Other major corporations including Coca-Cola, General Motors, Bank of America, and Proctor & Gamble have severed ties with ALEC in recent years. National Journal reported that more than 50 liberal groups had urged Google in a letter sent earlier this month to disavow the group.
ALEC, founded in the 1970s, gained renewed national attention after Republicans won major victories in state governments in 2010 and the group's signature pieces of model legislation were introduced in statehouses nationwide. It was described by Bob Edgar, the president of the liberal advocacy group Common Cause, as "proof positive of the depth and scope of the corporate reach into our democratic processes."
One of its recent initiatives, according to the Huffington Post, has been model legislation that would require a "balanced" teaching of climate science.