(Updated) House Republicans Kick and Scream over DOJ suit, Run to Obama

Update: A Bloomberg report indicates that AT&T has given close to close to $963,000 to lawmakers through donations that are supportive of AT&T’s bid for T-Mobile. All but 1 of the 100 lawmakers attached to this Republican letter have received donations. 

“AT&T’s congressional support for its takeover of T-Mobile comes at a price,” Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a merger opponent, said in an e-mailed statement.

Among the cries of “no,” some are still chanting “yes” to the potential merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.  This time, the House Republicans sent a letter, with 100 representative signatures, to President Barack Obama complaining about the DoJ’s suit against the merger.  Led by Pete Olson, of Texas, the letter simply repeats the benefits that AT&T has beaten into the ground.  In other words, some people actually think AT&T’s original case was effective.

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  • J-Hop2o6

    Just give it up acquisition supporters!

  • Aleale

    Does anyone know when we will get word that the merger will be official or not? I don’t want to have to wait till next year, thinking of buying  a nexus prime after todays iphone news (but wont do it until the merger is settled).

    Since the nexus prime is exclusive for verizon does that even mean tmobile will get it?
    no nexus prime and no iphone = No Bueno

    • Anonymous

      Let’s see what happen with DOJ and AT&T tomorrow 

    • Anonymous

      Let’s see what happen with DOJ and AT&T tomorrow 

    • Anonymous

      Let’s see what happen with DOJ and AT&T tomorrow 

    • Silk7412

      the problem is the longer this go’s not the worse it is for tmobile. Whatever happens wednesday. ATT will keep fighting to get tmobile. If the FCC deny the takeover than it’s almost over

    • Silk7412

      the problem is the longer this go’s not the worse it is for tmobile. Whatever happens wednesday. ATT will keep fighting to get tmobile. If the FCC deny the takeover than it’s almost over

      • Silk7412

        we need a edit button!!!! It should be ” the longer this go’s on the worse it is for Tmobile”. No more coffee for me!!

      • Littlesis1774

        T-mobile only hope is AT&T oh who I am kidding T-mobile has no hope for survival. T-mobile only hope is iphone but since that Cole Brodman said no iphone 5 all hope for survival is over. Android fanboys you have admit that iphone is money grabber. 

        • Silk7412

          Tmobile best hope is to stay away from ATT. And i am giving my all to keep tmo out of att hands. And for those that cry Iphony get real. it’s not coming

    • Frustrated

      It is not a merger, it’s an acquisition, one company buying another company. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/djmaki1 Dustin Maki

    >_> I just lost my ability to care about this crap!

  • Yancy

    I’m sick of the corruption on our country DOJ thank you for standing up for our rights and fighting. We will win!

    • RIckLWright

      Why does this mean there is corruption?

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        Because the source of the motivation for the reps to write the letter is not from personal belief in consumer protection, but in the protection of their bank accounts that att is padding

  • Respawn

    People need to write letters to their state representatives and tell them to stop being idiots. Write it with crayon so it’s easier for them to understand.

  • Respawn

    People need to write letters to their state representatives and tell them to stop being idiots. Write it with crayon so it’s easier for them to understand.

  • Respawn

    People need to write letters to their state representatives and tell them to stop being idiots. Write it with crayon so it’s easier for them to understand.

  • Bruce Banner

    Typical republicans, always looking out for the big and rich or should i say those that can contribute to their campaign funds.

    • RIckLWright

      You can contribute.  Wouldn’t blocking the merger ALSO be pandering to the Big and Rich?  Isn’t SPRINT big and Rich? How much MONEY has Sprint paid the Democrats to block it?

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        are you sure your not supposed to be on a sprint blog?

      • Bruce Banner

        No rick, blocking it would be protecting the consumer not pandering to corporate america. If you want at&t by all means dont wait for a possible takeover please do yourself and me a favor and go already.

      • Bruce Banner

        No rick, blocking it would be protecting the consumer not pandering to corporate america. If you want at&t by all means dont wait for a possible takeover please do yourself and me a favor and go already.

    • RIckLWright

      You can contribute.  Wouldn’t blocking the merger ALSO be pandering to the Big and Rich?  Isn’t SPRINT big and Rich? How much MONEY has Sprint paid the Democrats to block it?

