Democratic Supporters Of AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Received Campaign Donations From AT&T

Will it come to anyone’s surprise that of the 72 Democratic lawmakers that sent a letter to the FCC and Justice department supporting the AT&T/T-Mobile merger that 66 of those lawmakers received campaign contributions from AT&T. Totaling over $500,000 in contributions most of the donations came from political action committees associated with AT&T, who remains the single-largest corporate donor to Congressional members over the last two decades. Want to know how widespread AT&T’s influence is? During the last campaign election cycle AT&T gave money to 391 of the 435 House members and 78 of the 100 Senate members.

Today’s lesson kids, if you can’t beat em, buy em.

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  • Oce

    The “Golden Rule” in effect.  Those who have the “Gold” make the “Rules”.

    • Anonymous

      Yep. Cash is king

    • Anonymous

      Yep. Cash is king

    • Dewey Cox

      Why do we expect anything different?

    • Dewey Cox

      Why do we expect anything different?

    • G-Man

      hell yeah, aladdin was a dope movie with good quotes up in that bitch

  • cybah

    Disgusting. Goes to show you, Politicians can be bought.

  • cybah

    Disgusting. Goes to show you, Politicians can be bought.

    • howardtheduck

      and todays winner of the “stating the obvious award” goes to CYBAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Step on up and claim your prize…… your very OWN politician. Of course he isnt house broken yet and does expect to be pat on the head and scratched behind the ears whenever he does something halfway decent and doesnt mess on the rug.

  • trife

    Yay for politics!!! LOL. as sad as it it, this doesn’t surprise me at all.

  • trife

    Yay for politics!!! LOL. as sad as it it, this doesn’t surprise me at all.

  • Tony0809

    This does NOT surprise me at all…..No wonder money is the ROOT of all evil

    • whodat

      The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Not just money. :-)

  • Fuck both at&t and the politicians who got contributions and said “Hey they gave us money lets be on their side”.

  • Anonymous

    We no longer have checks and balances in our government.
    Just checks.
    Blank ones.

  • Anonymous

    Funny that the “law-makers” are above “conflicts of interest,” but those who have to follow the rules surrounding “conflicts of interest” are required to mind their Ps and Qs until the cows come home.

    Do as I say, not as I do.

  • Anonymous

    I love my contry but this just show how messed up it is on some levels.

  • formeremployee

    Sooo glad I don’t work at T-mobile anymore.. I used to love that job.. I was there almost 4 years and when ATT announced purchasing tmobile that was the last straw.. As soon as it was announced I started looking for a new job..  It took me a few months but I found a great one and I don’t miss tmobile/att at all.  Tmobile used to be a company that seemed to care mostly about the customer but now the only goal is profit profit profit..  When I would go to work all I would hear is sell more features, sell sell sell!  SO GLAD I’M OUT

    • ColdFeet

      Yeah, damn those nonprofit cellular service providers! All they wanna do is make money!

    • Steelers

      I am a former employee also. 
      Look where T-Mobile’s policies got them…….Lower credit requirements( or have none…Even More, Flex Pay) and you will have the highest churn in the industry. Add to that the sense of entitlement that they have and want EVERYTHING for free or will leave to another carrier. Most could only go to Cricket or Boost. When you sleep with anyone who will have you, you will wake up with a STD one day.
      They have always been about profit. Didn’t you get paid for your work?
      This company failed because they left the wrong people( Dotson)  in place for way too long and I do not think it can be reversed.

    • Steelers

      I am a former employee also. 
      Look where T-Mobile’s policies got them…….Lower credit requirements( or have none…Even More, Flex Pay) and you will have the highest churn in the industry. Add to that the sense of entitlement that they have and want EVERYTHING for free or will leave to another carrier. Most could only go to Cricket or Boost. When you sleep with anyone who will have you, you will wake up with a STD one day.
      They have always been about profit. Didn’t you get paid for your work?
      This company failed because they left the wrong people( Dotson)  in place for way too long and I do not think it can be reversed.

  • 666

    Money makes laws.. trouly america.

  • Republicans: Yea, we’re owned by corporations. We’re okay with it.

    Democrats: Protect the consumers! Ensure competition! Regulate antitrusts! *do the exact opposite while getting paid*

  • Sorto7

    Hate politicians
    They’re all crap

  • Anonymous

    Nokia Stockholders need to revolt and have an independent study done of what they will gain by being sold to MS vs if they made Android Phones which will sell instead of Win7M which won’t. Vote this guy out!

  • Anonymous

    Nokia Stockholders need to revolt and have an independent study done of what they will gain by being sold to MS vs if they made Android Phones which will sell instead of Win7M which won’t. Vote this guy out!

  • Ash

    Wait, we are now calling bribes, “campaign contributions”?? Cool…..

  • Ash

    Wait, we are now calling bribes, “campaign contributions”?? Cool…..

  • I knew it and also they sent donations to each state since all are writing letters with the same crap. AT&T is paying them and telling them what to say. I hope FCC dismisses these letters due to the fact it is against the law to pay someone off.

  • I knew it and also they sent donations to each state since all are writing letters with the same crap. AT&T is paying them and telling them what to say. I hope FCC dismisses these letters due to the fact it is against the law to pay someone off.

  • I knew it and also they sent donations to each state since all are writing letters with the same crap. AT&T is paying them and telling them what to say. I hope FCC dismisses these letters due to the fact it is against the law to pay someone off.

  • I knew it and also they sent donations to each state since all are writing letters with the same crap. AT&T is paying them and telling them what to say. I hope FCC dismisses these letters due to the fact it is against the law to pay someone off.

  • I knew it and also they sent donations to each state since all are writing letters with the same crap. AT&T is paying them and telling them what to say. I hope FCC dismisses these letters due to the fact it is against the law to pay someone off.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry,  last comment was for the Nokia story. Too many tabs. But, yeah, this is a disgrace. It’s not in anyone’s interest to let them buy TMobile. It will stifle competition and raise bill rates while decreasing value offered. They do that year after year for their own customers.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry,  last comment was for the Nokia story. Too many tabs. But, yeah, this is a disgrace. It’s not in anyone’s interest to let them buy TMobile. It will stifle competition and raise bill rates while decreasing value offered. They do that year after year for their own customers.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry,  last comment was for the Nokia story. Too many tabs. But, yeah, this is a disgrace. It’s not in anyone’s interest to let them buy TMobile. It will stifle competition and raise bill rates while decreasing value offered. They do that year after year for their own customers.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry,  last comment was for the Nokia story. Too many tabs. But, yeah, this is a disgrace. It’s not in anyone’s interest to let them buy TMobile. It will stifle competition and raise bill rates while decreasing value offered. They do that year after year for their own customers.

  • Katherine

    I’m not surprised but it still disgusts me. Have enough money and you can buy your way. Thats the American way. *sigh*

  • Katherine

    I’m not surprised but it still disgusts me. Have enough money and you can buy your way. Thats the American way. *sigh*

  • Katherine

    I’m not surprised but it still disgusts me. Have enough money and you can buy your way. Thats the American way. *sigh*

  • Katherine

    I’m not surprised but it still disgusts me. Have enough money and you can buy your way. Thats the American way. *sigh*

  • Katherine

    I’m not surprised but it still disgusts me. Have enough money and you can buy your way. Thats the American way. *sigh*

  • Jason Crumbley

    Just as someone else said, this is a blatant conflict of interest and a fine example of bribery. This is why corporations should NOT be allowed to donate to political campaigns. There is no way this deal is not going through. Just another example of “fuck the people that put us here and keep us in business.”

