The American Legislative Exchange Council, the free-market group that connects state legislators and corporate members, says Google’s departure from the group was “based on misinformation.”

In a letter to 11 of the company’s executives, ALEC and 156 lawmakers criticized Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt for comments made during a radio interview on Monday. During the exchange, he described Google’s membership in ALEC as “some sort of a mistake,” portraying the group as denying climate change and adding that Google was dropping its membership in the organization. The announcement caught ALEC, which also maintains a library of model legislation, off guard and, in the Wednesday letter, the group denied the allegation.

“It is a shame that you would harm this working relationship by falsely attacking ALEC, an organization of which we are proud,” they wrote in the letter.

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The organization understands the importance of climate change, they said, but strongly opposes government intervention.

“Indeed, no ALEC model policy denies climate change; however, the organization does maintain model policy designed to address the scientific and economic aspects of the issue of climate change,” they say. “The organizations that pressured you consistently conflate climate change denial with having significant concerns over government mandates, subsidies and climate regulations. To ALEC, nothing is more anathema than the government picking winners and losers.”

The letter also describes the decision as “short-sighted” and laments the loss of Google’s perspective in its policy debates.

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In his Monday interview, Schmidt said Google would not affiliate with the organization in the future and accused it of lying: “Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people. They’re just literally lying.”

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Since then, Yelp and Facebook have announced that they, too, have reconsidered their relationship with ALEC. Yelp said in a Wednesday statement that it dropped its membership after it achieved its goal of adding a bill to ALEC’s model library that makes it more difficult for businesses to sue consumers over negative online reviews. Facebook said it had worked with ALEC to change its views “on some key issues,” but since progress seems unlikely, “we are not likely to renew our membership in 2015,” a spokesman said in an e-mailed statement.

The organization has been a target of liberal groups for years. The latest push is over its environmental policies, though it has also been criticized for its former support of social policies.

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