Washington Post – An upbeat end to a turbulent year for conservative state legislature group
At the dinner, one Washington tech lobbyist, Steve DelBianco, lamented the recent departure of Google and other tech firms from ALEC – and predicted the companies would return.
DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a Washington-based trade association, said leading tech firms fled ALEC because of unrelenting pressure from media and shareholder groups. Google executive Eric Schmidt announced his company’s withdrawal in a live radio discussion with a caller to the Diane Rehm show. Employers are very practical, DelBianco said.
“With two thirds of state legislatures in Republican hands, the case for being present at ALEC is self evident,” DelBianco said.