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Yelp Takes a Quieter Approach to Breaking Up With ALEC

Yelp Takes a Quieter Approach to Breaking Up With ALEC
Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Google isn’t the only tech company that is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council. A day after Eric Schmidt said his company would end its membership over concerns about ALEC’s stance on climate change, Yelp says it let its membership expire over the summer. A spokesperson for Facebook says it is “not likely to renew our membership in 2015.”

While Google took some shots at the group on its way out the door—Schmidt said “we should not be aligned with such people—they’re just, they’re just literally lying”—Yelp praised ALEC for serving as an effective way to promote legislation. Like Google, Yelp faced widespread criticism from liberal activists. At the time, the issue was ALEC’s support for so-called “stand your ground” laws. ALEC later retrenched on the topic due to public pressure.