The AT&Tea Party?
Giant telecommunications company AT&T is among the biggest supporters of Tea Party Caucus members. According to The Daily Beast, the company gave $350,000 to members of the House Tea Party Caucus, including a $7,500 donation to leader Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
AT&T's PAC consistently gives more to Republican candidates, but in the 2010 election cycle they specifically directed funds to Tea Party candidates like Senators-elect Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
Some of the most far-right members of Congress also benefitted from AT&T PAC donations. Reps. Paul Broun (R-GA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA) each received at least $4,000, and each also attended the first Tea Party caucus meeting. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who received $7,000, didn't go to the Caucus meeting — but she's certainly no stranger to Tea Party events.
AT&T also gave at least $10,000 to the Senate Conservatives Fund, which in turn fundraised for Tea Party backed candidates like Christine O'Donnell, Joe Miller, Ken Buck, Sharron Angle and Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-KY).
It's possible that AT&T's support of such extreme candidates has a very specific self-serving objective: We've previously highlighted AT&T's contributions to conservative candidates who oppose net neutrality, which would prevent companies like AT&T from making it more difficult for consumers to visit amateur sites.
h/t CREDO Action