Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Fistful of Dollars

To the tune of $40,000,000.

Public Knowledge Releases Details of AT&T Lobbying, Media Campaigns. (Public Knowledge, 11/30/2011)

Excerpt:   AT&T has hired three former U.S. senators, four former members of the House and dozens of staff members of current and former legislators of both parties to push its $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile, according to a review of lobbying records by Public Knowledge.

In addition, PK also released information showing AT&T has spent $40 million in advertising to push the merger between May and October. Of that total, about $14 million was spent in June alone. The bulk of the spending was for TV ads, much of that concentrated in Washington and New York.  
[Madison''s print media received $54,900.]

The roster of the AT&T All-Star Lobbying Team. (1st of 4 pages.)

More red and blue (fistfuls) as you continue.

A spreadsheet of the advertising data is here.

"We're getting the short end of the stick," legislators howl.

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