Have you ever seen a painted apple? An apple painted red will appear a beautiful, polished fruit for a long time to come; at least until the first time you try to pick it up. At which point, the thin shell of its veneer will shatter, and reveal that the original fruit has long since rotted away inside.
The GOP is a lot like that nowadays. Nevermind the election numbers, the fruit that supports its cosmetic exterior is quickly rotting away inside. And Yahoo just abandoned the apple.
The heavily Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been at the core of the conservative corporate corruption apparatus since 1973. Since then, pretty much every corporate tax break, every EPA exemption, every Wall Street deregulation and climate change denial idea, anti-union piece of legislation has come from this group of politicians and corporations working hand-in-hand. ALEC is institutionalized, unabashed and unapologetic cronyism defined.
Voter ID laws? ALEC. Stand Your Ground? ALEC, too. Privatized prisons and schools, deregulation of fracking, de-legalization of public internet networks. opposition to universal healthcare, listing animal rights and environmental protestors as “domestic terrorists”…you better believe that was ALEC.
It’s only been in recent years, though, that this shady organization has been subject to the harsh light of scrutiny. And like anything that grows in the dark on piles of sh*t, it’s begun to dry up rather quickly. Since 2011 or so, some of ALEC’s biggest backers have dropped out, including
- Bill Gates
- General Motors
- Procter & Gamble
Now, a number of major tech companies are joining Amazon in dropping the rotten core of GOP cronyism from their resumes. Primarily because the environment has come so much to the forefront of public discourse, and it’s a bit embarassing to be associated with a group that has such a vested interest in destroying it.
Just last week, Google dumped ALEC with a scathing accusation in regard to its climate-change denial. Said a Google spokesperson:
“They’re just literally lying.”
Pretty harsh words for a company that would know. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt even called his company’s affiliation with ALEC “a mistake.”
And Google’s not alone. Yelp dumped ALEC several months ago, and Microsoft dumped them last month. Now Yahoo is following in their tracks. Yahoo gave the following statement to Common Cause:
“We’ve decided to discontinue our membership in ALEC. We periodically review our membership in organizations and, at this time, we will no longer participate in the ALEC Task Force on Communications and Technology.”
Facebook has also announced that it won’t be renewing its ALEC membership for 2015. So, let’s review a few of the companies which, in the last years, have dropped the PR nightmare that is ALEC as though it were on fire:
The rotten apple of the GOP is collapsing in on itself. Does this signal a possible light at the end of the tunnel, a possible end to Reagan’s corporate America? Maybe, maybe not. We can hope. But one way or the other, it’s only a matter of time before the first cracks in the GOP’s veneer of polished fruit begin to appear, and the whole rotten mess collapses in on itself.
H/T: Huffington Post