AT&T, Dallas, TX
$3,748,346 to winners, $1,042,540 to losers
AT&T is the largest landline telephone provider and second-largest mobile provider in the country. AT&T Corp. was acquired by SBC Communications Inc. in 2005, creating AT&T Inc. Based on revenue, it is now the seventh-largest company in the United States. The company is a prolific donor to state and federal campaigns. AT&T gave more in campaign contributions than any other company since 1998, according to a December 2011 report by the Center for Responsive Politics. In California, AT&T has given to candidates of both parties, donating more to Democrats, but giving evenly to the state parties. The company contributed to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign and the campaign of his Republican opponent, Meg Whitman, in the 2010 election.
Total contributions: $9,829,843
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
Credits: Interactive by Michael Corey, Coulter Jones and Chase Davis. Reporting by Coulter Jones. Badge design by Thomas Guffey. Additional reporting by Stanford University students enrolled in a Communications Department investigative reporting class under the direction of California Watch Editorial Director Mark Katches. The project began in January 2011. Students participating were: Devin Banerjee, Daniel Bohm, Kathleen Chaykowski, Tom Corrigan, Cassandra Feliciano, Jamie Hansen, Amy Harris, Josh Hicks, Ellen Huet, Julia James, Paul Jones, Ryan Mac, Valentina Nesci, Dean Schaffer, Elizabeth Titus and Kareem Yasin. Bohm, Hansen, Huet, Harris and Titus continued to work on the project as California Watch interns under the direction of Associate Editor Denise Zapata.