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Buying Broadband a Boost - The Information Super Buy-Way?

Buying Broadband a Boost - The Information Super Buy-Way?

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As broadband internet access becomes an increasingly important part of our everyday lives, communications companies that provide this service have become increasingly involved in politics by contributing to state-level candidates and hiring thousands of state-level lobbyists. A new report from the National Institute on Money in State Politics (FollowTheMoney.org) takes a close look at political activities of five communications companies: AT&T, Verizon, Qwest, Embarq and U.S. Cellular.

The report shows that from 2001 through 2007 the five companies contributed nearly $28 million to state candidates, party committees and ballot measures in all 50 states. The companies also hired nearly 2,600 lobbyists in 2006 and 2007.

AT&T and Verizon contributed the most to candidates, state party committees and ballot measures, giving $14.8 million and $10.7 million respectively, followed by Qwest’s $1.9 million.

The majority of the money (78 percent or $22 million) was given in 10 states: California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, South Dakota, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Missouri. California received the lion’s share, $8.2 million.
As broadband internet access becomes an increasingly important part of our everyday lives, communications companies that provide this service have become increasingly involved in politics by contributing to state-level candidates and hiring thousands of state-level lobbyists. A new report from the National Institute on Money in State Politics (FollowTheMoney.org) takes a close look at political activities of five communications companies: AT&T, Verizon, Qwest, Embarq and U.S. Cellular.

The report shows that from 2001 through 2007 the five companies contributed nearly $28 million to state candidates, party committees and ballot measures in all 50 states. The companies also hired nearly 2,600 lobbyists in 2006 and 2007.

AT&T and Verizon contributed the most to candidates, state party committees and ballot measures, giving $14.8 million and $10.7 million respectively, followed by Qwest’s $1.9 million.

The majority of the money (78 percent or $22 million) was given in 10 states: California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, South Dakota, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Missouri. California received the lion’s share, $8.2 million.

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