  • cirrob

    Just out of curiosity how many supporting Republicans have received contributions? Keep in mind I am a Republican but I like to know who so I can redirect my own contributions.

    • Andrew

      I think you can use a site like OpenSecrets to figure out who contributed to particular politicians.

    • Andrew

      I think you can use a site like OpenSecrets to figure out who contributed to particular politicians.

  • cirrob

    Just out of curiosity how many supporting Republicans have received contributions? Keep in mind I am a Republican but I like to know who so I can redirect my own contributions.

  • Michael Le Gere

    This really sucks.  Sometimes you think you have a government working for you, then shiiiiiiiiii…ta comes along to remind you that isn’t true.

    Makes me think, they really should categorize the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” under Fantasy…or Super Hot Sexy Babes cause that Jean Arthur is smoking hot!

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Mistake #1, The Government has NEVER been for you

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Mistake #1, The Government has NEVER been for you

      • Anonymous

        Get your government hands off my medicare?

      • Anonymous

        Get your government hands off my medicare?

  • Mike

    No wonder Ralph De La Vega and AT&T Have been acting cocky and roughing up their customers these last couple of months over tethering.They must think they have the FCC and Tmobile in the bag because of the money they have been spreading around.

  • Mike

    No wonder Ralph De La Vega and AT&T Have been acting cocky and roughing up their customers these last couple of months over tethering.They must think they have the FCC and Tmobile in the bag because of the money they have been spreading around.

  • Petey

    Gosh this sucks. All I know that i’ll be be gone once this acquisition goes through. It’s so disgusting and sad that AT&T gotta bribe in order to get what they want.

    I wonder what would happen if it didn’t go through. lol

    • Pms_carma

      From your lips to Gods ears…if it happens both my roommate and myself will be unemployed…in a right to work state that doesn’t have many options besides tmo. You all think that being consumers and having no say is rough ….try being an employee on top of that!!! When I was hired they didn’t include even a mention that it was in the works. So pardon me for chiming in…but my concern is alot more than if my cellphone Plan is going to double with AT&T.

      • howardtheduck

        Yeah  I work for tmo now and Im really nervous by the take over…. cuz hell tmo employees will be the first let go. 

      • Mopar6464

        If you want real job security get out of the cell phone business and get into the medical field.
        It’s a need not a want business.

    • Pms_carma

      From your lips to Gods ears…if it happens both my roommate and myself will be unemployed…in a right to work state that doesn’t have many options besides tmo. You all think that being consumers and having no say is rough ….try being an employee on top of that!!! When I was hired they didn’t include even a mention that it was in the works. So pardon me for chiming in…but my concern is alot more than if my cellphone Plan is going to double with AT&T.

  • This is very disapointing news, but it shouldn’t come to a surprise. the people will never win if we just shout and scream, we have to sharpen our weapons boys, it’s time to start a revolution. let’s show these corrupt people that even though you have money and power, you still can bleed.

  • Christian

    Don’t mean to insult anyone,love you all.But I Think the solution is to all our problems is to vote.Vote these creeps out.I once was told in a federal courthouse that there are three ways to protect your country ,one was to go to war to defend your country,second was to serve for jury duty and the third was to vote.

  • Christian

    Don’t mean to insult anyone,love you all.But I Think the solution is to all our problems is to vote.Vote these creeps out.I once was told in a federal courthouse that there are three ways to protect your country ,one was to go to war to defend your country,second was to serve for jury duty and the third was to vote.

    • H8stylist

      but if you see the majority of politicians that are on the list, you should take note that it probably means that the person you vote in will be on the same list a year later. a moral politician is an oxymoron.  i am sure at least some of the politicians got motivated to get into congress due to the fact that they would receive these contributions.

      for most people money and greed are the biggest contributers to ambition.

    • H8stylist

      but if you see the majority of politicians that are on the list, you should take note that it probably means that the person you vote in will be on the same list a year later. a moral politician is an oxymoron.  i am sure at least some of the politicians got motivated to get into congress due to the fact that they would receive these contributions.

      for most people money and greed are the biggest contributers to ambition.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks to ACORN, you can forget about the voting aspect of this.

      • Anonymous

        lolwut?

      • Anonymous

        lolwut?

      • Anonymous

        lolwut?

  • Here are the 72 House Democrats who sent the letter, followed by how much each received from the AT&T in the last election.

    Name Amount (2010 cycle)

    G. K. Butterfield $10,500
    Gene Green $10,000
    Peter Welch $6,500
    Joe Baca $10,250
    John Barrow $10,000
    Dan Boren $10,000
    Robert Brady $9,000
    Ben Chandler $7,000
    Silvestre Reyes $8,500
    William Lacy Clay, Jr. $10,500
    Al Green $10,000
    Alcee Hastings $10,000
    Nick J. Rahall $10,000
    James P. Moran $2,500
    Gregory W. Meeks $9,500
    Albio Sires $9,000
    Tim Holden $8,000
    Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. $11,250
    Ed Pastor $10,000
    Mike Ross $10,250
    Rubén Hinojosa $7,500
    Henry Cuellar $10,000
    Joseph Crowley $10,000
    Eddie Bernice Johnson $9,000
    Luis Gutierrez $5,500
    Adam Schiff $5,500
    Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. $3,350
    Adam Smith $4,500
    Corrine Brown $6,000
    Chaka Fattah $8,000
    Henry C. Johnson, Jr. $2,000
    Michael Michaud $8,500
    Loretta Sanchez $11,000
    Donna M. Christensen $7,500
    Ted Deutch $6,000
    Jim Costa $10,500
    Betty McCollum $1,000
    Ed Perlmutter $5,500
    Brad Miller $2,000
    Yvette Clarke $7,000
    Grace Napolitano $4,000
    Steve Cohen $5,000
    Ron Kind $7,000
    Betty Sutton $4,000
    Heath Shuler $10,000
    David Scott $11,500
    Jared Polis NA
    Cedric Richmond NA
    Shelley Berkley $7,000
    Frederica Wilson NA
    Tim Bishop $10,500
    Marcia Fudge $9,000
    Rosa DeLauro $2,000
    Karen Bass NA
    Christopher S. Murphy $6,800
    Frank Pallone $7,500
    Laura Richardson $8,000
    Dennis Cardoza $10,000
    David Cicilline NA
    Raúl Grijalva $2,000
    Danny K. Davis $6,000
    Brad Sherman $5,500
    Ben Ray Luján $5,000
    Dutch Ruppersberger $7,500
    Terri Sewell NA
    John B. Larson $5,500
    Charles A. Gonzalez $10,500
    James R. Langevin $8,000
    Collin C. Peterson $4,500
    Jerry McNerney $12,750
    Joe Courtney $4,250
    Gerald Connolly $9,500

    Total $496,400 

    • Wilma Flintstone

      LOL!!! #11 AL GREEN

    • Wilma Flintstone

      LOL!!! #11 AL GREEN

    • Ash

      LOL at Betty McCollum $1,000
      Sold her soul for $1000.

