William Leahy

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William Leahy is Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for AT&T,[1] a telecommunications and networking provider that operates in 60 countries and 850 cities worldwide. In 2005, SBC bought AT&T Corp., creating the largest telecommunications company in the U.S, and started using the AT&T brand name. In 2010, AT&T had an annual revenue of $31.58 billion, up from $30.73 billion in 2009.[2]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Leahy is AT&T's representative on the Corporate ("Private Enterprise") Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011.[3]

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


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  1. AT&T, William Leahy Appointed Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for AT&T's Atlantic Region, company press release, January 31, 2006
  2. Sinead Carew, AT&T revenue beats Street, promises more growth, "Reuters," October 21st, 2010
  3. American Legislative Exchange Council, Private Enterprise Board, organizational website, accessed July 7, 2011.

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