CVS Drops Out of ALEC

CVS, Rhode Island’s biggest local corporation, has dropped its membership with American Legislative Exchange Council, the controversial “right wing bill mill.”

The Woonsocket-based company put out this statement today: “Over the last few weeks, we have closely followed the issues surrounding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and have heard from numerous stakeholders expressing their views. As a result, after careful consideration of the available information, CVS Caremark has discontinued its membership in ALEC.

Company spokesman Michael DeAngelis declined to make further comment. Jon Brien, a conservative state Rep. from Woonsocket who is on ALEC’s board of directors, could not be immediately reached for comment (but we’ll update this story when we hear from him).

With CVS’s departure from ALEC, that leaves only one Rhode Island company as a member of the once-clandestine group that pairs legislators with corporate interests to draft model legislation for use at State Houses around the country. According to the website ALEC Exposed, GTech is still an ALEC member. GTech officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The John Deere tractor company, MillerCoors, BestBuy, Hewlett-Packard also dropped out of ALEC today.

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Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

2 responses to “CVS Drops Out of ALEC”

  1. Bill Monroe

    You don’t need to wait for the comment from Brien, here is what they told him to say:
    “………….this is yet another outrageous example of a multinational Fortune 500 corporation being victimized and bullied by the radical left wing.”

  2. leftyrite

    Yes, and welcome to our forum on plain old mental health.

    ‘Cause, let’s face it; that’s what we’re really talking about.

    All of these totems: janitors, libor, cvs

    how much impact do we have on those goings -on, anyway?

    where are we spiritually?

    in short, how much energy is behind your ideas?

    look at new england

    walk cooly down shaker roads

    think about the sky

    nobody owns your

    access to the mythic.

    or to your belief in the republic that never was

    but always should be,


     William James.


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