Walmart executive Janet Scott served as the co-chairwoman of ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force in 2005, according to an ALEC spokesman, when the panel approved the model language for Stand Your Ground laws. Since then, Tara Mica, an National Rifle Association state liaison, and Stacie Rumenap, the president of Stop Child Predators, a sexual assault advocacy group, have co-chaired the task force.
Last week, ALEC announced it would disband the task force, though its website was still available as of this afternoon.
Statements from several of the companies that cut ties with ALEC said that the group had waded too far into social issues.
“I think they went away from their core principles,” one lobbyist familiar with the situation said.
ALEC’s treasurer, Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R), told Roll Call that social issues were always a small part of the group’s agenda, adding ALEC is “refocusing our efforts and our interests in the area in which we have expertise.”
ALEC leaders were quiet at first but have become increasingly aggressive with their counterpunches.
“This is a golden opportunity to have the ALEC message get out,” he said. “We are here waiting with open arms to have them come back and join us again.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.