  • Mike

    AT&T spent half a million dollars buying politicians.Thanks Erick

  • Mike

    AT&T spent half a million dollars buying politicians.Thanks Erick

  • Yes, cause I’m sure at&t used 20 years of donations to have this buyout happen. I’m not saying I’m happy to have att-tmobile, but someone sounds a little biased and is manipulating things to sound worse than they are. Just my opinion though. 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, its gonna happen.

  • Nick

    Welcome to America.  How is anyone surprised to hear this?  This is how things are done day in and day out in this country.

    • H8stylist

      no one should be surprised, even david said from the beginning that at&t is a big campaign contributer to the people in congress, just don’t think many realize how widespread it was.  wonder if the people in congress not on the list refused or are upset they didn’t get anything.

    • H8stylist

      no one should be surprised, even david said from the beginning that at&t is a big campaign contributer to the people in congress, just don’t think many realize how widespread it was.  wonder if the people in congress not on the list refused or are upset they didn’t get anything.

  • TmoNewClient

    Compare to $ 6 000 000 000 fee that AT&T have to pay if the merge didn’t go through, $ 500 000 is a very small amount ! (about 0.008 %)

    • H8stylist

      i think your calculator is broken, or more hoping that it IS your calculator

    • H8stylist

      i think your calculator is broken, or more hoping that it IS your calculator

      • amy

        I think your brain is broken, more hoping that IS your brain

  • Mavictb

    fuk-in democrats!

    • HeLLkAt31

      don’t forget the Republicans they are all in the same toilet…

    • F800

      If you believe that either party is concerned about main street over wall street, you are part of the problem. 

      • Mavictb

        Trust me I am fully aware of the faults of the two party system. Please don’t assume that because I didn’t mention the political party that the article did NOT mention, that I have some sort of bias to one party or another. I vote for a person based on their beliefs, issues, and track record of having upheld their own convictions views and promises. Unfortunately in most cases both candidates on BOTH sides of the fence are unable to uphold their own beliefs, views, issues and promises and their history of voting on legislation is the proof among several other factor which I will not get into.

      • Mavictb

        Trust me I am fully aware of the faults of the two party system. Please don’t assume that because I didn’t mention the political party that the article did NOT mention, that I have some sort of bias to one party or another. I vote for a person based on their beliefs, issues, and track record of having upheld their own convictions views and promises. Unfortunately in most cases both candidates on BOTH sides of the fence are unable to uphold their own beliefs, views, issues and promises and their history of voting on legislation is the proof among several other factor which I will not get into.

  • Mavictb

    fuk-in democrats!

  • alt-mobile

    This doesn’t come as a surprise at ALL.  When this merger was first mentioned I stated that AT&T is the single largest lobbyist for politicians in the world.  They know how to get s— done.

    As much as I hope that this merger does NOT go through, it pretty much is inevitable that it will.  Do you think AT&T is that stupid?  That they would risk $6 billion and also potential frequency loss if the merger was not to go through?  Do you think that AT&T doesn’t already have most of the politicians (both Republican and Democrats) in their back pocket before approaching T-Mobile and before announcing this takeover?

    We live in a corrupt society where politicians, who are voted in to office by the public to serve the public, are only in office to gain fame, prestige and re-election.  None of them care about us, their constituents, they’re all selfish and deceitful.

    • HeLLkAt31

      Amen to that!

  • renter

    This is all emotional with ZERO proof presented so far that these donations prompted them to vote a certain way.
    The amount of money each politician received individually is miniscule.
    I await proof or evidence but doubt any will be presented.

    • HeLLkAt31

      I wonder if the box you live in has a little hole for you to breathe through?…

      • Anonymous

        lmao original.

    • Goukisan

      seriously? You know Santa Claus was a lie your parents told you so you could blame someone else for teh bad gifts right?

  • renter

    This is all emotional with ZERO proof presented so far that these donations prompted them to vote a certain way.
    The amount of money each politician received individually is miniscule.
    I await proof or evidence but doubt any will be presented.

  • HeLLkAt31

    It sounds like the players are in place, paving the way for the New World Order to take over. Their will only be one company controlling all communications around the world to monitor us. The recent location tracking debate is just one part of what they got planned for us…

    • Wilma Flintstone

      *Gasp* SkyNet O.O

      • HeLLkAt31

        Bullseye! you’re exactly right

  • gwhyte01

    Its effed up that we the consumers dont have a say so in shit. We the ones paying for this, out of our pockets. im telling you society is screwed. sorry david but this pisses me off. and if shot like this this keeps happening this country in gonna be in the middle of the toilet with no paper thanks to a few greedy bastards who dont give a shit about the average man. get your shot together america. s

  • Screwymatt

    My favorite radio show says it best “Who would trust anyone who spends millions to makes thousands??”

  • IT Guy

    Ask yourself this: Had AT&T not made these contributions, would this acquisition still be as likely to succeed?

    I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying yes.

  • i wonder how much Anthony “Tweet Mah” Wiener got….

  • mario

    I think that’s a big sign that this merger will go through. You’re right David
    “If can’t beat ’em buy ’em

  • Maschwar77

    I think I’ll welcome this merger after all.  My position changed because it is painfully obvious that Deutsche Telekom wants nothing to do with the mobile phone business in the US.  I ported my number from T-Mobile to AT&T GoPhone.  Personally, I’d welcome the improved coverage area once T-Mobile is absorbed.

  • Maschwar77

    I think I’ll welcome this merger after all.  My position changed because it is painfully obvious that Deutsche Telekom wants nothing to do with the mobile phone business in the US.  I ported my number from T-Mobile to AT&T GoPhone.  Personally, I’d welcome the improved coverage area once T-Mobile is absorbed.

    • IT Guy

      So much this. 

      DT has wanted out of the US market for a few years now. It’s no secret they’ve been trying to sell off the T-Mobile USA brand. Even if this acquisition should fail, T-Mobile in the US is *done*. DT will most likely break up the network and sell it off in pieces. I see a lot of misplaced anger toward AT&T in this situation. It’s not like they came in and secretly bought out T-Mo.
      While I personally don’t care for AT&T,  the acquisition makes perfect sense. They need capacity, and T-mobile’s network fits the bill and is for sale. 

      • v8dreaming

        At&t and T-Mobile are both complaining about having a spectrum shortage. How can you put two things together, with the same broken parts, and expect the new big thing to function properly when it will still have the same broken parts?

    • F800

      Just be aware that only VOICE coverage will improve shortly after the buyout, not data coverage.  AT&T and TMO use different frequencies for voice, but almost all GSM phones today can access both bands.  For data service, however, very few phones have the ability to access both sets of frequencies, so you’ll probably need a new phone before you see any real improvement in data service.

  • LMAO and the Leftists were bemoaning Citizens United… Big corp is the left. Big corp is in league with Dems to retain a total or near total monopoly on their businesses, which the Dems help them do, time after time, by enacting greater and greater laws and regs and raise the cost of doing business which drives small entities out of the market. Big corp and the Left are anti-free market because of this. Almost every mega-corp supported the Dems, time after time. Fact. Ask yourself why.

  • LMAO and the Leftists were bemoaning Citizens United… Big corp is the left. Big corp is in league with Dems to retain a total or near total monopoly on their businesses, which the Dems help them do, time after time, by enacting greater and greater laws and regs and raise the cost of doing business which drives small entities out of the market. Big corp and the Left are anti-free market because of this. Almost every mega-corp supported the Dems, time after time. Fact. Ask yourself why.

