I have no love from AT&T and would gladly dump them for a viable alternative, and not just for political reasons. Their rates are outlandish and their coverage, even in certain Chicago neighborhoods is weak. So I was ready to make the move, especially after reading CREDOs latest mailer denouncing AT&T for contributing to the Romney campaign.
In fact, says the letter from CREDO President Michael Kieschnick,
AT&T "contributed to his [Romney's] campaign -- making this the fifth straight presidential election where they've supported only the Republican nominee."But before switching, I decided to check. The only thing worse to me than AT&T would be some corporate hustler trying to pimp off the progressive movement through deceit. I'm not saying that about CREDO.
I know that AT&T has no love for the Obama administration. You see AT&T Inc. Chairman Randall Stephenson lost $2.08 million in bonus pay after Democrats killed his bid to build the biggest mobile provider. Six weeks after the deal for T-Mobile USA collapsed, he made his largest campaign donation in more than two decades of giving to Republicans. Stephenson’s personal $30,800 contribution to the Republican National Committee punctuated months of sniping between the biggest U.S. telephone company and the Democratic-controlled Federal Communications Commission.
Sixty-five percent of donations from AT&T employees and their families are going to Republicans for the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s up from 55 percent in 2010, when the Democrats were in charge of both houses of Congress and the presidency, and is the highest percentage since the center began keeping records in 1990. Republicans got 63 percent of the AT&T donations when they controlled the White House and Congress in 2006.
But OpenSecrets.Org carries an organization profile of AT&T Inc. on their website showing a list of their corporate political contributions. Here it is.
Top Candidate Recipients, 2011-2012 (Source: Center for Responsive Politics)
|Barack Obama (D)||$138,641|
|John Boehner (R-OH)||$103,450|
|Mitt Romney (R)||$47,269|
|Thomas C. Leppert (R-TX)||$35,200|
|Mitch McConnell (R-KY)||$29,250|
As you can see, not only is Romney not the only beneficiary of AT&T corporate generosity, he ranks only third behind Obama and Boehner. Even with the bad blood from the FCC fallout, the company still hedges its election bets and contributes heavily to both campaigns. I put all this information in a missive to Mr. Kieschnick and asked for a reply. I will let you know what I come up with.
Open Secrets had lots of other good information about creepy AT&T. Here's an interesting tidbit:
57 out of 84 AT&T lobbyists in 2012 have previously held government jobsThere's also a list of the 49 members of Congress who own stock in the company.
And there's more from Fast Company including that AT&T has donated $377,500 to members of the House Tea Party Caucus.