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. :-)

  • 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.

  • http://twitter.com/CFG9000 CFG9000

    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!

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

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

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

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

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    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*

  • 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.

  • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

    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?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YZYZDJ7XT5VBWZEWZHSQYSOCQU Erick

    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

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ 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

  • http://twitter.com/filbert910 George Gallegos

    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!