While Democrats have been united in their opposition to Pai’s plan, net neutrality hasn’t been among the top issues Republicans have been talking about for the past year. Few have offered much more than tacit support for Trump’s plan to hand the keys to the internet over to broadband owners. On the eve of the FCC’s vote, however, 107 GOP members of congress came out of the shadows and sent a letter to Ajit Pai offering their full support for the controversial move.
TeleCom providers like Comcast and AT&T have lobbied hard against net neutrality for months, and Republicans in congress have been particularly receptive to their overtures. Kaleigh Rogers and Jason Koebler at Vice News just revealed how receptive they have been.
They’ve documented how much in “donations” 84 of those members have received from TeleCom industry giants. Here’s their entire list:
Mo Brooks, Alabama, $26,000
Ron Estes, Kansas, $13,807
Thomas Massie, Kentucky, $25,000
Ralph Norman, South Carolina, $15,050
John Moolenaar, Michigan, $25,000
Neal Dunn, Florida, $18,500