Pressure grows on drug firms to sever ties with conservative group after Trayvon shooting

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ALEC for its part has accused Common Cause of routinely targeting ALEC without first checking its facts. In February, for example, Common Cause accused the group of illegally handing out cash awards to lawmakers -- including House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorGOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington House Republicans find silver lining in minority MORE (R-Va.) -- when in fact ALEC tax filings merely reported the cash value of plaques it hands out to favored lawmakers.

Over the past two weeks, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, McDonald's, Wendy's, Kraft Foods and Intuit announced that they were leaving the group. And the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Monday that it will no longer be making grants to ALEC.

The Sanford, Fla., police department originally said it couldn't legally arrest Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, because of the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. However, the state of Florida arrested Zimmerman on Wednesday and charged him with second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.