National Center for Public Policy Research press release

For Release: May 17, 2012
David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 x11 or (703) 568-4727 or [email protected], or Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476 or [email protected]


Yum! Brands, Owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, to Face Questioning by Irate Conservatives at Annual Shareholder Meeting Thursday

National Center for Public Policy Research to Reveal Results of New Poll Showing Public Response to Yum! Boycotting a Conservative Group at Request of Far Left

Conservative Group Had Supported Voter ID

New Poll Shows Yum! Reputation in Jeopardy, Situation Ripe for Consumer Backlash

Other Corporations May Also Face Backlash from Irate Conservative Consumers


Louisville, KY / Washington, D.C. - Today at the YUM! Brands annual shareholder meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, the National Center for Public Policy Research plans to ask YUM! Brands CEO David Novak why his company caved in to left-wing radicals by ending its affiliation with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), because ALEC supports commonsense voter identification laws.

The National Center for Public Policy Research, a shareholder, also will ask Mr. Novak why the company lobbied governments to allow food stamp recipients to use food stamps in its restaurants.

In April, Yum! Brands, owner of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, joined the blatantly anti-conservative boycott of ALEC, joining the likes of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonald's, Wendy's, Kraft Foods, Intuit, Procter and Gamble and others who have cowered to left-wing pressure from the fringe group Color of Change.

After the announcement, National Center Chairman Amy Ridenour explained, "Color of Change has been spewing racism allegations against supporters of Voter ID in an effort to stop voter integrity projects being spearheaded by groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council. And last year, it was widely reported that YUM! was actively lobbying state governments to allow low-income Americans to use food stamps in their restaurants under the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program."

Now, YUM! may start feeling the consequences of these recent decisions.

At the shareholder meeting, National Center General Counsel Justin Danhof intends to present the results of a national poll conducted May 10-13 by The Polling Company for the National Center that shows YUM!'s reputation has been seriously tarnished by its food stamp lobbying and its decision to drop support for ALEC.

Danhof is attending the meeting as proxy for National Center President David Ridenour, who, like the National Center itself, is a YUM! Brands shareholder.

The National Center for Public Policy Research is a conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank established in 1982. It is supported by the voluntary gifts of over 100,000 individual recent supporters. In 2011, it received over 350,000 individual donations. Two percent of its revenue comes from corporate sources. Contributions to it are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.


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