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Yelp Joins With Advocacy Group ALEC to Fight SLAPP Lawsuits | TheDailyBeast.com

Yelp Joins With Advocacy Group ALEC to Fight SLAPP Lawsuits | TheDailyBeast.com | Public Affairs | Scoop.it

The American Legislative Exchange Council once faced a backlash for its support of Stand Your Ground and voter ID laws, losing Coca-Cola and Kraft as members. Now the advocacy group is working with companies such as Google, Facebook, and Yelp, and taking more civil libertarian stances on technology issues than it has in the past.

 

ALEC, which holds conferences at which state legislators and corporations work together to draft model laws on issues that affect corporate interests, has been reaching out to Silicon Valley. At an ALEC meeting in Chicago last week, Yelp’s director of public policy, Luther Lowe, delivered a presentation to ALEC’s civil justice task force urging the group to consider adopting model legislation on strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPPs. If approved, the anti-SLAPP policy would have to be ratified by ALEC’s communications and technology task force, which includes representatives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo. (The first two companies have not previously been reported to be involved with ALEC and have not responded to requests for comment.)

 

 

None of these companies were represented on the task force as recently as 2010 (PDF). ALEC member companies pay annual dues and can sit on task forces where they can propose, debate, and vote on model bills with state legislators. Once approved by ALEC, the model legislation is introduced and often passed in statehouses across the country.

 

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Welcome To Hypeweek - The people (or has... - INet Entertainment | Facebook

Welcome To Hypeweek - The people (or has... - INet Entertainment | Facebook | Public Affairs | Scoop.it
Welcome To Hypeweek - The people (or has public relations gone programmatic, too?) responsible for creating and placing press hype for companies in the... (Welcome To Hypeweek - The people (or has public relations gone programmatic, too?
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Why small towns need advocacy journalists - Muck Rack

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The following is an opinion piece written by Chris Slater. National newspapers are national for a reason. USA Today serves all of the USA...today. Major metropolitan areas have enough movers-and-shakers to warrant nationwide coverage and attention.
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City Of San Diego Rehires Lobbying Firms - KPBS

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City Of San Diego Rehires Lobbying Firms KPBS SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two lobbying firms whose contracts former Mayor Bob Filner ended were rehired by the city to nurture San Diego friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, interim Mayor Todd...
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Outrage: A disturbing development in Russia

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The International Olympic Committee say they're 'satisfied' with Russia's anti-gay law and will not act on behalf of the Olympic Charter. (Shame on the IOC! The @Olympic s say they are 'fully satisfied' with #Russia's anti-gay law.
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iLobby Unveils Beta Version of First Social Debate and Lobbying Platform for ... - SBWire (press release)

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Menlo Park, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/25/2013 -- iLobby released an early version of its grassroots-lobbying platform.
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Meet Matthew Tejada, the New Environmental Justice Director for the EPA

Meet Matthew Tejada, the New Environmental Justice Director for the EPA | Public Affairs | Scoop.it
Matthew S. Tejada joined the EPA in March of 2013 as Director of the Office of Environmental Justice within the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
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Does public relations need more diverse voices? | PR DIVA

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Public Relations is intensely competitive but why aren't there more diverse voices in corporate communications? (Definitely! "#PRDivaBlog: Does public relations need more diverse voices?
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The Father Of Environmental Justice Sees Danger In How Texas Regulates - KUHF-FM

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Unethical Product Reviews Have No Place in Public Relations

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To commemorate PRSA Ethics Month, PRSAY is offering a monthlong series of posts on important ethics issues facing the public relations profe (Amen!
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Somalia Government Hires Lobbying Firm Podesta Group -- Details

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According to newly released documents, the Somalia government reportedly has signed a 30-day agreement with Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Podesta Group (PG) worth $120,000, representing only...
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Netizen Report: Advocates Push for Privacy at the UN - Global Voices Online

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Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
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Coastal First Nations Launch Oil Spill Ad Campaign to Counter Harper Government’s Pipeline Public Relations Offensive | Andrew Frank Communications

@tsleilwaututh: British Columbian's have spoken, will Harper listen? http://t.co/dIbx31YGFq #OilSpill #notankers #bcpoli #cdnpoli #ngp
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Tony Podesta hires Mary Landrieu's husband to sell lobbying townhouse | WashingtonExaminer.com

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Super-lobbyist Tony Podesta is unloading his $1.8 million Capitol Hill townhouse, and he’s paying Sen. Mary Landrieu’s husband to sell it for him.
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Google just joined this controversial organization despite massive protests.

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What is Google thinking?(@facebook & @google joined ALEC, a lobbying group pushing anti-environment & anti-minority legislation http://t.co/c7N94PJ9Kg via @Sum_of_US)...
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Italian pasta-maker Barilla apparently has a distaste for gay families.
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Ex-lobbyist joins councilman's staff and questions follow - Los Angeles Times

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Geothermal generation gaining new customers

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Texas Gov. Perry to Front Low-Tax Advocacy Group - Wall Street Journal

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Message from the EPA: It’s about protecting people, not polar bears

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The Obama administration’s proposed new limits on power plant pollution -- and the broader fight against climate change -- are about safeguarding vulnerable communities, says the agency’s chief....
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Defense Contractors Take to the Hill to Lobby on Drones - Center for Responsive Politics

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Defense Contractors Take to the Hill to Lobby on Drones Center for Responsive Politics Boeing, Northrop Grumman and General Atomics have all lobbied this year on the technology known as "unmanned aerial vehicles" (UAV) or "remotely piloted...
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NCAA in full PR mode with Penn State, other recent issues - CBSSports.com

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Washington Post NCAA in full PR mode with Penn State, other recent issues CBSSports.com “Clearly public relations are on the front of their minds these days, no question,” Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson recently told me,...
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Robert Bullard, pioneer in environmental justice, is honored by the Sierra Club - Washington Post

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One freezing February day in 1994, environmental scholar and activist Robert Bullard was summoned to the White House.
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Congress Must Stop Protecting Monsanto

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Congress has given 'Big Ag' giant Monsanto a special protection from lawsuits. This inside deal is about to expire but Monsanto is lobbying hard to renew it.

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BioMarin reveals crisis strategy in callous "reply-all" as patient nears final days - AGBeat

BioMarin reveals crisis strategy in callous "reply-all" as patient nears final days - AGBeat | Public Affairs | Scoop.it
BioMarin continues to be at the center of a crisis management nightmare as they deny a cancer patient a life-saving drug, but their strategy was unveiled as the CEO accidentally hit "reply-all" on an email, including the patient's supporters he is...
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