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Facebook, Yelp, Google Begin Purge of Support for Moderately Conservative Group

Huffing and Puffing Huffington Post reports:

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said on Monday that his company's support for the (conservative group) American Legislative Exchange Council was a "mistake," adding that it should avoid aligning with groups that deny climate change.

"We funded [ALEC] as part of a political campaign for something unrelated [to climate change]," Schmidt said on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show." "I think the consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake and so we're trying to not do that in the future."

.........ALEC is an organization made up of conservative state legislators and private sector interests that drafts model legislation for various states........

UPDATE 9/24: Following Schmidt's comments, Facebook announced that it too would distance itself from ALEC, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

"While we have tried to work within ALEC to bring that organization closer to our view on some key issues, it seems unlikely that we will make sufficient progress so we are not likely to renew our membership in 2015," Facebook said in a statement to the Guardian.

A Yelp spokesman also confirmed to the Guardian that it was no longer an ALEC member.