    • Jabombardier

      Really …..

    • Jabombardier

      Really …..

    • Anonymous

      Okay, you’re against the Democrats.  That’s fine.  I’m a Democrat who is sickened by how my party has sold me out to high-power interests.

      But don’t go tricking yourself into thinking the Republicans are looking out for you.

      Remember: Political donations are the same as speech, and international corporations are the same thing as an american person.

      • Goukisan

        wow hex welcome to the real world??

      • I don’t trick myself. I’m Libertarian. I believe in minimum federal and maximum state government. Local government ALWAYS governs best.  

        • Anonymous

          In that case I need your help.  As the compromise in the last budget battle, the D’s let the R’s interfere with my local city government.  The city of Washington’s local government implemented a needle exchange program using local money to try to curb AIDS in the city.

          And the Federal legislature (of which none of us in the city have representation in) stopped this because it might promote drugs or something.  Politicians who talk about local rule are lying.  They just care when it benefits them.

          The problem is that since DC can’t vote, none of the politicians care about our opinions.  If you could call your rep and senator about DC local rule, I’d really appreciate it.

          Cheers!
          Hex

        • Anonymous

          In that case I need your help.  As the compromise in the last budget battle, the D’s let the R’s interfere with my local city government.  The city of Washington’s local government implemented a needle exchange program using local money to try to curb AIDS in the city.

          And the Federal legislature (of which none of us in the city have representation in) stopped this because it might promote drugs or something.  Politicians who talk about local rule are lying.  They just care when it benefits them.

          The problem is that since DC can’t vote, none of the politicians care about our opinions.  If you could call your rep and senator about DC local rule, I’d really appreciate it.

          Cheers!
          Hex

        • Mike34

          Well , where I’m at we pay more local taxes than federal because we were fooled in into giving the county Goverment the power to raise or lower taxes ,ours went up of course.I wish you luck.

        • Mike34

          Well , where I’m at we pay more local taxes than federal because we were fooled in into giving the county Goverment the power to raise or lower taxes ,ours went up of course.I wish you luck.

        • Mike

          Well , where I’m at we pay more local taxes than federal because we were fooled in into giving the county Goverment the power to raise or lower taxes ,ours went up of course.I wish you luck.

        •  “Local government ALWAYS governs best.” Definitely not true. local government is just as corrupt as the federal. You just hear more about the federal because its on the national level. I live in Chicago, and trust me, every single politician down to the representatives and council men/women are corrupt. Blagoyevic, Ryan, Daley, all corrupt and ruining the city. the current budget shortfall is projected to be $500 million to $1 billion in debt. now tell me how does this happen in a city with over 2.5 million people paying the highest state tax in the country? Bottom line is, that every politician is greedy, no matter what playing field they’re on. Whether it be local or federal, they all have an underlying agenda.

        • v8dreaming

          That’s why no states are having budget problems, right?

    • Anonymous

      Okay, you’re against the Democrats.  That’s fine.  I’m a Democrat who is sickened by how my party has sold me out to high-power interests.

      But don’t go tricking yourself into thinking the Republicans are looking out for you.

      Remember: Political donations are the same as speech, and international corporations are the same thing as an american person.

    • Jason Crumbley

      Man, you make no sense. Big corps. are not anti-free market. They want a totally free market with no restrictions so they can buy everything, raise prices on all of it, destroy worker wages and benefits, and do whatever the hell they want with no oversite. If they had their way, there would be 4, maybe 5 large companies that own everything. It would be “GE presents the United States of America. Brought to you by Exxon”, or some stupid shit. A total, unrestricted free market would eat itself. The market is already trying to do that now, which planted our economy in it’s current situation. Every time something is privatized, what happens? The prices go up. Prime example? Power companies. Big companies always try to pass the blame for rising prices, when it’s really quite obvious what the real reason is. Greed.

    • Bratty

      Go read the article again s.l.o.w.l.y. 78/100 senators are getting “contributions”….they all dems? The only thing to bemoan is your post.

      • “Will it come to anyone’s surprise that of the 72 Democratic lawmakers
        that sent a letter to the FCC and Justice department supporting the AT&T/T-Mobile merger that 66 of those lawmakers received campaign contributions from AT&T.”

      • (The issue is appearance of impropriety due to actions favoring ATT, not passively receiving donations. Slight distinction there.)

    • Bratty

      Go read the article again s.l.o.w.l.y. 78/100 senators are getting “contributions”….they all dems? The only thing to bemoan is your post.

  • We need to hire nick naylor and counter lobby against this terrible merger!

  • We need to hire nick naylor and counter lobby against this terrible merger!

  • Anonymous

    all this for some friggin lte. hspa+84 would do the job just fine. seriously att how much bandwith do you need. not even in my home i have 84mbps we dont need lte that bad. no-one does. let those idiots from verizon spend money, and plus att cant do internet right. nations slowest broadband. from home to cell you suck att and your day will come again in monopoly or bankruptcy court. just hope these idiots in washington can once and for all dismantle your operation, no more cingular or anything, poof! gone. see ya. bastards.

    • Mopar6464

      Damn , are you a little bent or what.
      Well in my area AT&T smokes T-Mobile service twice around , just sayin.

  • Anonymous

    all this for some friggin lte. hspa+84 would do the job just fine. seriously att how much bandwith do you need. not even in my home i have 84mbps we dont need lte that bad. no-one does. let those idiots from verizon spend money, and plus att cant do internet right. nations slowest broadband. from home to cell you suck att and your day will come again in monopoly or bankruptcy court. just hope these idiots in washington can once and for all dismantle your operation, no more cingular or anything, poof! gone. see ya. bastards.

  • Jabombardier

    Whatever. Supporting a merger for campaign money i wouldn’t be worried about for a politician. Besides majority of politicians accross party lines don’t support thus merger.

  • Jabombardier

    Whatever. Supporting a merger for campaign money i wouldn’t be worried about for a politician. Besides majority of politicians accross party lines don’t support thus merger.

    • Guesty

      That’s what they say on record, but they just turn around and line their pockets with money

  • metaworldwar

    I bet in every district the same amount of money went to the the loser. Maybe life is easier w/my head in the sand. If you look hard enough everything sux. Except my dog, he’s always cool.

  • Stillalive

    Nothing new David.  Buyout or not large corporations always give campaign money to those who govern us.  

    Your article title makes it sound like AT&T purposely donated money to govt. officials particularly for this instance.

    I wish this buyout would just be over with already.  That way all the paranoid people will be able to relax and realize that their lives are not really over.  

  • Stillalive

    Nothing new David.  Buyout or not large corporations always give campaign money to those who govern us.  

    Your article title makes it sound like AT&T purposely donated money to govt. officials particularly for this instance.

    I wish this buyout would just be over with already.  That way all the paranoid people will be able to relax and realize that their lives are not really over.  

    • Anonymous

      You’re right. It is really difficult for many of us who are kind of stuck in limbo … t-Mobile keeps asking me to sign a contract, but I’m only signing one that releases me automatically if the merger goes through. Of course, their response is, we can’t guarantee that. Well, then they’ll just have to enjoy my 75/month off contract until the decision is made.

  • Max

    Tmobile should be broken up and sold in pieces.AT&T can’t even handle their own business much less buy someone elses and try to manage it.

