According to Credo, via a newsletter from Mother Jones, Verizon Wireless and AT&T just reported their latest political contributions—and the numbers aren't pretty. Verizon has now given $241,600 and AT&T a whopping $1,111,000 to members of the House and Senate Tea Party Caucuses since 2009.
Yep, that's a lot of tea.
And looking at some of the beneficiaries of their political contributions just makes matters worse. Both telecom giants have given to some of the worst extremists in Congress—starting with the ringleader of the recent reckless government shutdown, Ted Cruz, who held millions of Americans hostage and cost our country an estimated $24 billion in a futile attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act.
Then there's Tea Party queen and conspiracy theorist Michele Bachmann, who dangerously claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the U.S. government—even accusing a close aide to Hillary Clinton of being connected to the Islamist organization.
And let's not forget about Rand Paul, who proposed a draconian budget this past spring that would institute a flat tax and cuts to the social safety net that would be devastating to low-income Americans, while eliminating investment taxes—a move that would benefit the wealthiest among us. He also infamously said that businesses should have the right to discriminate against people based on their race.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of their extremism—and yet AT&T and Verizon Wireless have contributed to all of them. Is that the kind of company you want to keep?
At CREDO, we don't fund radical-right politicians like Cruz, Bachmann and Paul—we fight them.