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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/addisonattorney Bruce Belenky

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/addisonattorney Bruce Belenky

    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 …..

      • http://twitter.com/addisonattorney Bruce Belenky

        Yes.

    • 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??

      • http://twitter.com/addisonattorney Bruce Belenky

        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.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Middlebrooks/1827527028 David Middlebrooks

           “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.

    • 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.

      • http://twitter.com/addisonattorney Bruce Belenky

        “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.”

      • http://twitter.com/addisonattorney Bruce Belenky

        (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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/Vision77 Vision77

    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.

    • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

      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.

    • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

      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.

    • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

      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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SV4ULKDQAPIY7VPEPU3LHHV4OM Mr Tibbs

    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!

      • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

        Lmfaooooooooooooo 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SV4ULKDQAPIY7VPEPU3LHHV4OM Mr Tibbs

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

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SV4ULKDQAPIY7VPEPU3LHHV4OM Mr Tibbs

        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.

    • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

      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.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    & 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.

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        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.

        • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          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.

      • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

        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.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    Hello Virgin Mobile, Hello Motorola Triumph.

    • None

      I saw that… I like!

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

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

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        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?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Middlebrooks/1827527028 David Middlebrooks

      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.

  • 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.