  • Max

    Tmobile should be broken up and sold in pieces.AT&T can’t even handle their own business much less buy someone elses and try to manage it.

  • kresk

    As long as I can keep my current plan (even if that means buying my phones at full price) I don’t care what happens.

  • Anonymous

    I used to be into Politics a couple years ago but last year I realized that every single one of them is only out for themselves and could care less what they do to this country. After realizing this, I went to the DMV/MVA and re-registered as a independent. Sooner or later, you will come to the understanding that no matter what party you support, THERE CROOKED.

  • Anonymous

    I used to be into Politics a couple years ago but last year I realized that every single one of them is only out for themselves and could care less what they do to this country. After realizing this, I went to the DMV/MVA and re-registered as a independent. Sooner or later, you will come to the understanding that no matter what party you support, THERE CROOKED.

    • HTC Pyramid

      yeah, and even Independents are crooked, but i see that doesn’t stop you from voting.

  • For the record: I hate politics due to them being nothing more that smoke and mirrors designed to keep the attention of the American people away from what is really happening…..Like this BS….So our lawmakers would rather see them American people screwed out of their hard earned and over-taxed dollar than see them be treated fairly by big corporations….And WE let them do it….EVERYONE knows millions of people will be screwed by this merger and yet it will happen….Now think back on previous incidents and you will have no choice but to acknowledge that this is nothing new….but we have let it happen so much that it has literally destroyed an entire class of people….Sorry folks but this crap is just p1sses me off on more than one level….SMMFH

  • Goukisan

    cell phones are NOT a necessity, no matter what you think or what anyone else might say. It is a business and they will do what is best for them. You dont get a say because you dont run the company. If you dont like it you can go to any other carrier.

    • To you, but clearly people use cell phones are a necessity. & yes people can go to other carriers, but since they signed a contract with T-Mobile, I’m sure that’s where they want to stay. Yes they’re all other carriers, but they don’t all provide the same level of services as each other.

  • Anonymous

    The irony……..the irony…..

  • James

    I mentioned this when the news first broke about AT&T buying T-Mobile.  Anyone who believed it wouldn’t go down don’t know how government works. People in congress are only there to make more money, not to represent their district or state.

    This merger was ALWAYS going to happen. Just have a back up plan when its finalized and your contract is nearing its end.

  • James

    I mentioned this when the news first broke about AT&T buying T-Mobile.  Anyone who believed it wouldn’t go down don’t know how government works. People in congress are only there to make more money, not to represent their district or state.

    This merger was ALWAYS going to happen. Just have a back up plan when its finalized and your contract is nearing its end.

  • James

    I mentioned this when the news first broke about AT&T buying T-Mobile.  Anyone who believed it wouldn’t go down don’t know how government works. People in congress are only there to make more money, not to represent their district or state.

    This merger was ALWAYS going to happen. Just have a back up plan when its finalized and your contract is nearing its end.

    • I think a lot of congresspeople start out with the best intentions, but there’s only so many times you can find dollar-sign-bags at your front door before you give in.

    • I think a lot of congresspeople start out with the best intentions, but there’s only so many times you can find dollar-sign-bags at your front door before you give in.

  • I was on the phone wit the loyalty department yesterday to get my Sensation and they said they
    were updating there system to at&t’s so there system was running slow
    today i just hung up on her after that you will be missed T-Mobile

    • Ging123

      No truth to systems being updated to AT&T. either you are full of it or that employee has NO idea what they are talking about!

      • Lmfaooooooooooooo 

      • well this is what she told me so you can F*%k yourself bum

      • well this is what she told me so you can F*%k yourself bum

  • TomCruise

    Grow up. Corporations always contribute to both political parties.
    And T-Mobile was a mess ever since 3G implementation. No wonder DT is eager to sell it off.
    it only makes logical sense for ATT’s interest in buying them since nobody else showed any.
    All this is nothing new. Reading too much into this.

    • Actually Sprint wanted to buy T-mobile and Mr. Tom Cruise maybe you should read the article instead of the Title only “During the last campaign election cycle AT&T gave money to 391 of the 435 House members and 78 of the 100 Senate members.” he never said they only give money to Democratic because if they give money to all those congress members then they must have given to republicans but the issue here is how much influence AT&t has on congress not which political party.

      • ColdFeet

        I agree with TomCruise. I think we’re making a bigger deal out of this than it really is. It’s politics and we all play ’em in some form or another. We all want “our guys” in office, don’t we? Politicians promise us something that usually lets us hang on to more of our money so we vote for them. Or maybe we like their opinions on gay marriage or maybe we like that they’re belief in God is what guides them. And some of us even contribute to their campaigns in order to help get them in office. We rarely vote for the ones who have completley different views and opinions, do we? Why? Because we all feel that we can benefit in some way from having “our guys” in office.

  • & my friend just SIGNED a contract with T-Mobile. I was kind of cringing when she said so, but it would be cool to both have T-Mobile & Android’s (now), & T-Mobile provided the best most valuable service for her, so I didn’t tell her not too. Now, I feel kind of bad. But, I heard if/when the deal goes through you can get out your contract (I forgot how) or get a new contract with AT&T if you please.

    • CRT24

      Att is buying all contracts along with this sale whether they want them or not….they either have to honor it or let you out of it so signing a T-Mobile contract now or even in the future is smart because you can lock in a lower rate for at least 2 years. The same alternatives to T-Mobile or ATT that are available now will be there after the deal closes so why wouldnt you want to save some money untill then? T-Mobile still has some great phones and great network and while not likely, there is always the chance the deal won’t get approved so there really isn’t any risk to staying with T-Mobile right now and is actually be the best option wrt value, network, and phones right now.

      • It’s not for me, it’s for my friend. & truth be told, she was saving more money with her regional carrier. She was just fed up with some of their polices or what have you. & if AT&T is buying all contracts & they decide either to honor it or let you go, how is that beneficial? That’s like riding a road of hidden treasures collecting all the collateral out to a dead end, then dying, or riding a rollercoaster until a dead end, then dying. & at this point the ratio of the deal not doing through is like 0.0000000001 to 53 billion. I was so for believing it wouldn’t, but it’s really starting to not look that way anymore.

        • CRT24

          They really don’t decide your fate IMO……you have a choice just like you do right now with Verizon, ATT, or Sprint if you are just considering major carriers and 2 of those are much more expensive than T-Mobile right now. Assuming the deal goes through ATT or another carrier that may pick up some divestitures has to honor your contract or let you out of it….So in the end it is still your choice but you won’t have to make it until your contract is up or ATT requires you to switch to one of their plans before your contract ends…..either way the only other choices are Verizon or Sprint as far as major carriers and you still have the option of the smaller carriers as well so you might as well save some money in the mean time and see what happens.

        • CRT24

          They really don’t decide your fate IMO……you have a choice just like you do right now with Verizon, ATT, or Sprint if you are just considering major carriers and 2 of those are much more expensive than T-Mobile right now. Assuming the deal goes through ATT or another carrier that may pick up some divestitures has to honor your contract or let you out of it….So in the end it is still your choice but you won’t have to make it until your contract is up or ATT requires you to switch to one of their plans before your contract ends…..either way the only other choices are Verizon or Sprint as far as major carriers and you still have the option of the smaller carriers as well so you might as well save some money in the mean time and see what happens.

