Last Friday, AT&T quietly published an extraordinary document. For the first time ever, the company released a "political congruency report." The report, which covers the year 2022, looks at the "[s]tate and federal elected officials to whom AT&T or its Employee PACs have made political contributions" and compares the "voting record" of these officials "to the Company's stance."
Citizens United must go.
Thank you for revealing the details of how AT&T operates with duplicity. Is there a successful large corporation that does not put profit above human and civil rights?
My question leads me (down the rabbit hole) to questioning the power of the NRA and their ability to fund Ted Cruz and other despicable Republicans to victory. Meanwhile I appreciate that AT&T is made to face it's deceit with numbers that don't lie. Only this kind of exposure can lead to the changes that will truly benefit humanity.
Everyone should post the link to this story on AT&T’s social media pages.
This reflects our continued embrace of capitalism with the bottom line always being the priority. It's probably true for most American corporations. Many of us, especially those of us who are retired, are probably invested in these corporations through our mutual funds, if not directly with stocks. We are all culpable for these kinds of anti-human, anti-climate change stances, if we are benefiting from their capitalistic efforts. As long as consumerism reigns, and profit is the ultimate motive, what has been revealed here, although unsurprising, will be the case. As a society we would need to change how our economy functions radically, before this kind of thing isn't the 'norm'. At the very least, we would need to change our goal from "growth" to sustainable and we need an overhaul of our taxation policies.
Considering the cherry picking described, AT&T's self-reporting seems barely better than nothing.
Great reporting, Judd. Thank you. I left AT&T back when you first reported on it's hypocrisy in donating to right-wingers while running ads that showed support for women's rights, the LGBTQ community, etc. They don't make it easy to leave, but reading today's piece made me glad I did it. I wonder what the shareholders will make of the report.
From my interactions with the political advisors/lobbyists in two pharma companies, it was very plain that their calculus was values-free; aimed solely at influence to protect them legally and maximize profit. PR's job was then to spin any coincidental positive social outcomes of those donations as intentional. So this report, which I'm so glad you highlight Judd, is a ripple in that pond, at least a window. Alas, it is purely, only, and completely about money for U.S. corporations, which is why we are %$*#ed.
I'm an unwilling customer of AT&T because I prefer a landline over insecure mobile, and for safety reasons, but I really wish they weren't such cowards.
Pressure from shareholders can make a difference. Pressure from great journalism does as well. WTG Judd and Popular Information. Thank you!
AT&T: Even our meager attempts at transparency are not all that transparent.
Every large corporation should be required to release such a report annually. I heartily applaud the AT&T stockholders who voted for it. I see these contributions as part of the "dark money" that flourishes around elections. And money, as always, speaks louder than words. Thanks for digging up this information.
What alternative is there if you require a land line?
AT&T could start ameliorating this by moving its headquarters out of Texas.
An incredibly important report from your consistently well-researched and communicated work. I personally believe that AT&T is on a course for bankruptcy, but the more important issue is that greed trumps responsibility everywhere. Please do more to remind our voters that greed, evidenced by corporate abuse of inflation cycles to increase their profits with share buybacks and executive compensation has done more to damage the public's understanding of inflation, blaming Biden instead of greed. See today's Robert Hubbell's Substack report.
Just read a sordid history of SBC and AT&T on Wikipedia. The acquisitions and debt accumulation are staggering. Their political donation practice is equally sordid and complex. Thanks for watching them, Judd.
Until the Supreme Court is expanded and tackles Citizens United and political gerrymandering our small grassroots political contributions need to fuel a blue wave and every race must be contested.
Stay tuned: the City Council in San Antonio, TX recently amended their contract for installation of broad band. It excluded AT&T. Some Union folks were upset because AT&T does have some Union members. Did they know this information last week? Thanks for update.