Injecting a bit of levity into an otherwise heavy news day, AT&T blogged Monday about its annual tradition of giving cupcakes to those with whom the company works closely — including the Federal Communications Commission.
Last year, the public interest group Public Knowledge criticized AT&T for delivering dozens of cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake to the commission, amounting to thousands of dollars worth of the baked goods. The gifts, the group noted, were given on the first day of closed deliberations on net neutrality. AT&T later said that giving sweets was a yearly tradition and sent cupcakes to Public Knowledge as well. The tradition will continue this year, Quinn said.
In a snarky blog post, Robert Quinn, the AT&T senior vice president in charge of federal regulatory affairs, said the company would continue its annual tradition.
“I would be lying if I didn’t admit that there was some pressure to stop the tradition this year because of last year’s silly criticisms,” Quinn wrote in the post, before saying that the sweet treats are simply meant as a holiday token.
In addition to the baked goods, the company said it will also give a $5,000 donation to two charities, Martha’s Table and So Others Might Eat.