        • CRT24

          They really don’t decide your fate IMO……you have a choice just like you do right now with Verizon, ATT, or Sprint if you are just considering major carriers and 2 of those are much more expensive than T-Mobile right now. Assuming the deal goes through ATT or another carrier that may pick up some divestitures has to honor your contract or let you out of it….So in the end it is still your choice but you won’t have to make it until your contract is up or ATT requires you to switch to one of their plans before your contract ends…..either way the only other choices are Verizon or Sprint as far as major carriers and you still have the option of the smaller carriers as well so you might as well save some money in the mean time and see what happens.

        • Well I did say in the initial comment “you can get out your contract (I forget how)”, so your comments are confusing me. Because I was saying once the deals goes through, getting out of the contract, not now. If that was the case, it’s in the 14-30 day period for her (to return her stuff & not be in contract or whatever). I wouldn’t have even commented about that. I think you got the wrong perception of my comment.

      • Petey

        I was with AT&T wireless when Cingular bought/merge or whatever they did. They’re not going to let you go easily. If I recall correctly they either try to migrate you over to AT&T or I think they degrade your service… but with this situation t-mobile service would be degrade (didn’t they say they want to turn off 1700). Maybe I’m using the wrong term “degrade”. I think they won’t upgrade your service to get better service or something along that line.

        That’s why everyone thinks “locking in another 2 years” will grandfather your plan is a good thing. Sure do what you wanted to do, but since I’m been out of contract for over 6 months and planning not to re-up due to these type of reason if this acquisition happens. I do NOT want to do business with AT&T, since i left them acouple years ago for T-Mobile… now i’m looking forward to do business elsewhere.

        That’s my opinion.

        • CRT24

          They cannot change your plan on their own legally…..that would be breaking the contract that they purchased and they would have to let you out legally. Even if they did try it they wouldn’t have a leg to stand on if they try to enforce an ETF on you since they initiated the change

        • Petey

          They will not let you go so easily. You’ll stick with the t-mobile services (they will not let you go onto the AT&T network unless you MIGRATE to their plan which requires their sim card (which how they programed it)) and if I recall correctly, that’s what happened with AT&T Wireless (when cingular purchased them).

          AT&T already mentioned they’re planning to turn off 1700 aws for their LTE… so that’s right there is downgrading the services (which i don’t htink has an impact on your contract, but someone correct me if I’m wrong).

          I’m not going to debate about this but some might find it’s good idea to lock your plan for another two years, but I’m not going to deal with this because I will not do business with AT&T.

        • Mopar6464

          And that’s when you man up and tell AT&T to abide by the original T-Mobile contract they assumed or you will arbitrate their decision to be let go with no ETF.
          AT&T by law must honor your original agreement or release you.
          That’s why i believe when the acquisition is approved AT&T will make a decision in the beginning on which T-Mobile customers they want to keep or let go. That way they can move on to what they really want out of the deal , the towers and spectrum.
          The ones with bad credit will get moved to their prepaid division or let go because they don’t want the speed bumps slowing them down.

        • Petey

          Again as I mentioned in my previous post. They are not going let you get out of contract. Att acquisite T-Mobile, therefore if this goes through. They have control over your contract and make you choose tomigrate to an att plan or stay with your current contract/plan. Same shiet happen with att wireless and Cingular. I was a att wireless customer when it happened so this what I encountered. If you “believe ” they will let you go out so easily. Goodluck.

        • Mopar6464

          Go back and read your agreement you signed with T-Mobile.
          If another company buys your original contract (T-Mobile) and assumes that contract they must honor that contract for the life of the contract. It’s the same as your original mortgage on your house and it changes hands various times throughout the life of the loan. But the fixed monthly payment and original agreement must stay the same , it’s the federal law.
          Now if AT&T does not Want to honor your T-Mobile contract then yes they don’t have to but then they Must Release You from it with no ETF  fees.
          They have control of your contract they bought but they must abide by the original T-mobile contract. The only road bump i see is that AT&T don’t offer unlimited data plans therefor they would prbably limit you to their 2GB capped data plan.
          Remember it’s up the AT&T if they Want your contract , they could very well just release you right away after the acquisition is approved and not have to deal with it. That’s their choice.

      • Thing is, even if you’re only spending $200 on contract and AT&T lets you out of the contract next year because they hiked data rates or killed T-Mobile’s 3G signal, you still won’t have gotten your $200 worth out of the phone and since they have the GSM monopoly you can’t take your phone to another carrier, so you have to buy another phone and start all over again with a new contract instead of just buying service. 

        Since AT&T’s network is incompatible with the other guys, they’ve got you, contract or not.

        • Petey

          Agree, that’s the bad sad about GSM if this acquisition happens. If this does goes through. i’m either going to Sprint or Verizon, which ever is better service, and stick with one phone… it sucks but oh well.

        • Mopar6464

          So then you Sell your AT&T phone and use that money for your next purchase when you go to another carrier. There are plenty of AT&T contracted people who will buy that AT&T and use it.
          And don’t forget there will also be prepaid GSM providers that will still be in the cell business, The FCC will put some kind of rules in the agreement for AT&T to follow by so the small guys are still an option.

        • Mopar6464

          So then you Sell your AT&T phone and use that money for your next purchase when you go to another carrier. There are plenty of AT&T contracted people who will buy that AT&T and use it.
          And don’t forget there will also be prepaid GSM providers that will still be in the cell business, The FCC will put some kind of rules in the agreement for AT&T to follow by so the small guys are still an option.

  • Hello Virgin Mobile, Hello Motorola Triumph.

    • None

      I saw that… I like!

      • Me too. I was already thinking of picking one up. Might pick up one just in case.

      • Me too. I was already thinking of picking one up. Might pick up one just in case.

    • None

      I saw that… I like!

    • None

      I saw that… I like!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the FCC is even aware of the contributions that AT&T has made to these members of congress… Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that the FCC (or some of its members) are getting ‘donations’ as well from AT&T.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the FCC is even aware of the contributions that AT&T has made to these members of congress… Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that the FCC (or some of its members) are getting ‘donations’ as well from AT&T.

    • Mopar6464

      They probably don’t give a damn because they are probably paid as well.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the FCC is even aware of the contributions that AT&T has made to these members of congress… Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that the FCC (or some of its members) are getting ‘donations’ as well from AT&T.

  • MIKEEEEE

    only 76 took the bait out of 193. i betcha every republican is for it. wanna bet?

  • MIKEEEEE

    only 76 took the bait out of 193. i betcha every republican is for it. wanna bet?

    • Bribe the Dems because they’re probably against it, and no need for the republicans because they’re already for it lol

      • Mitch8207

        Do all dems think alike. Come on now its not just 1 party involved. When stuff like this happens all you conspiracy driven wack jobs thinks its one side or the other. (thats not me just saying its dems either im sure reps do it too) Stay on issue and quit party bashing. Im sure some dems were in on this too. The gov has play on this but you cant say it was purely one side or the other. Were you the one passing out the money? Certainly not. So let us have our voices heard on this issue and try to help it not pass. Otherwise its going to turn into a party bashing which is gonna equal a loss no matter what you do. AT&T are already contridicting themselves with what they put in their letter as to why this would be a positive thing. So lets help to try and bury this thing instead of crying about it while watching it go down right in front of us.