  • Bruce Banner

    Typical republicans, always looking out for the big and rich or should i say those that can contribute to their campaign funds.

  • Bruce Banner

    Typical republicans, always looking out for the big and rich or should i say those that can contribute to their campaign funds.

  • HorseWithNoName

    The thought of having only one GSM carrier in this country should be a clear signal that this merger should not go through and would certainly stifle competition.

  • HorseWithNoName

    The thought of having only one GSM carrier in this country should be a clear signal that this merger should not go through and would certainly stifle competition.

  • Mr_Vault

    Two comments. #1 – When has Congress EVER gotten anything right?  #2 – Petey Boy is from Texas the home state of AT&T. He’s definitely on their payroll. Forget this as more government stupidity.

  • Whlyee77

    They just gave me money wahhhhhh

  • Whlyee77

    They just gave me money wahhhhhh

  • Anonymous

    “In other words, some people actually think AT&T’s original case was effective.” — Or they are being paid enough to pretend they do.

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

    Now I can be disappointed in both democrats AND republicans. YAY! “This is change I can believe in.”

  • JT

    Our government really sucks……they are abunch of self serving a….holes.  They are supposed to be in it for the greater good and represent the people but they continually scratch ther backs of the companies that buy them off.  The people need to revolt!!!!!

    • RIckLWright

      Switch to Sprint.

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        hey mr sprint spokesman. Go clean yourself off…..you have some yellow c*m spots on your face.

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        hey mr sprint spokesman. Go clean yourself off…..you have some yellow c*m spots on your face.

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        hey mr sprint spokesman. Go clean yourself off…..you have some yellow c*m spots on your face.

      • JT

        what does Sprint have to do with our government….I like tmobile…I don’t like our government

      • JT

        what does Sprint have to do with our government….I like tmobile…I don’t like our government

      • Anonymous

        Switch to another site.

      • Anonymous

        Switch to another site.

    • RIckLWright

      Switch to Sprint.

    • Tortionist

      I think George Washington had it right. All government servants should do it for free and not be paid for it. That alone would get rid of a lot of these crooks in DC.

  • JT

    Our government really sucks……they are abunch of self serving a….holes.  They are supposed to be in it for the greater good and represent the people but they continually scratch ther backs of the companies that buy them off.  The people need to revolt!!!!!

  • JT

    Our government really sucks……they are abunch of self serving a….holes.  They are supposed to be in it for the greater good and represent the people but they continually scratch ther backs of the companies that buy them off.  The people need to revolt!!!!!

  • Alex wardlaw

    WAAAAAAAAHHHH…… now the GOP want some more $$ in their pockets… this should send a signal to the AMERICAN people what a bunch of idiots we have in washington… Lobbiest need to be shot on site… special interest groups done away with and any politician that thinks this deal is good for America should be tarred and feathered…

    • RIckLWright

      So do you belong to a Union?  What industry do you work in?  Are you a Senior Citizen?  How is allowing this deal going to put money in the GOPs pocket?

      • Anonymous

        Are you kidding me? The same way ALL these pro-business/anti-consumer deals put money in their pockets! Pay offs, “campaign contributions, gifts, trips rides on private jets…Do you need more?  What do unions have to do with this at all or being a senior citizen and how does where a person works change the fact that competition would be killed if this BUYOUT, not merger, was allowed to take place.

      • Anonymous

        Are you kidding me? The same way ALL these pro-business/anti-consumer deals put money in their pockets! Pay offs, “campaign contributions, gifts, trips rides on private jets…Do you need more?  What do unions have to do with this at all or being a senior citizen and how does where a person works change the fact that competition would be killed if this BUYOUT, not merger, was allowed to take place.

      • Anonymous

        Are you kidding me? The same way ALL these pro-business/anti-consumer deals put money in their pockets! Pay offs, “campaign contributions, gifts, trips rides on private jets…Do you need more?  What do unions have to do with this at all or being a senior citizen and how does where a person works change the fact that competition would be killed if this BUYOUT, not merger, was allowed to take place.

    • RIckLWright

      So do you belong to a Union?  What industry do you work in?  Are you a Senior Citizen?  How is allowing this deal going to put money in the GOPs pocket?

    • Tortionist

      I can dig that bro.

