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NRA, ALEC Team Up For Causes Beyond Gun Laws
This week, Coca-Cola and Kraft announced they are pulling their corporate memberships from a conservative group that was behind the spread of "stand your ground" laws like the one highlighted in Florida by the Trayvon Martin case.
The American Legislative Executive Council, also known as ALEC, is getting attention lately for its behind the scenes work pushing conservative legislation in the states.
The group has gotten even more attention since a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed unarmed teenager Martin last month.
The man who shot Martin, George Zimmerman, said he acted in self-defense. Police haven't charged him and legal experts say Florida's "stand your ground" law may shield Zimmerman from prosecution.
The National Rifle Association worked with ALEC to spread similar laws that are on the books in at least 25 states.
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