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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

FILE PHOTO: Enterprise employees Mike Slyman (left), Harry Bassett (center) and branch manager John Campbell talk in the Enterprise Rent-A-Car office in the 2200 block of Washington Avenue in St. Louis in August 2012. Enterprise Holdings also operates Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental. Photo by David Carson of the Post-Dispatch.

Enterprise Holdings has dropped its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative lobbying group, after getting pressure from consumers.

One online petition, urging Enterprise to quit ALEC because of the group's position on climate-change legislation, has more than 89,000 signatures.

Laura Bryant, an Enterprise spokeswoman, said in an email that "we carefully listened to customers and business partners who expressed sincere concern about our ALEC membership, and after much consideration, we decided to resign our membership."

Enterprise, based in Clayton, is the world's largest car-rental company. Bryant said the company joined ALEC to fight against state and local taxes on rental cars, "and had little if any engagement with the organization beyond that."

Enterprise's exit from ALEC was reported Wednesday by The Guardian. Enterprise joins a long list of companies, including Emerson, Google, eBay and Ford Motor, that have cut ties with the conservative group.

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David Nicklaus is a business columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.