  • Alex wardlaw

    WAAAAAAAAHHHH…… now the GOP want some more $$ in their pockets… this should send a signal to the AMERICAN people what a bunch of idiots we have in washington… Lobbiest need to be shot on site… special interest groups done away with and any politician that thinks this deal is good for America should be tarred and feathered…

  • Quirt

    Fucking Republicans. Always siding with Big Business while stomping on the middle class. (but publicly claiming to be on their side) 

    • RIckLWright

      So you don’t support big bussiness?  Who is your cell phone carrier?  Does your brother-in-law on his own cell tower? Maybe the Republicans want to let business have the frefom to merger if that is what they want?  Who freaking business is it of government, anyway.  Don’t like it, go with Sprint.

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        you really dont know much about government do you?

      • Anonymous

        Dude, you’re an idiot!!! Stop showing it publicly and keep it to yourself! It is the fact that big business is RUNNING our government and decisions that affect US are being made on the basis of what best serves the interest of business NOT the people. Get a clue and maybe don’t vote in the next election!

      • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

        we don’t support big companies that are currupt, which the majority of the republicans tend to do.

      • Anonymous

        Reagan deregulated big business and bush allowed the mergers of banks into only a handful and look at what happened.  Big business is terrible, both for the company and the people that depend on their services.  The only people that benefit are the board members and the higher up suits.  Look at what happened to our banks, everyone was royally screwed over.  Is that what you want to have happen to cell phone companies?  The smaller the better.

    • RIckLWright

      So you don’t support big bussiness?  Who is your cell phone carrier?  Does your brother-in-law on his own cell tower? Maybe the Republicans want to let business have the frefom to merger if that is what they want?  Who freaking business is it of government, anyway.  Don’t like it, go with Sprint.

    • RIckLWright

      So you don’t support big bussiness?  Who is your cell phone carrier?  Does your brother-in-law on his own cell tower? Maybe the Republicans want to let business have the frefom to merger if that is what they want?  Who freaking business is it of government, anyway.  Don’t like it, go with Sprint.

    • Tortionist

      It’s all of congress, president and cabinet included. I hate Republicans and Democrats alike. I just wish we had some honest people in there.

      • Drew

        Exactly!! You’re kidding yourself if you think it’s one party or the other. It’s both!! And they’re both being run by much, much bigger pockets…

        • Tortionist

          I can even go as far as saying the supreme Court is completely tainted as well.

  • Quirt

    Fucking Republicans. Always siding with Big Business while stomping on the middle class. (but publicly claiming to be on their side) 

  • Quirt

    Fucking Republicans. Always siding with Big Business while stomping on the middle class. (but publicly claiming to be on their side) 

  • Anonymous

    It WILL happen, count on it.  

    • Lkjhgfdsa

      ok, ill check back with you afterwards so as to thank you for your foresight, cause now I dont have to spend time focusing on it since you know the outcome. 

  • Anonymous

    It WILL happen, count on it.  

  • Anonymous

    It WILL happen, count on it.  

  • My2Cents

    Wow finally they had someone lead the letter that doesn’t have AT&T as one of their main contributors.  However being from Texas doesn’t help, due to AT&T’s world headquarters being situated in Dallas.  The real question is, can the president dictate what the DOJ does?  Chime in if you know…

  • My2Cents

    Wow finally they had someone lead the letter that doesn’t have AT&T as one of their main contributors.  However being from Texas doesn’t help, due to AT&T’s world headquarters being situated in Dallas.  The real question is, can the president dictate what the DOJ does?  Chime in if you know…

  • Fatboyslim

    What’s funny to me is that the GOP have done everything
    but spit in the face of Obama and now you want to run to him like a bunch of spoiled
    BRATS and ask for his help. Sense the day he way sworn in you has treated him
    like the help from the plantations.

  • Fatboyslim

    What’s funny to me is that the GOP have done everything
    but spit in the face of Obama and now you want to run to him like a bunch of spoiled
    BRATS and ask for his help. Sense the day he way sworn in you has treated him
    like the help from the plantations.

  • TMoFan

    100? There is a real problem when government and corporate money merge into one. We get this, people in congress who are suppose to be representing our interests siding with big money. at&t is starting up another ad blitz in DC ahead of the hearings because everything else they do is failing. They were arrogant to begin with, thinking that this will be swept through. Now they just want to throw more money out there to anyone who will parrot the lame talking points. It will be very satisfying when at&t is finally slayed and DT sells out to another company.

