Moline, IL/Washington, DC – Today at John Deere’s annual shareholder meeting in Moline, Illinois, an attorney with the National Center for Public Policy Research criticized Deere executives for caving to left-wing race bullies and dropping its membership the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) a venerable network of conservative state legislators.
Deere dumped ALEC at the behest of Color of Change after Color of Change baselessly complained that ALEC’s work on state-level voter ID measures were really racist attempts to suppress black votes.
“Deere CEO Samuel Allen stood firmly behind his company’s decision to drop ALEC, and made it clear that Deere will not reconsider membership in ALEC. Allen claimed that the decision to leave ALEC was not specifically related to its work on voter ID laws,” said National Center Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq., who questioned Allen today. “When I pressed Allen as to why then the company dropped ALEC, he refused to say. It is likely he has no other explanation than the pressure from Color of Change. Deere dropped ALEC during the height of Color of Change’s anti-ALEC campaign, and Deere sent a letter to Color of Change letting it know Deere was dropping its membership. That’s more than a coincidence.”
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Van Jones and James Rucker co-founded Color of Change, whose motto is “Changing the Color of Democracy,” in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Color of Change was outraged with the government response to the disaster and saw race as a motivating factor. The Color of Change website explains, “Hurricane Katrina made it clear that our lack of a political voice has life-and-death consequences. With no one to speak for them, hundreds of thousands of people – largely Black, poor, and elderly – were left behind to die.”
Color of Change is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. On its website, Color of Change state that it “exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice. Our goal is to empower our members – Black Americans and our allies – to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.”