Democratic super PAC launches campaign blasting AT&T for donating to lawmakers who sponsored Texas abortion bill

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  • Democratic super PAC American Bridge is targeting AT&T to fund the campaigns of lawmakers sponsoring Texas’ tough new abortion law.
  • The PAC, which is led by a former chairman of Planned Parenthood, will run ads in the digital edition of The Dallas Morning News starting Tuesday.
  • American Bridge also intends to launch a TV ad soon, and is hoping to launch a similar ad campaign in Florida, where GOP lawmakers are pushing a bill reflecting the Texas law.

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A Democratic super PAC headed by a former Planned Parenthood president is set to release ads targeting Dallas-based AT&T to support Texas lawmakers who have sponsored new state legislation that will last six weeks. Effectively stops abortion after.

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American Bridge, which supported Joe Biden in the 2020 campaign, will run an ad in the digital edition of The Dallas Morning News starting Tuesday. A representative for PAC told CNBC that a TV ad targeted at AT&T is expected to run in Texas in the coming days.

Texas abortion law, officially known as SB8, allows private citizens to prosecute people who perform abortions in the state. It also gives private citizens the opportunity to sue anyone who helps people who have abortions. Biden’s Justice Department sued The state of Texas on the law after the US Supreme Court allowed it to go into effect last month.

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A person familiar with the matter said PAC intends to run a similar ad soon in Florida, where a Republican lawmaker recently introduced a bill that echoes Texas law. This person declined to be identified because the Florida ad would be announced later.

Advertisements in both TV and digital newspapers stated that corporate accountability action paid for the ads. A PAC spokesperson said Corporate Accountability Action is a project of American Bridge.

“AT&T helped fund anti-abortion politicians writing dangerous legislation,” says a copy of the digital ad to be placed with the online edition of The Dallas Morning News. A photo of Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is depicted on screen.

The ad also calls on voters to “tell @ATT to get #Offthebanwagon” and urge the company to “stop funding anti-abortion extremists in Texas.” Abbott is set to be re-elected in 2022 and could face Beto O’Rourke, who ran for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 cycle after losing narrowly to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 US Senate race in Texas Were.

Online News Outlets Popular Information reports That AT&T is one of the top donors to state lawmakers who have co-sponsored the anti-abortion bill. Since 2018, AT&T has given more than $300,000 to co-sponsors of the bill, as Popular Information reports.

feminist group ultraviolet About a dozen primary sponsors of SB 8 are said to have recently received more than $100,000 from corporate donors, including AT&T.

An AT&T spokesperson told CNBC that the company has never taken a stance on abortion and has no immediate plans to change that policy. The representative also noted that AT&T also contributed to the campaigns of lawmakers opposing the bill.

“AT&T has never taken a position on the issue of abortion, and Texas law was no exception. AT&T supported or supported the passage of Senate Bill 8 in the Texas legislature,” the spokesperson said in an email Monday. did not do.” “AT&T’s Employee Political Action Committees have not based a legislator’s post-contribution decisions on the abortion issue, and Staff PAC contributions to Texas legislators went to both opponents and supporters of Senate Bill 8.”

Popular Information listed CNBC original Comcast/NBC Universal as another corporate donor to some of the bill’s sponsors. A person familiar with the matter said that since 2018, the media company has given more than $120,000 to the campaigns of lawmakers opposing the bill, which exceeds donations given to lawmakers who support it. This person declined to be named, to speak freely.

Cecil Richards, co-president of American Bridge and former president of Planned Parenthood, indicated in a statement to CNBC that these spots are just the beginning.

“This abortion ban – part of a Republican plan to put reproductive health care completely out of reach – is disastrous, which is why the companies supporting the lawmakers responsible for it are not being allowed to bury their heads in the sand. Maybe,” Richards told CNBC in a statement.

“By funding politicians who articulate their disdain for reproductive freedom, corporations are giving lawmakers across the country the green light to ban essential health services while giving lip service to ‘equity’ and ’empowerment’. We cannot let this progress, which is why it is so important to end their hypocrisy and stop them from harming people.”

According to data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Super PACs spent more than $85 million and raised almost a similar amount during the 2020 presidential election. Of this, more than $50 million went to targeting former President Donald Trump.

American Bridge’s top donors during that cycle included the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a non-profit black money group that does not publicly disclose its donors, longtime investors Reid Hoffman and Josh Beckenstein, and famed filmmaker Steven Spielberg. , according to CRP data.

PAC’s decision to advertise with The Dallas Morning News comes after the newspaper says it has improved the digital numbers at its parent company.

“Circulation revenue grew 2.4%, with sales up 52.3% for digital-only subscribers, offsetting a 2.4% decline in home delivery and a 7.6% decline in single-copy sales,” paper Said in July. “The News added 3,528 digital subscriptions at the end of the second quarter with 52,930 digital subscribers, up 21.4% from a year ago.”

By July, Agility PR ranked As the number one newspaper in Texas by the Dallas Morning News Circulation.

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