Lynn Jenkins didn't get $5,000 she got $11,500 from AT&T, Inc's PAC. Open Secrets reports that the average gift to a Member of Congress from AT&T, Inc. is $4,791 for Democrats and $5,973 for Republicans. What makes Lynn Jenkins such an attractive buy for this PAC?
Part of the corporate largesse being spread for Lynn Jenkins comes by virtue of her assignment to the House Financial Services Committee. That's not the number one recipient of AT&T, Inc's cash, but they're high on the list.
Energy and Commerce was first with $345,250. The Transportation Committee came in second getting $341,350. Third was Financial Services taking a combined $318,500. Number four or AT&T, Inc's hit parade of House Committees was Armed Services which raked in $258,275. Rounding out the top five was Agriculture harvesting $240,000.
Talk about the top five, here's another. The top five rankings [it takes 12 names because of ties] for Members of Congress taking AT&T, Inc.'s cash:
#1. Nevada's Democratic Senator Harry Reid, $29,550, ranked #1
#2. Florida's Republican CANDIDATE Charlie Crist* $21,600, ranked #2
#3. Missouri's Republican Representative Roy Blunt $11,500, ranked #3
#4. Kansas' Republican Representative Lynn Jenkins $11,500, ranked #3
#5. California's Democratic Representative Jerry McNerney $11,500, ranked #3
#6. Texas' Republican Representative John Carter $11,000, ranked #4
#7. Texas' Republican Representative Jeb Hensarling $11,000, ranked #4
#8. Maryland's Democratic Representative Steny Hoyer $11,000, ranked #4
#9. Ohio's Republican CANDIDATE Rob Portman* $11,000, ranked #4
#10. Virginia's Republican Representative Eric Cantor $10,500, ranked #5
#11. Massachusetts's Democratic CANDIDATE Martha Coakley* $10,500, ranked #5
#12. Georgia's Republican Representative Tom Price $10,500, ranked #5
After being broken up in the mid-1980s in a landmark antitrust case, this telecommunications icon re-formed in 2005, and became the nation’s largest phone company when SBC Communications bought AT&T Corp. for $16 billion. As SBC, the company led the fight to allow the Baby Bells to enter the long-distance market, where they hope to offer profitable broadband Internet services. Cingular, which bought AT&T Wireless for $14 billion in 2004 and was part of SBC, is now in AT&T’s fold. Cingular -- ultimately renamed AT&T again -- is the leading U.S. wireless carrier, with more than 54 million subscribers. And AT&T’s growth continues. In 2006, AT&T agreed to buy southern Baby Bell BellSouth in a deal valued at more than $65 billion. Although the company has historically favored Republicans in its political giving, people and political action committees associated with AT&T have generally split their contributions between Democrats and the GOP since the 2008 election cycle.