AT&T and the California Democratic Party
As the article points out:
How did the phone companies get such royal treatment from legislators? Was it simply that, as Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California, said after the vote, "It's hard to be against competition and choice for consumers." Hardly. As usual, it was about money.This is, by the way, the same AT&T that now claims that its customers have no right to privacy involving their personal data.
AT&T's wooing of the bill's sponsor, Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, included hosting a Pebble Beach golf fundraiser for Núñez's Assembly Democrats, raising $1.7 million for their re-election. Perhaps not coincidentally, Núñez threw out the opening pitch at the Giants' AT&T Park on Monday.
Here we have once again an example cozy relationship between the Democratic Party and its corporate sponsors.