PICKET: Van Jones Group Uses NAACP Style Racism Ad Tactic Against ALEC

Kerry Picket, Washington Times, June 14, 2012

Color of Change, a left wing attack group founded by former White House Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, is on a mission to smear the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a 30 year-old non-partisan membership association for “conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.” {snip}

Left wing groups are attacking ALEC by intimidating ALEC’s corporate donors who have benefited from the conservative organization’s work over the years. A number of these long time donors have fled ALEC after Color of Change and their allies falsely accused ALEC of racism. Below is a radio ad being played in New Jersey that scared away Johnson & Johnson from ALEC’s corporate donor list: {snip}

Woman: You know Johnson & Johnson?

Man: Uh . . . yeah. Why?

Woman: They’re funding an organization called ALEC . . . the American Legislative Exchange Council? It’s attacking the rights of black folks, latinos, and workers in states across the country. It spread the shoot first law that protected Trayvon Martin’s killer and laws that suppress the black vote.

Man: And Johnson & Johnson gives money to that?

Woman: Yeah.

Man: Wow.

Woman: Yeah.

Announcer: Tell Johnson & Johnson to stop funding ALEC.

The ad practically blames ALEC for Trayvon Martin’s death and for “voter suppression” because the organization supports voter ID laws. {snip}

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Color of Change sent a press release about their ad accusing ALEC of racism and explained Color of Change’s intimidation’s tactics against ALEC’s now former donors: (bolding is mine)

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Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) sent a statement in response to the Color of Change ad:

“I am offended by the race mongering tactics of those engaged in a cynical politically motivated attack against ALEC. The fact that they use flagrantly ethnic stereotype voice overs in their racist ad campaign is disgusting. But what is most troubling to me personally is that this crass race mongering intimidation will be successful with cowards within corporate America. The patients are now truly ruling the asylum.”

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