The myth of corporate neutrality – Popular Information

Dallas-based AT&T is following the McConnell playbook. Yes, the company says it believes “the right to vote is sacred” and supports “efforts to enhance everyone’s ability to vote.” But it refused to weigh in on SB 7, the voter suppression law introduced by Texas Republicans. AT&T said that “election laws are complicated, not our company’s expertise, and ultimately the responsibility of elected officials.” (While SB 7 was defeated on Sunday, it is expected to return soon in a special session.)

AT&T, however, is among the very largest corporate contributors to the sponsors of SB 7. The company donated $574,500 to the sponsors of SB 7 (and the companion bill in the Texas House) over the last three years.  But even if you ignore AT&T’s donations to members of the Texas legislature, this “neutral” posture on voting legislation is a myth. AT&T and other large corporations are currently spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat federal legislation that scholars say is required to save American democracy.

The myth of corporate neutrality – Popular Information

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