What is Coca-Cola doing behind closed doors with Koch Industries at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)? The Center for Media and Democracy has uncovered that smoke-filled back room where Fortune 500 firms and right-wing politicians craft the bills that undermine our wages, our legal rights, our voting rights, and our democracy — and it is called ALEC.
While we are not surprised to see Koch Industries, the National Rifle Association, Phillip Morris, RJ Reynolds and Big PhRMA at the table, but we were surprised to see Coca-Cola on the “Private Enterprise Board” a.k.a. the corporate governing board of ALEC. We were surprised to see Coke linking itself to an extreme right-wing agenda that works to disenfranchise voters, bash immigrants, privatize Medicare and Social Security and dismantle public education for the benefit of private for-profit schools.
Coca-Cola’s other brands: Bacardi Mixers, Barq’s, Dannon, Dasani, Fanta, Five Alive, Fresca, Hi-C, Minute Maid, Nestea, Powerade, Sprite, etc.