Posted on February 9, 2021
AT&T funds Republican causes. CREDO powers progress. Where do you want your money going?
If you’re like most Americans, you want to spend your hard-earned dollars with companies that share your values. That’s why we founded CREDO — to give consumers an alternative to big profit-driven, mega-corporations while helping fund the progressive causes we all care about.
One of our competitors, AT&T, sees things very differently. Instead of empowering their customers to make positive social change, AT&T is well known for donating millions to Republican politicians, right-wing causes, and Donald Trump.
If you or a family member are considering making the switch to a carrier with a conscience, consider whether you want your money funding civil rights, equality and climate justice — or the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Here’s a comparison of how your money is spent to power progress with CREDO or fund Republicans with AT&T.
AT&T donated more than $2 million to Republicans in the 2020 election.
CREDO donated more than $2 million to progressive nonprofits in 2020.
During the 2020 election season, while AT&T’s Political Action Committee was donating more than $2 million to the Republican Party and right-wing candidates, CREDO members helped us donate more than $2 million to progressive nonprofits, like the ACLU, Earthjustice, Black Voters Matter and March for Our Lives.
You can see the full list of all the groups we’ve funded at CREDODonations.com — totalling more than $91 million since 1985!
AT&T gave $2,053,000 to Republicans who tried to subvert American democracy.
CREDO has given over $10 million to groups fighting to expand voting rights & protect democracy.
According to reporting by Judd Legum, AT&T donated $2,053,000 to 130 Republicans who announced that they would overturn the will of the voters and object to certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. These same far-right politicians fanned the flames of subverting our democracy which led to the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 — and the deaths of at least five people, including a Capitol Police officer.
In contrast, strengthening democracy and expanding the right to vote is a core value at CREDO. That’s why we’ve donated more than $10 million in total to groups like Fair Fight Action, Black Voters Matter, Vote.org and the Brennan Center for Justice. In 2020, our members helped us go above and beyond to launch “CREDO Votes 2020,” a special project to educate voters, get out the vote and donate an extra $250,000 to voting rights non-profit organizations.
AT&T has donated at least $3 million to anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion Republicans.
CREDO has given millions to LGBTQ and women’s rights groups
AT&T can rainbow-stripe its logo for Pride Month and claim it supports the LGBTQ community, but it won’t make up for the fact that AT&T is directly funding politicians who are fighting against equality and LGBTQ rights. While AT&T has long touted its inclusive employee policies and support of LGBTQ causes, AT&T donated a total of $2,755,000 to 193 anti-LGBTQ politicians in 2017 and 2018.
According to the company’s career website, AT&T claims that it wants to “make sure women at AT&T feel supported in everything they do.” Yet, as right-wing lawmakers across the country continue to enact some of the most restrictive laws on reproductive rights, AT&T donated almost $200,000 to politicians in states leading the fight to ban abortions and restrict women’s rights.
Here at CREDO, LGBTQ equality and women’s rights are fundamental to our company’s values. We don’t need to change our logo for Pride because we’ve been standing with the LGBTQ community since our founding, long before other companies were co-opting it for a PR stunt — and we have the receipts to prove it. We’ve donated millions to groups like the National LGBTQ Task Force, Transgender Law Center, the ACLU and other nonprofits fighting for LGBTQ rights. We’ve also donated millions to groups working for full gender equality and to protect a woman’s fundamental right to have an abortion, like NARAL Pro-Choice America, Ultraviolet, and Planned Parenthood, as one of their largest corporate donors.