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June 11, 2018      6:36 PM

AT&T pulls financial heft from Republican Party of Texas following bathroom bill fight and the censure of Speaker Straus

Meantime, some business groups and companies are gravitating toward the Associated Republicans of Texas event in San Antonio this week as more and more support for the RPT is coming from Texas Right to Life and allied organizations like Empower Texans

AT&T, one of the biggest corporate political spenders, is not sponsoring this year’s state Republican convention in San Antonio following the company’s opposition to a failed GOP proposal to regulate the use of bathrooms by transgender people, the Quorum Report has learned.

The Dallas-based telecom giant provided financial support for the Republican Party of Texas convention in previous years, but the company’s CEO has publicly blasted the Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick-championed bathroom bill as bad for business.

AT&T declined to comment on pulling its dollars from the RPT.

Meantime, Republican Party Chairman James Dickey said his group is still on pace to meet convention fundraising goals even without AT&T’s money. “We are working on keeping the relationship with AT&T and looking for the best opportunity to continue working with them,” Dickey told QR on Monday.

By David Saleh Rauf

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