  • Anonymous

    Because if they didn’t buy the Democrats, then who would throw the game?

    The Democrats are AWESOME at throwing the game.  Look at the last budget negotiations.  The R’s threatened a government shutdown unless they got 30 billion in cuts.  Then they upped it to 60 billion.  What did the D’s do?  EXACTLY what the R’s wanted.

    Their job is to make noise about supporting the middle class while giving the corporations everything they want.  They do a great job at it, and are paid well for it.

    As CFG9000 said:

    Republicans: Yea, we’re owned by corporations. We’re okay with it.

    Democrats: Protect the consumers! Ensure competition! Regulate antitrusts! *do the exact opposite while getting paid

  • Anonymous

    Because if they didn’t buy the Democrats, then who would throw the game?

    The Democrats are AWESOME at throwing the game.  Look at the last budget negotiations.  The R’s threatened a government shutdown unless they got 30 billion in cuts.  Then they upped it to 60 billion.  What did the D’s do?  EXACTLY what the R’s wanted.

    Their job is to make noise about supporting the middle class while giving the corporations everything they want.  They do a great job at it, and are paid well for it.

    As CFG9000 said:

    Republicans: Yea, we’re owned by corporations. We’re okay with it.

    Democrats: Protect the consumers! Ensure competition! Regulate antitrusts! *do the exact opposite while getting paid

  • Mitch8207

    Well im republican and against it. I hate this idea. 1st off most of us tmobile customers will be getting screwed by att because they dont offer unlimited data use. 2nd att charges for sim cards to use your phone in other countries. 3rd and i think this should be an obvious one. Att is trying to create a cell phone monopoly. If they have the largest coverage plus largest customer base its only a matter of time before they have enough to buyout the other 2 out of the 4 largest companies left. They say this will create jobs but tmobile will be losing 40k jobs if the merger happens. Att has already stated they are expanding their coverage to their customers before the merger but stated the buyout was to increase their coverage. So att which is it??? All this is going to do is cost america more jobs and put more money into att’s pocket so they can briber their way into the monopoly positon they are trying to get to.

  • Mark

    Heh… I just check opensecrets.org’s donor look up for the 2010 election cycle. AT&T related donors gave a total of $525,996… T-Mobile? $23.975. 
     
    Verizon donors clocked in at $556,966 and Sprint came in at 74,601. 

  • Olographics28

    I am also sure all those “law makers” and their families will have free ALL UNLIMITED service in wireless, internet, land lines, tv,etc, etc from ATT FOR LIFE……..
    God work misters law makers……do your Fu……ng job and stop screwing the hard working people who really work and earn their money with sweat.
    But after all “you have the power ( or is the people???) so, screw the people, right?

  • Olographics28

    I am also sure all those “law makers” and their families will have free ALL UNLIMITED service in wireless, internet, land lines, tv,etc, etc from ATT FOR LIFE……..
    God work misters law makers……do your Fu……ng job and stop screwing the hard working people who really work and earn their money with sweat.
    But after all “you have the power ( or is the people???) so, screw the people, right?

  • Lewis

    Omg,wait till tmobile customers have a proplem with their phones after the takeover and AT&T tells them we can’t help you ,you need to buy an AT&T phone.

    • Heyyou488

      That is what happened when AT&T Wireless was bought by Cingular. Then it happened again when SBC bought Cingular. I remember being with AT&T Wireless and Cingular telling me that they could not give me any support even answer billing questions until I “upgraded” to a more expensive plan with less minutes (but it had roll-over). I left and went to T-Mobile. It took them some years, but they are determined to get me on the “upgraded” plan even if they have to buy T-Mobile to do it! 

  • Lewis

    Omg,wait till tmobile customers have a proplem with their phones after the takeover and AT&T tells them we can’t help you ,you need to buy an AT&T phone.

  • MLB

    I know we are not surprised by this!!!

  • MLB

    I know we are not surprised by this!!!

  • Mike

    I remember when the FCC made a big stink about Janet Jackson’s Left breast getting major exposure during the Super Bowl halftime show.That went on for weeks.I don’t see the FCC making a big deal about this potential GSM monopoly taking place or investigating AT&T and it’s campaign donations.

  • Wayne

    If you are tethering on Tmobile then you are really going to enjoy getting screwed on AT&T and it’s limited data plans.

  • ELDESORDENAOPR69

    AT & T is the company most bad you have a customer service disaster, the Internet is limited and plans are very expensive not because the GOVERNMENT is not involved in this have to let small businesses do their business not every time a giant still has not completely finished with a company that acquired when it wants another aprte case and do not have good customer service that is a herror

    • The Truth

      What the hell are you talking about?

    • Asdf

      Are you using Google Translator to post in English?  Stop it!

    • Nglive2

      Que?

    • Anonymous

      No hablo ingles?

  • ELDESORDENAOPR69

    AT & T is the company most bad you have a customer service disaster, the Internet is limited and plans are very expensive not because the GOVERNMENT is not involved in this have to let small businesses do their business not every time a giant still has not completely finished with a company that acquired when it wants another aprte case and do not have good customer service that is a herror

  • NardVa

    This is why our government sucks. When it is all said and done people/companies with big pockets is what runs America and influence rules/laws in this country. Just follow the money trail.

  • Anonymous

    These are dollars that we know about, the sad and dirty part of this entire deal is the underhanded dealings that went on behind closed doors. If anyone doesn’t think this happened in this case they are fools. This entire deal has really turned my stomach. I am still with T-Mobile and even bought the Sensation, I think I will leave and jump on a Verizon all data plan before it is too late. I have supported T-Mobile as much as any customer can, I have noticed a serious change in their customer assistance dept, very much AT&T like. They are treating this as if the deal has already been closed. Damn this really pisses me off. I don’t get emotional about many things but this deal has somehow really effected me. You find a company that treats you right and gives you a great product, it just sucks to see this go away just when they have come so far. Very fast data and great plans, what else can you want from a cell carrier??

  • v8dreaming

    Did I say anything about a political party in my statement?

  • The best democracy money can buy!

  • TMoFan

    Sad but expected. Now that the issues behind this sellout are coming to light at&t has to spread the wealth around from congress to the Filipino American Arts Exposition. This is the only way for at&t to get their support. I can imagine the talks going on behind the scenes to get this deal through.

    I’m sure there are some in Congress that are happy to see a German subsidiary absorbed into an American company because of some sort of patriotic bs. Never mind that the subsidiary provides service and rates that are lightyears ahead of the American corp.

  • TMoFan

    Sad but expected. Now that the issues behind this sellout are coming to light at&t has to spread the wealth around from congress to the Filipino American Arts Exposition. This is the only way for at&t to get their support. I can imagine the talks going on behind the scenes to get this deal through.

    I’m sure there are some in Congress that are happy to see a German subsidiary absorbed into an American company because of some sort of patriotic bs. Never mind that the subsidiary provides service and rates that are lightyears ahead of the American corp.

  • Anonymous

    As long as lobbying is allowed in this country the rich will forever rule.  We have the best government money can buy.

  • Forevertmoble

    If the mereger does go through wouldnt our contract automaticly be canceled and were free to join a different network?

    • Petey

      no it will not, you’ll just be under AT&T since they bought your contract and you either have these choices.
      1. migrate to AT&T plan
      2. pay ETF to leave.
      3. wait until your contract is done.

