Google Denounces Koch-Funded American Legislative Exchange Council, Commits to Leave After Public Outcry

WASHINGTON – Just hours ago, Google co-founder Eric Schmidt denounced the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as liars on the nationally-syndicated Diane Rehm Show. This move comes two weeks after over 50 organizations wrote a letter imploring Google to leave, citing the organization’s opposition to Google’s corporate culture including renewable energy and net neutrality.

“Well, the company has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts — what a shock. And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people — they’re just, they’re just literally lying,” said Schmidt, about ALEC.

“Hundreds of thousands of Americans and over 50 organizations have asked Google to end their support for ALEC’s dangerous and anti-democratic tactics,” said Brad Bauman, a spokesperson for Stand Up to ALEC. “ALEC takes state politicians on lavish vacations to five-star resorts with corporate lobbyists where they dream up bad laws that benefit millionaires and billionaires, not the people who elected them.”