AT&T slammed for funding lawmakers behind Texas abortion law
AT&T based in Dallas takes heat for the company’s contributions to conservative politicians who passed Texas’s unpopular abortion bill.
Why is this important: AT&T, the world’s largest communications company, has quietly become a powerful player in conservative politics.
- The society is a major sponsor of the Texas Abortion Ban Sponsors. Since 2018, the company has donated $ 301,000 to Bill’s sponsors, according to popular.info.
- AT&T is also The main source of funding for One America News, a network that disseminates conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and the COVID-19 pandemic, a Reuters investigation has revealed.
- owned by AT&T TV platforms account for 90% of OAN revenue, according to the 2020 sworn testimony of an OAN accountant.
The last: This week, the Dallas Morning News rejected an ad from a Democratic Super PAC that criticized the telecommunications giant.
- The text of the unpublished ad reads: “AT&T helped fund the anti-abortion politicians who drafted the dangerous law.”
What they say : “For too long, companies have slipped their lips around empowering women, while simultaneously funding the anti-abortion extremists who drafted this bill, sparking a reproductive health crisis in Texas,” Julie McClain Downey, Vice President of Super PAC American Bridge. , told CNBC.
The other side: “We have never taken a stand on the issue of abortion, and Texas law is no exception,” an AT&T spokesperson told Axios. “We neither approved nor supported the passage of Senate Bill 8 by the Texas Legislature. Our employee political action committees have never based their contribution decisions on a lawmaker’s positions on the abortion issue, and employee PAC contributions to Texas lawmakers have gone to both opponents and lawmakers. to supporters of Senate Bill 8. “
The bottom line: Taking AT&T money out of the coffers of Republican politicians and the conservative media would be a boon to Democrats running for office in 2022.