress.org. Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern. Granite State Progress works as a communications hub for the progressive community to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems.



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