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Commentary: You’ve been teleconned

This year, extremist legislators have already introduced 389 anti-voting bills with restrictive provisions in 48 states... [S]ince January 2021, 84 anti-protests bills have been introduced across the US.

Some of the highest campaign contributors to the lawmakers introducing these dangerous bills are the telecommunications companies you are likely giving your hard-earned cash to... AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast... According to [our] research... Comcast ranks #4 among the companies that gave the most to sponsors of key anti-voter legislation introduced in early 2021 and #3 among companies that gave the most to sponsors of anti-protest legislation... [yet it says], "We believe that all Americans should enjoy equitable access to secure elections..."

... According to our research, Verizon has contributed to and lobbied for anti-protest bills and ranked 5th among companies that gave the most to sponsors of anti-voter legislation tracked by Greenpeace... According to our research, Verizon has contributed to and lobbied for anti-protest bills and ranked 5th among companies that gave the most to sponsors of anti-voter legislation tracked by Greenpeace.

... We only have a handful of years left to reduce the power of fossil fuel companies polluting our communities and democratic systems before rocketing past climate thresholds and finding ourselves at a catastrophic point of no return — and we can’t act unless we first fix our broken democracy... The good news is that two bills that stand before Congress would undo much of the damage and strengthen voter protection standards across the nation: The For The People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4)... [W]e are pressuring corporations to take a public stand in support of these bills to help encourage Congress to vote for them.

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