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Suzanne Gamboa the Associated Press
Published: 08 December 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An online advocacy group wants corporations that market to African Americans to stop giving money to a conservative organization working for stricter voting laws.

The advocacy group is ColorofChange. Executive director Rashad Robinson says it's targeting companies that support the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC.

ALEC is a nonprofit that has helped states pass photo ID laws that are criticized by minority and civil rights groups.

Robinson said Wednesday he is not naming the targeted companies. But he says ColorofChange has already asked the companies once to drop their financial support of ALEC.

ALECs members include legislators and corporations, who pay higher fees to join. An ALEC spokeswoman says ALEC did not spend a lot of resources promoting proposed language for voter ID laws.

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