    • Keawai

      Led by a Representative from Texas…the heartland of AT&T no less…

      • WWWYKI!

        Yeah, their headquarters is in that cesspool town, Dallas

        • Anonymous

          No offense, but leave my state out of this TYVM.

        • T-MO Fighter

          Well technically AT&T wireless is based in the ATL…

    • Keawai

      Led by a Representative from Texas…the heartland of AT&T no less…

  • TMoFan

    100? There is a real problem when government and corporate money merge into one. We get this, people in congress who are suppose to be representing our interests siding with big money. at&t is starting up another ad blitz in DC ahead of the hearings because everything else they do is failing. They were arrogant to begin with, thinking that this will be swept through. Now they just want to throw more money out there to anyone who will parrot the lame talking points. It will be very satisfying when at&t is finally slayed and DT sells out to another company.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    So Cellular South just filed suit too, in fed court (Dist. of Columbia) alleging the deal violates anti-trust laws.

    Bottom line, there’s a LOT of opposition to this, so much so my crystal ball says the deal is dead.

    • Tortionist

      I seriously hope that you’re right. 

    • Tortionist

      I seriously hope that you’re right. 

  • Irisgongar

    I will quit my contract if ATT buy Tmobile.  I was a suncom client and ATT make a lot of changes in the contract.  I don’t want the merge.  Tmobile have a great service and signal.  The best in 4G in Puerto Rico is Tmobile.  and ATT only want the network.

  • Irisgongar

    I will quit my contract if ATT buy Tmobile.  I was a suncom client and ATT make a lot of changes in the contract.  I don’t want the merge.  Tmobile have a great service and signal.  The best in 4G in Puerto Rico is Tmobile.  and ATT only want the network.

  • Drwillcg

    That’s a bold group of money hungry souls, that will sell there soul for a political purposes. It is obvious that they have been bought out and have no interest in real government for the people. Those folk have lied there way into office and are kissing up to big business to fund their office for their personal gain. We need to find someone who really have the American public in mind.

  • Drwillcg

    That’s a bold group of money hungry souls, that will sell there soul for a political purposes. It is obvious that they have been bought out and have no interest in real government for the people. Those folk have lied there way into office and are kissing up to big business to fund their office for their personal gain. We need to find someone who really have the American public in mind.

    • Drew

      Exactly… What do a bunch of Congressman know or care about whether a wireless company merges or not?? And to drum up support via signatures led by some clown from Texas is just pathetically obvious. I’m sure they were given some and promised a whole lot more if the deal passes…

  • Chillin

    Oh Snap!

  • Chillin

    Oh Snap!

  • John Doe

    Allowing this buyout to go through is without a question going to drastically affect the wallet of consumers.   Not only are jobs going to be lost for T-Mobile employees but there will only be 2 major US Cellular companies, Verizon and AT&T.  These 2 carriers will control 80% of the market leaving very little room for competition.   Smaller companies like Sprint, Metro etc… will have no chance to offer a comparable product or service which will allow the 2 giants to monopolize their prices. The people that are backing this buyout are either A. benefiting from a large severance package or B. financially gaining from AT&Ts checkbook, if not now then later.  If this buyout goes through it will just prove yet again that faith in our government will slowly continue to diminish.

    • Thatguy

      You are correct john doe. If our President circumvents the Law and does not allow DOJ to do the right thing then I will loose all faith in government.
        DT wants to sell T-Mobile. If ATT is unable to buy then the next highest bidder will be consulted.  Sprints net worth is far less then T-Mobile. They dont have the capital to buy T-Mobile. Google has expressed an interest in buying T Mobile. Might be better for Google to own then ATT, fewer Anti trust issues. 

      • MakesSense

        There are a lot more pressing issues for our country to deal with then preserving your old $5.99 data plan. 

        Companies merge and hire/fire every year.  

        I say let the Republicans have their way with ATT and in turn the Republicans can pass Obama’s Jobs Bill in Congress which will benefit many more Americans than this whole AT&T buyout might hurt.  

        • Jays_on

          The only thing Obama’s “jobs” bill has to do with jobs is that it has “jobs” in the title.

      • Littlesis1774

        I think Google left building a while ago. I think T-Mobile dropped to much in value in order for Google to think about buying it. If Sprint does do well with the iphone 5 then maybe they will buy but google no

        • Frank

          Yeah, Google has said they have no interest in acquiring T-Mobile. They may have at one time, but that ship has long since sailed.

