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


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 CantorMeet Trump's most trusted pollsters Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington GOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' 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.