By Rebekah Wilce on April 24, 2012

Procter & Gamble, the $82.5 billion-a-year maker of many familiar brands of household products such as Bounty, Charmin, Pepto-Bismol, and Pantene, announced that it has decided not to renew its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

P&G BrandsP&G External Relations Manager Elizabeth Ratchford told Color of Change (CoC), the online civil rights group, that the company began reviewing its membership in January and decided not to rejoin ALEC in 2012.

Johnson & Johnson, a competing $65 billion-a-year manufacturer of household products such as Tylenol, Band-aids, and Visine, has not yet decided to cut ties with ALEC, despite having heard from thousands of customers. Click here to learn more about the firm's ALEC agenda.

P&G is the 13th company to announce a similar decision in the last three weeks. The other corporations are YUM! Brands, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Mars Inc., Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Intuit, McDonald's, Wendy's, American Traffic Solutions, Reed Elsevier, and Arizona Public Service.

CMD and other groups are currently urging Johnson & Johnson, State Farm, and AT&T to reconsider their membership with ALEC.

Rebekah Wilce

Rebekah Wilce is a reporter and researcher who directs CMD's Food Rights Network project.