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Major corporations drop support of ‘stand your ground’ group

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Major corporations drop support of ‘stand your ground’ group

A conservative advocacy group that promotes ready-made bills for like-minded lawmakers around the country — a version of Florida’s “stand your ground” law among them — has come under fire since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

At least four major corporations have dropped funding commitments to the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, which also promotes voter-registration laws that require photo identification.

The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Tuesday it would not award another grant to ALEC once it pays the balance of a $376,000 education grant that it awarded to the conservative group last year. Gates Foundation spokesman Chris Williams told Reuters no single issue prompted the foundation’s decision, but “the broader criticisms of ALEC have certainly contributed to our thinking about this.”

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