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.
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.
declined to comment on pulling its dollars from the RPT.
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