      • Anonymous

        Also, everything from your plan would stay intact.

        So if you pay $79.99 for Unlimited Everything (As I do, for example), you would continue until your contract is over, then you could either renew with an AT&T one, or as I assume most people would do, leave.

      • Mopar6464

        No you won’t have to migrate to a AT&T plan.
        The only way you have to migrate to a AT&T plan is if You choose to modify or alter your original T-Mobile plan they assumed.
        If AT&T tries to alter your original plan , ask to be released or arbitrate it .
        Read your agreement.

      • Mopar6464

        No you won’t have to migrate to a AT&T plan.
        The only way you have to migrate to a AT&T plan is if You choose to modify or alter your original T-Mobile plan they assumed.
        If AT&T tries to alter your original plan , ask to be released or arbitrate it .
        Read your agreement.

        • Petey

          I did put the term “choice” right?

          Therefore these are the options thats available cus you’re still under contract with T-Mobile. You do not have a free way out.

        • Mopar6464

          No you did not .
          You are not migrated into AT&T plans , your original T-Mobile plan is bought under legal terms in which AT&T bought from T-Mobile originally.
          AT&T is assuming your T-Mobile plan they bought and the original terms that came with it.

        • Mopar6464

          No you did not .
          You are not migrated into AT&T plans , your original T-Mobile plan is bought under legal terms in which AT&T bought from T-Mobile originally.
          AT&T is assuming your T-Mobile plan they bought and the original terms that came with it.

        • Mopar6464

          Petey you did say the word “Choice” but choice 1 is not correct.

        • Mopar6464

          Petey you did say the word “Choice” but choice 1 is not correct.

        • Mopar6464

          No you did not .
          You are not migrated into AT&T plans , your original T-Mobile plan is bought under legal terms in which AT&T bought from T-Mobile originally.
          AT&T is assuming your T-Mobile plan they bought and the original terms that came with it.

  • Forevertmoble

    If the mereger does go through wouldnt our contract automaticly be canceled and were free to join a different network?

  • I don’t know why you felt the need to call out democrats.  AT&T is well known for giving millions to both parties usually a little more generously to republicans.  AT&T usually gets there way in any statehouse across the land because they have bought their way into both parties.

    • JR

      I would think that they only had the information on the Democrats at the time they wrote this.  But yes, Republicans also have the same donations as well. 

      On another note, regardless of party, I find it despicable that the Democrats would send a letter like that KNOWING that they received contributions from AT&T.  Politicians really are stupid and they never learn.
      The FCC should burn that letter in front of all that signed that letter. 

  • Blake

    This is nothing new. Companies CONSTANTLY support parties who are in favor of possibly making them more money. Do you read the news? Wow. 

  • Blake

    This is nothing new. Companies CONSTANTLY support parties who are in favor of possibly making them more money. Do you read the news? Wow. 

  • Its truly thats thay will have more money from this in future So thts why they support them!

  • Brian98

    The Republicans get just as many ‘donations’ from AT&T.  So the entire government is ‘bought.’

    • flancy

      But despite the fact that they’ve received donations, you don’t see the Republicans largely supporting this move and abandoning their values of the importance of consumer choice and free market capitalism.  The more America looks like a failed European country, the happier the Dems are.

  • Anonymous

    This is old news

  • Honest Abe

    As far I am concerned, this whole country is effed honestly since James Regan from Merrill Lynch took over merging our corporations with the government back in 1981 with the evil Reagan.

    The new world order (not Skull and Bones) has been here sadly enough. America sadly enough is the illusion of choice.

    I guess that Sprint will have my business soon once T-Mobile prepaid (awesome) unlimited is gone.

    • Neoprimal

      Unfortunately, I don’t think Sprint will last as big number 3 for the long run. It is all fine and dandy to have 
      Ver, ATT, Spr and TMo but when ATT and TMo become 1, that’s number 2 and number 4 becoming 1 – Sprint will be in a far number 3. Not only that, but I’ve read that Verizon is on track to becoming number 2 in the next 5 years (as of 2010) and that was BEFORE a merger was announced. I predict they’ll either be gobbled up by Verizon, who wants to stay #1 but may not be able to with an ATT+TMo merger in place….or they themselves will be at some point purchased by ATT which is slowly but surely becoming a GSM monopoly in the US but who will gladly, as Sprint did in terms of Nextel – welcome another cell technology (and all those towers) into their fold if presented an opportunity, and that opportunity will be Sprint not being able to stand up against 1 huge CDMA carrier and 1 huge GSM carrier. So, it’s a vicious cycle that will start and end with 2 major US carriers holding technology monopolies; Verizon will be the CDMA monopoly (can’t really count cricket, metropcs, etc because they aren’t available in every state/area) and ATT will be the GSM monopoly.

      On topic about the contributions. It should be illegal. Because to me, that’s a direct bribe. 

    • Neoprimal

      Unfortunately, I don’t think Sprint will last as big number 3 for the long run. It is all fine and dandy to have 
      Ver, ATT, Spr and TMo but when ATT and TMo become 1, that’s number 2 and number 4 becoming 1 – Sprint will be in a far number 3. Not only that, but I’ve read that Verizon is on track to becoming number 2 in the next 5 years (as of 2010) and that was BEFORE a merger was announced. I predict they’ll either be gobbled up by Verizon, who wants to stay #1 but may not be able to with an ATT+TMo merger in place….or they themselves will be at some point purchased by ATT which is slowly but surely becoming a GSM monopoly in the US but who will gladly, as Sprint did in terms of Nextel – welcome another cell technology (and all those towers) into their fold if presented an opportunity, and that opportunity will be Sprint not being able to stand up against 1 huge CDMA carrier and 1 huge GSM carrier. So, it’s a vicious cycle that will start and end with 2 major US carriers holding technology monopolies; Verizon will be the CDMA monopoly (can’t really count cricket, metropcs, etc because they aren’t available in every state/area) and ATT will be the GSM monopoly.

      On topic about the contributions. It should be illegal. Because to me, that’s a direct bribe. 

  • Coolhikers

    Who cares the big bosses get all the cash, leave employee with crap and their customers. I hope the deal dosn’t go thru.  att  NEEDS tmobile’s  FAST  3+G NETWORK(4G).
    TO help out their lack of service.
    I just signed up for 2 + 2 years with tmo  on my  24.99  UNlimted data and  400 text.
    All the rest can go fish

  • Anonymous

    Please post the names of the politicians who supported this.  We’d be very grateful! 

  • joggy

    Seems logical that democrats would be inline with a socialistic, pro-union, anti-free market, duopolistic kind of move like the ATT/TMO merger.  Not surprised by this at all.

  • xcben

    dan boren, lol he’s from oklahoma, sadly, he’s not exactly “liberal” or a “democrat”. “liberal democrats” in oklahoma are basically light conservative republicans. so his name on the list doesn’t surprise me, don’t get me started on my state senator. 

  • Tony

    No wonder this deal might go thru……………..

  • Every representative in Georgia including my Governor Nathan Deal was paid by At&t for this merger, every single one!

  • That is Republicans and Democrats every active political player period. I thought this country was a free market economy not a highest commercially donated sponsor economy.

  • Seifecheber77

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  • AT&T gave far more money in contributions to Republicans. They are biased toward Republicans.