Free Press Launches ‘Corruption Road’ to Track Telecom Industry Influence in Washington


For Immediate Release


Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838

Free Press Launches ‘Corruption Road’ to Track Telecom Industry Influence in Washington

WASHINGTON - Today, Free Press launched “Corruption Road: How
Corporate Money and Astroturf Pollute Media Policy,” a new tool that
illustrates the millions of dollars being funneled from the major phone
and cable companies into Washington’s economy of influence.

Free Press Campaign Director Timothy Karr
issued the following statement:

“In Washington, money equals power, and with this tool, we
can see how AT&T, Comcast and Verizon’s money is being used to kill
public interest policies like Net Neutrality. Ultimately, their goal is
to turn Washington against the common sense idea that the FCC should
have a role in preserving the open Internet, protecting consumers’
rights and fostering universal access to broadband. If their
misinformation campaign succeeds, the open and affordable Internet will
be in serious danger.

“Industries spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year
on armies of lobbyists to defeat affordable health care, environmental
protections, banking reform and countless other essential public
interest protections. They secretly fund dozens of ‘astroturf’ front
groups to parrot their talking points and create fake opposition to good
public policy. Now they are strong-arming members of Congress to call
sound communications policies a ‘government takeover of the Internet.’
It’s the same pattern with nearly every important issue, and it must

“We can’t stand by while the big phone and cable companies
try to kill the policies that we need to protect the Internet.”

Visit Corruption Road:


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