  • jon

    The ONE thing Dems and Rep CAN agree on…$$$$$ is worth throwing the American people under the bus. Politicians make me sick.

  • Charles Berry

    Gotta love that 162 million to our wonderful politicians that At&t spent last year on campaign funds.  That kind of money will buy any of our politicians.  They were only behind GE, the Chamber of Commerce and one other…  Damn I am glad my politicians actually have our interests in mind!

  • Charles Berry

    Gotta love that 162 million to our wonderful politicians that At&t spent last year on campaign funds.  That kind of money will buy any of our politicians.  They were only behind GE, the Chamber of Commerce and one other…  Damn I am glad my politicians actually have our interests in mind!

  • FairandBalanced

    Well Obama can just tell the Obstructionists to pass his jobs bill through the Republican Congress and he’ll get the DOJ off AT&T’s back.  Seems like a fair trade to me. 

  • FairandBalanced

    Well Obama can just tell the Obstructionists to pass his jobs bill through the Republican Congress and he’ll get the DOJ off AT&T’s back.  Seems like a fair trade to me. 

  • Littlesis1774

    Did the GOP miss out on Obama said? Obama did say that he will block any GOP deal or anything that will be on his desk. Obama will block this like it no tomorrow and T-mobile is screwed

    • YesNOyes

      He used the term VETO and was speaking about any deals that further tax the middle class.

      The DOJ will have to prove that the new AT&T proposal doesn’t violate anti-trust laws and loses jobs instead of creating the 96k AT&T claims.  

      If AT&T can prove otherwise then the DOJ will settle.  But even if this deal passes it will be scrutinized to the core and AT&T will be on the hotseat if these thousands of 3rd party networking jobs aren’t created.  

      This week ought to be interesting.  By weeks end I expect to find out whether or not AT&T will settle with the DOJ or if they will be forced to go to trial.  

      • Littlesis1774

        If this does go though then DOJ is have to serious mandate conditions on AT&T part like not rise prices on the consumers

  • Anonymous

    Good old Pete Olson is one sorry SOB. Those House Republican have sold their self respect, no one gives a shit what the American Consumer wants, it is all about how much dirty money they can line their pockets with. If this slides thru after all the opposition that has stepped up and proved their point that this is strictly a deal to takeover the Network and squeeze out all small time Carriers. If AT&T is allowed to go forward then you can bet your house that they will force all small carriers out of business. This must not be allowed to go forward. No matter what kind of bull shit they sling.

  • Jays_on

    I know most (if not all) politicians are corrupt, But in the Reps defense,
    their general policy is try letting the free (for now) market decide.
    Which is one of the things that has made our country great. Contrary to
    what most libs believe it is not government that makes our country
    great.

    I know I know, you will say “thats what got us in this mess.” Not true,
    thank Barney Frank for forcing  banks to lend high risk loans. Thank
    Obama for spending trillions on…. who knows what. And don’t give me
    the old “it’s Bush’s fault”. Ok, I know you’re going to anyway. How pathetic.

    • trife

      Just like someone can’t blame Bush, YOU can’t pin this on Obama.  Can you not see the hypocrisy in what you preach contrasted with your actions?  

      The truth is that no President ever starts his term with a fresh, clean slate of America of which to work with.  The sooner people realize this, the sooner we can all move past this ridiculous party loyalty nonsense.  Bush’s shortcomings and mistakes have had an effect on Barack’s presidency, just as the current President’s mistakes will impact whoever comes after him.  See how that works?

      The mess we’re in isn’t any one single man’s fault.  Nor is it the fault of any one party.  America has been going down the tubes for awhile now and to be honest, it wouldn’t have mattered who was elected in 2008–we’ve been on the down swing for awhile now.  

      But hey, if it makes you feel better to pass the blame onto someone else, by all means, keep blaming Democrats for all of America’s woes.  Keep supporting politicians whose only agenda is making sure that Barack Obama doesn’t get elected again and NOT trying SOMETHING to make things better for the majority of Americans while he’s still in office.  We’ll just wait until 2012 to try to fix our issues b/c by golly, we just can’t see an uptick in our economy while Obama is President–all that would do is make him look good and possibly help him get re-elected, right?