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  • AT&T Donates $75,000 To Help Elect Anti-Gay Republican Greg Abbott Governor Of Texas

    Telecommunications giant AT&T has donated $75,000 this year alone to the gubernatorial campaign of anti-gay Republican Greg Abbott of Texas.

    AT&T (NYSE:T), an international telecommunications monolith with revenue last year of over $128 billion, has donated $75,000 this year to help elect Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott the Governor of Texas. 

    The Dallas-based telecom corporation also donated $50,000 to the Texas AG's campaign last year, when it was expected Abbott would enter the gubernatorial race.

    John Wright of Lone Star Q first reported the news, after investigating public records from the Texas Ethics Commission.

    “The PAC supports a variety of candidates for a variety of reasons,” AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said in an email to Lone Star Q, in response to an inquiry about the contributions to Abbott. “The PAC does not comment on reasons for contributions, but publicly discloses contributions consistent with state requirements.

    “Diversity and inclusion are part of AT&T’s culture and operations, and we’re proud to be recognized as a leader in this area,” Richter added. “DiversityInc recently named AT&T No. 1 on its 2014 Top 10 Employers for LGBT Employees. And every year since 2004 we’ve received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for our fair treatment of our LGBTQ employees, including protection against discrimination, parity of health care benefits for domestic partners and other criteria.”

    Greg Abbott and his office are actively defending Texas' ban on same-sex marriage, claiming the ban is best for children -- all children.

    Abbott is running against Democrat Wendy Davis, who made a national name for herself when she filibustered an anti-women bill designed to strongly restrict abortion in the Lone Star State. AT&T does not appear to have donated to Davis' gubernatorial campaign.

    In January, Abbott joined a lawsuit trying to force Houston Mayor Annise Parker to rescind the benefits the city has extended to its gay and lesbian married employees, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported. In February, Abbott received the endorsement of Sarah Palin, who said, "If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!” 

    Last week, Facebook came under fire after having donated $10,000 to the campaign of anti-gay Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.


    Image by Mike Mozart via Flickr

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    • posted about this on Facebook 2014-08-19 19:04:38 -0400
      Telecom Giant Donates $75k To Help Elect Anti-Gay Republican Greg Abbott Governor Of Texas

    • commented 2014-08-19 09:36:22 -0400
      As an AT&T employee this speaks volumes. we are forced to watch video after video on diversity. Seems like our leaders forgot to watch the same video.

    • commented 2014-08-19 02:10:16 -0400
      Not surprising at all. considering these are the same turdblossoms that bought GlAAD’s whorish favor a few years back.

    • commented 2014-08-18 20:53:25 -0400
      Hardly a surprise, is it, that Big Money is behind the Repugnicans in Texas? They are not so much anti-gay as they are simply greedy and they know that the Repugs will give them everything on a silver platter which depriving those in need of fundamental necessities of life and the opportunity to get a decent education to succeed. Texas, our Texas!

    • commented 2014-08-18 20:01:43 -0400
      AT&T’s actions are speaking much louder than it’s words. I haven’t used any of their services for 30 years. They overcharged me once and it took me a year to get them to fix it – and I shut off my service and never went back. Now I’m even more glad I didn’t give them another try..

    • commented 2014-08-18 19:46:37 -0400
      “In February, Abbott received the endorsement of Sarah Palin, who said, ‘If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!’”

      It’s impossible for that woman to say anything that isn’t abysmally stupid.

    • commented 2014-08-18 19:10:05 -0400
      Try Credo or Sprint. Credo uses Sprints network and both donate to progressive causes. Verizon has some questionable donations as well. And I agree that T-Mobile is good too. My partner worked for them a while back.

    • commented 2014-08-18 17:48:35 -0400
      I’m with T-Mobile and Wendy Davis.

    • commented 2014-08-18 17:43:50 -0400
      changing service now. verizon here we come

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