Cell phone companies occasionally send me solicitations to switch to their services, usually with promises of better reception, wider coverage area, or lower rates. Today's mail brought a cell phone company's solicitation, with a pitch that I'd never read before.
This one is from CREDO Mobile, a name that's new to me. It opens with "Dear Fellow Progressive" and leads with "If you get your mobile service from Verizon Wireless or AT&T, you should know that they contribute big bucks to radical right-wing causes." The letter states that since 2009, Verizon Wireless has given "an incredible $220,600" to members of the House and Senate Tea Party Caucuses, and AT&T has given "a massive $1,080,000."
That sounds like a lot of money, but then there were a lot of Tea Party Caucus members. Wikipedia says that in January 2013 the caucus included 49 representatives and five senators. Taking that as the caucus's typical membership level, AT&T's contributions work out to be about $5,000 per member per year. Verizon's donations work out to be about $1,000 per member per year. That's a lot more than I give to our congressional delegation (sorry, Earl), but it's less than half my annual cell phone bill. AT&T's contributions work out to be about one cent for each of its one hundred million customers. Far from being generous to the right wing, it looks to me that AT&T and Verizon are being rather stingy. They're certainly nowhere close to competing with the Koch brothers.