Fla. shooting spurs protests against firms with ties to legislative group

April 13, 2012

By Tom Hamburger, The Washington Post

The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida is reverberating today in an unlikely place: the executive suites of major corporations.

In recent days, advocacy groups have targeted more than a dozen corporations over their financial support for the conservative organization that encouraged states to pass the “Stand Your Ground” legislation cited as a defense for George Zimmerman, the man charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting.

The advocates are celebrating decisions by several major food and beverage companies to sever financial ties with the organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, McDonald’s, Kraft Foods and Wendy’s have cut their support for the group, although all played down any connection to the Florida shooting.

The tension in corporate boardrooms over the case is the latest example of the pitfalls companies can sometimes face when they donate to political and lobbying groups, even those that seem safely below the radar of public consciousness.

The ALEC controversy is now sparking a broader debate about corporate participation in politics and the polarized state of political discourse. At a minimum, it has strengthened calls for companies to develop clear policies explaining their spending.

To read more, visit:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trayvon-martin-shooting-spurs-protests-against-companies-with-ties-to-legislative-group/2012/04/12/gIQAs8HuDT_story.html

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CTH says:

    I, for one, will remember the gutless response of the management of those companies. It is peculiar how some can seem to recognize the wisdom of supporting our right to defend ourselves, and then being bamboozled by the likes of the irreverent opportunists extortionists like Jackson and other black misleaders.

  • Rattlerjake says:

    They’re all reacting over the blackmail tactics that the black community is using to get their way. Considering that there was not sufficient evidence to take to a grand jury, this prosecution is a witch hunt and another assault toward our 2nd amendment rights. The media continues to paint this 17 year old teenager (young adult) as an innocent 12 year old child instead of the arrogant, disrespectful, and belligerent individual that he, like “most” black youth, became. These corporations are more worried about their financial status than justice and American values.

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