AT&T contributed to the campaign of Democrats who support the AT&T/T-Mobile deal

AT&T contributed to the campaign of Democrats who support the AT&T/T-Mobile deal
Out of 72 Democratic lawmakers who signed a letter to the FCC and the Justice Department in favor of the AT&T acquisition of  T-Mobile, a large majority of them-66-have received campaign contributions from AT&T. The amount contributed added up to more than $500,000 and was donated through Political Action Committees associated with AT&T.

That might not be as bad as it looks, because after all, the company remains the largest corporate contributor to Congress over the last 20 years. During the last election cycle, AT&T passed out some money to 391 of the 435 members of the House and spread the largess to 78 of the 100 Senators in D.C.

The two top recipients of AT&T's cash were House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio-R), who received $77,300 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada-D), who received $36,150. Ironically, neither of the two were among the 72 lawmakers who signed the letter. For a list of the lawmakers who signed the letter and received a contribution from an AT&T related PAC, click on the source link.

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35 Comments

1. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Great! An article for the Miz to comment on.

2. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

LMAO! Just made my day

8. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

now I know the deal is going through, the best cell phone company money can buy

44. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Interesting. Did you know during his eight years president bush spent 487 days at camp David and another 490 days at his ranch, on vacation. Any criticism for good ol' George?

45. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Opps, wrong spot! I guess it doesn't matter. It looks like PA deleted all the Miz comments anyway.

46. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

You pulling stuff out of your ass is reason why that comment stinks.

48. Connan unregistered

The Miz is AWESOOOOOOOOMMMMMEEEE!

52. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

And don't you forget ;)

49. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No, there was actually an article written about it with CBS as one of the prime sources. Go ahead and look it up. But when you see that I am telling the truth, will you be consistent with your criticism? Something tells me you won't.

50. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yeah, because CBS is sooo legit. Try again.

53. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No need to. I see your true colors.

54. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I bet you do.

3. monstermash123 unregistered

I knew the deal would go through. It's monopolistic, but as long as there are palms willing to get greased, deals like this will go through. Whatever, there's still Simple Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

4. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

This is exactly why nobody should support Gay T & T

17. Psychic unregistered

Gay slurs. What is this? The 20th century?

33. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

no, it's the day ny legalized gay marriage.

47. Connan unregistered

LOL@that!

5. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

Money talks .....its a done deal .Verizon isn't unlimited no more starting July 7th.

6. Bogus unregistered

This is proof that everyone can be bought for a price.. Does your vote count I don't think so..

7. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Well ATT gave cash to senators in contrast to VZW received money from goverment....!!!!!

9. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

Exactly. I think everyone on here needs to watch the senate hearings when ATT first bought TMo for $39,000,000,000.00.Sprint did it to Nextel in 2005 for $35,000,000.

10. queso es grande uno unregistered

Now that this deal has gone through, Verizon knows it can buy sprint too...

12. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Hate to see it as I'm a Sprint customer. But you may very well be right there.

16. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

@DOGIEFRESH. VZW didn't get any money from the government. That was Verizon the landline company. Two different companies.

22. Gawain

Posts: 438; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Even that is not correct. First, VZW, 55% owned by VZComm makes no difference. Also, the TARP funds that were associated with the telcos (AT&T included) were associated with floating daily credit facilities that large companies use all the time. When huge amounts of money are involved, the interest write-offs are considerable. VZComm, AT&T, TDS, CenturyLink, et al, were not "bailed out". Whatever monies from TARP that were involved weren't "handed out" as a life line to the telcos, it was handed to the banks that facilitate these transactions with large customers.

26. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

See! Ya learn something new everyday around here.

11. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Isn't that considered a bribe?

14. VIVIT unregistered

Any company that lobbies anyone in congress is essentially bribing them.

15. MattRulezD00D

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Paying government figures to get something passed? Wow this is new.

20. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I think all of us can understand that AT&T buying T-Mobile is against our interests. T-Mobile has been an innovative company lately, and they have helped raise the bar. With them out of the picture, there will be less actual competition to prod AT&T and Verizon into trying to meet customer needs. There are a lot of mobile phone companies out there, but what matters to you is how many there are in your area that meet your basic requirements. Chances are you have AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and maybe some others. The death of T-Mobile is a significant reduction of choice.Think of it this way: the fewer credible competitors there are in a market, the less responsive companies become to the buyer, until there are no credible competitors and the remaining company becomes functionally unresponsive. Frankly, there is more choice in the mobile phone market than many others, so I doubt that the palm-greasing that went on was about trying to get the FTC to make an exception to whatever rules they play by. I expect that most of those campaign contributions would have been made in any case. Did AT&T step things up a bit to ensure a smooth process? No doubt. Did they bribe legislators to cheat? I could be wrong, but I don't think so.

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