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AT&T donates to campaign of Texas AG who opposes marriage equality

Monday, August 18, 2014
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Dallas-based telecommunications giant AT&T has contributed $75,000 to anti-gay Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign for governor.

AT&T headquarters in Dallas.

AT&T headquarters in Dallas.

Lone Star Q reports that, according to campaign finance reports obtained by the Texas Ethics Commission, AT&T’s Texas political action committee gave $50,000 to Abbott’s campaign in January, and another $25,000 in June.

AT&T, long considered a strong ally to the LGBT community, also contributed $50,000 to Abbott’s campaign in June 2013, shortly before he formally announced his bid for governor.

Abbott is appealing a federal court ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

In court documents, he has argued that the ban allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in “stable, lasting relationships,” and best supports children.

“The PAC supports a variety of candidates for a variety of reasons,” AT&T spokesman Marty Richter told Lone Star Q. Richter declined to comment on specific reasons for the contributions.

Last week, reports surfaced that Facebook donated $10,000 to the campaign of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Reyes is leading the fight against a federal court ruling striking down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

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