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Enterprise Rent-A-Car must stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council

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The petition to Enterprise Rent-A-Car reads:

“The American Legislative Exchange Council’s opposition to clean energy directly contradicts your stated commitment to sustainability. Stop funding climate change denial and immediately end your membership in ALEC.”

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    Enterprise Rent-A-Car must stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car – the world’s largest car rental company – has joined the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a shadowy corporate front group that blocks clean energy policies, supports discriminatory voter ID laws and works to stop gun control legislation.1

    Enterprise’s support for ALEC directly contradicts its stated commitment to sustainability, clean energy and the fight to stop climate change.2

    More than 100 companies have ended their membership in ALEC in recent years due to its climate change denial and support for extreme, right-wing legislation.3 We need strong and immediate grassroots pressure to make sure Enterprise reverses course and terminates its membership in ALEC.

    Tell Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    Over the years, ALEC has worked to repeal clean energy laws, challenge Environmental Protection Agency regulations, support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and create fees for Americans who install solar panels on their own home. ALEC has also drafted model legislation that questions the scientific consensus on climate change, falsely claiming that there is “a great deal of scientific uncertainty.”4

    Enterprise boasts in its 2015 sustainability report that it is “in a strong position to help drive sustainable travel solutions and policies around the globe” and that “customers and employees look to us to be responsible stewards of our business and the communities where we live and work.”5

    In a statement to The Guardian, an Enterprise spokesperson claimed that the company’s “relationship with Alec is solely focused on the car rental excise tax issue.”6 But by joining ALEC as a paying member, Enterprise is financially supporting ALEC’s entire right-wing, anti-clean energy agenda.

    Tell Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    ALEC’s extreme, far-right agenda goes much further than blocking efforts to address climate change:

    *“Shoot first” laws: ALEC initially gained public prominence after George Zimmerman, the murderer of Trayvon Martin, walked free because of Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law. ALEC had backed similar model gun owners’ rights bills in multiple states.7

    *Voter suppression: State-level voter ID laws designed to make it harder for minorities to vote have swept the nation in recent years. Many of these laws were based on ALEC’s 2009 model “Voter ID Act.” ALEC’s founder Paul Weyrich once even said, “I don't want everybody to vote . . . As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”8

    *ALEC has also worked to block paid sick leave laws, stop increases in the minimum wage and ban the exposure of cruel and unsafe practices on factory farms.9

    This summer, news broke that the AARP had joined ALEC. After swift pushback from labor unions, our friends at Social Security Works and others, the AARP quickly reversed its decision announced that it would not be renewing its ALEC membership.10 Sign our petition now to help make sure Enterprise Rent-A-Car follows suit and immediately reverses its decision to join ALEC.

    Tell Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    Thanks for everything you do.

    1. Sam Thielman, “Enterprise Rent-A-Car becomes paid Alec member despite green efforts,” The Guardian, August 22, 2016.
    2. The Business of Sustainability, Enterprise Holdings Inc. 2015 Sustainability Report, Fiscal Year 2015.
    3. David Armiak, “Expedia Latest to Exit ALEC,” PR Newswatch, August 10, 2016.
    4. Alec’s Anti-Climate Change Agenda,” alecclimatechangedenial.org.
    5. Ibid.
    6. Ibid.
    7. Brendan Fischer, “Voter ID Will Take Effect in Wisconsin--Here's What that Means,” The Center for Media and Democracy’s PRWatch, March 23, 2015.
    8. John Nichols, “How Alec Took Florida’s License to Kill Law National,” The Nation, March 22, 2012
    9. 6 Dangerous ALEC-Backed Bills Beyond Stand Your Ground Laws,” ThinkProgress, July 15, 2013.
    10. Michael Hiltzik, “A shamed AARP withdraws from right-wing lobbying organization ALEC,” Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2016.