In the face of a successful relay race of corporations dropping their membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Fox News contributor has called for her own campaign against these same corporations. Michelle Malkin asked her readers in the Washington Examiner to not "do business with progressive appeasers" and to boycott businesses that have decided to sever their relationship with ALEC.
Malkin's call for action comes after a successful week of campaigning by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), Color of Change, Common Cause, People for the American Way, Progress Now, CREDO, and other groups, which have urged ALEC's corporate funders to quit the organization for its role in promoting reckless gun laws, voter suppression, and other radical proposals. So far, McDonalds, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Intuit, Wendy's, and the Gates Foundation have announced they would not continue their support for ALEC. In her piece, Malkin characterizes groups like Color of Change as a "minority community activist outfit" and Progress Now as a "a militant group backed by billionaire George Soros."
The recent storm of press about ALEC was prompted by the organization's support for Florida-style "Stand Your Ground" laws, which may be used as a defense by the shooter of 20-year old Trayvon Martin. While Malkin writes that it is, "simply wrong to try to score political points by taking advantage of a great tragedy like Trayvon Martin's death," Malkin was busy scoring her own political points when her website, Twitchy.com, posted a picture of a boy in his boxers holding up two middle fingers for the camera, falsely claiming that it was Trayvon. The site later acknowledged its mistake.