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Group behind ‘Stand Your Ground’ law losing corporate members

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Posted at 5:53 PM, Apr 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-05 17:59:17-04

Two popular American companies, Coca-cola and PepsiCo, have terminated their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization that backs “stand your ground gun laws” and “Voter ID” laws, according to NPR.

As NPR reports, the stand your ground law in Florida has been cited as the reason George Zimmerman, captain of the neighborhood watch, has not been arrested in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

“We have a longstanding policy of not taking positions on issues that don’t have a direct bearing on our company or on our industry,” said Coca-Cola Co. spokeswoman Diana Garza Ciarlante told NPR, in response to the action made on Wednesday.

Coca-Cola is currently under pressure from civil rights groups to stop funding “the ALEC agenda on voter ID laws in several states.”

In January, reported NPR, PepsiCo decided not to renew with the organization.

For more information read the full article at NPR.