Amazon.com drops affiliation with political group ALEC

Amazon.com drops affiliation with political group ALEC
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc. is dropping its affiliation with a conservative political group.

Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako said Thursday that the company decided to halt participating with the American Legislative Exchange Council in part because of positions the group took on issues unrelated to the business. She didn't have specifics on those issues.

Several major companies have departed ALEC in recent months amid a coordinated effort by liberal groups to bring attention the organization's activity.

The advocates complain that ALEC improperly influences legislation around the country by allowing corporate leaders to develop model legislation alongside state lawmakers. They also point to some of the laws that ALEC has helped spread around the country, such as ID rules for voters and the so-called "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law.