(RNN) - The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has come under fire after news of its heavy push for "Stand Your Ground" laws across the country broke.
Yesterday, Wendy's International, the parent company of the Wendy's fast-food chain, announced through Twitter that it had dropped its membership with ALEC in late 2011 because it "didn't fit our business needs."
The chain is one of six major companies to announce that they have dropped membership with the group, including McDonald's, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Inuit.
The group's ties to the legislation are not entirely clear, although the National Urban League has joined other civil rights groups suggesting that ALEC may have ghostwritten the law. However, ALEC has only said that the law inspired their model legislation on the issue.
"It does not allow you to pursue another person," the group said in a news release. "It does not allow you to attack someone who does not pose an imminent threat. What it does is allow you to defend yourself and your family from immediate and real danger."
The group has said it is unsure whether Florida's Stand Your Ground law would apply to the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, 28.
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