GM Pulls Out of ALEC, Possibly Penn State – Car Pro News

General Motors is the latest corporate sponsor to withdraw from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group criticized for writing and promoting conservative legislation nationwide.
The group – otherwise known as ALEC – came under heavy fire earlier this year for its connection to so-called “stand your ground” laws in states, including Florida, where questions were raised following the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin this winter. It has also been criticized for its connection to voter ID laws.
The group also drew the attention of protesters, like the ones from Occupy Phoenix in Arizona.
GM spokesman Greg Martin confirmed that the company dropped its membership and financial support – which he said was less than $25,000 a year – for ALEC last week. He declined to give a reason for the decision.
“We routinely re-evaluate our support for a variety of organizations. As such we have decided to discontinue our support and funding of ALEC,” he said.
McDonald’s, Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola are among other organizations that have withdrawn from the group.
General Motors is also re-evaluating its sponsorship of Penn State in the wake of the sex abuse scandal, Automotive News reported.
GM spokesman Tom Henderson told the News that said the company is reviewing the situation, but had no comment on if or when a decision would be made.
He told the News that college sponsorships are handled by GM regional offices and that GM supports “a number of teams” but did not offer a number.
The NCAA levied severe penalties against Penn State, that means there may not be much of a team to support for the year.


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