Target: Chairman John W. Thompson, Microsoft Board of Directors
Goal: Praise decision to withdraw support from secretive anti-environment lobbying group
Recently, Microsoft issued a statement declaring that it is no longer a dues-paying member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate lobbying group that has existed since the early 70s but whose covert agenda has only become widely publicized since 2011. After spending decades gathering a large membership of corporations, lawmakers, and nonprofits, ALEC got caught championing its super-conservative agenda, promoting privatizing education, suppressing voters, deregulating the oil and gas industry, and dismantling unions, Social Security, and Medicare. In the years since, over 80 businesses and hundreds of legislators have severed ties with the group in response to its antics.
Microsoft sent their declaration to The Sustainability Group of Loring, Wolcott and Coolidge and Walden Asset Management, an investment group dedicated to sustainability and social responsibility that asked Microsoft why it supported ALEC in light of the tech giant’s professed commitment to renewable energy. Microsoft’s statement read, “As we discussed, in 2014 Microsoft decided to no longer participate in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force, which had been our only previous involvement with ALEC. With this decision, we no longer contribute any dues to ALEC…we are no longer members of ALEC and do not provide the organization with financial support of any kind.”
By signing this petition, you are applauding Microsoft’s Board of Directors for making the important decision to publicly distance the company from ALEC. You are thanking them for refusing to continue supporting ALEC’s anti-union, anti-environment, anti-voter, and anti-education agenda.
Dear Chairman Thompson and the Microsoft Board of Directors,
As an American and a consumer of your products, I am heartened by your decision to sever your ties with the noted anti-environment, anti-public education, anti-voter, and anti-union lobbying group ALEC. ALEC’s agenda and motives go against everything that Microsoft professes to stand for: innovation, progress, and diversity. Since ALEC’s true colors were publicly exposed in 2011, many businesses have jumped ship and I am glad that you have joined them. I hope other technology and information-based corporations that continue to support ALEC will soon see the wisdom of your example. The technology industry should be looking forward with respect to energy and environmental conservation, rather than backward.
Thank you for standing up against ALEC’s agenda and refusing to support it by remaining a member. I encourage you to continue supporting only organizations and public policy groups that align with your ideals as a company.
[Your Name Here]
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