AT&T Lobbying up 30% in merger year

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th 2011 at 2:49 p.m.

Bloomberg is reporting that AT&T’s lobbying expenditures have increased 30% over 2010 as it attempts to curry favor in Washington for its intended purchase of T-Mobile.

Highlights included $1000 a person dinners and PAC donations to leading Senators, Congressmen, and families of FCC members.

Unfortunately for AT&T the spending spree hasn’t resulted in smooth sailing for its bid, but it may turn out that the DOJ’s move is ceremonial and will be followed by approval by the FCC.

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