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AT&T T-Mobile Merger: Perry & Democrats Support it, Received Money
International Business Times ^ | September 16, 2011 | Joe Romaine

Posted on 09/18/2011 7:03:25 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Here is one more thing Rick Perry and some Democrats have in common: staunchly supporting AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile.

Yet another thing they have in common? Receiving generous contributions from AT&T in recent years.

On Thursday, North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler joined 15 other House Democrats to write a pro-AT&T T-Mobile merger letter to President Obama. The letter rehashed AT&T's PR spin about how the deal would create jobs and bring more high-speed wireless coverage to America.

Save the Internet pointed out that these Democratic politicians have collectively received $570,000 in campaign contributions from AT&T.

"Either these members of Congress actually believe in the fantasies AT&T cooks up, or they are so worried that AT&T will turn off its spigot of campaign contributions that they'll sign anything the telecom puts in front of them," wrote the coalition.

GOP 2012 hopeful Rick Perry, meanwhile, wrote a pro-AT&T T-Mobile merger letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in his official capacity as the Texas Governor in May. Perry touted Texas' record of job creation and also parroted AT&T's PR spin of creating more jobs in the letter.

The National Journal, however, highlighted that Perry received over $500,000 from AT&T's political action committee over the last decade.

"This is just one more example of Rick Perry's pay-to-play network that represents the same old type of lobbyist-first politics," Ty Matsdorf, spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic opposition research organization, told National Journal.

Any way you slice it, the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile is a bad deal for America.

The merger will not bring high-speed coverage to America faster; competition will.

The merger will not guarantee more jobs; common sense and historic examples tell us that mergers usually kill jobs.

Does AT&T promise more jobs in the long-term? So did Vice President Joe Biden with Solyndra.

The merger, moreover, will stifle innovation and raise prices for American consumers in the long-term, even if AT&T temporarily promises to keep T-Mobile's cheap subscription rates.

Shrinking an already concentrated industry from four major players to three - while catapulting one of them to hold a meaningful size advantage over the others - is bad for America and bad for capitalism.

Any basic economics class will tell you that.

It's called being anti-competitive; it's why the Department of Justice broke up Ma Bell in the first place in the 1980s.

"The facts don't support this merger, and AT&T knows it. So it's turning to old tricks like getting its paid-for cronies to sign a nonsensical letter of support. Repeating lies ad nauseam is standard stuff for AT&T, but we should expect more from our elected officials," wrote Save the Internet.


TOPICS: Texas; Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: cronycapitalism; democrats; economy; perry
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1 posted on 09/18/2011 7:03:31 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t ATT headquartered in TX somewhere? It would make sense that he is beneficiary of their political dollars, no?


2 posted on 09/18/2011 7:06:15 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As I understand it, Bamboozle's Union thug friends at Verizon are behing the efforts to block the merger.

I say let 'em merge.

3 posted on 09/18/2011 7:08:37 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Dallas.


4 posted on 09/18/2011 7:09:43 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

San Antonio.

AT&T and Verizon both were planning rate hikes after the merger.


5 posted on 09/18/2011 7:11:37 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It just seems like yesterday when a Federal Judge ordered the Breakup of AT & T. How time flies.


7 posted on 09/18/2011 7:12:14 AM PDT by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How is it that Democrats support the merger? Obama admin stopped it.

The writer obviously has a preconceived thesis and is trying to retrofit.


8 posted on 09/18/2011 7:12:48 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
All I need to know is that the Union goons (Or Goonions as Rush Limbaugh calls them) are opposed to this merger.

And if there's one thing Gooniuns don't give a flying fig about, it's competition.

I say let 'em merge.

9 posted on 09/18/2011 7:13:58 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oops. I forgot to mention the Goonions behind this merger are the ones that represent Verizon.

Carry on.

10 posted on 09/18/2011 7:14:52 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dammit. I meant the Goonions who are behind the effort to block the merger are the ones who represent Verizon.

When is the coffee going to kick in?

11 posted on 09/18/2011 7:16:26 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is there some reason to not support it?

I’m an AT&T stock holder, and I support it.


12 posted on 09/18/2011 7:16:53 AM PDT by chris37 (representative)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The writer complains about AT&T's and Perry's "spin" on the merger, but the writer's attempt to put the most sinister spin possible on every point led me to imagine him playing ominous music at every turn.

Does AT&T promise more jobs in the long-term? So did Vice President Joe Biden with Solyndra.

Useless argument, as far as logic goes. The rejoinder has the effect of undermining ANY promise of jobs by ANYBODY, ANYWHERE: "Does ______ promise more jobs in the long-term? So did Vice President Joe Biden with Solyndra." [cue ominous music]

I really do want to know about Perry's dirty laundry if it's there, but I'd rather read about it in an article that's a little higher on the intellect scale.

13 posted on 09/18/2011 7:18:27 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Palin or Perry, whoever is ahead in the delegate count on primary day)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Yes, its HQ is in Dallas. And T-Mobile has an operation in Frisco, just north of Dallas, which will probably fall apart if T-Mobile doesnt merge. T-Mobile is HQ in Seattle, and they are not doing so hot right now. So if the AT&T merger happens, some of the Frisco office employees will be able to transfer over to the Dallas AT&T office.


14 posted on 09/18/2011 7:18:46 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Seems a good time to note that both companies outsource significant numbers of jobs overseas, mostly India in the past but its now others.

I have a friend in India who pays $1/month for 250 mins on his cell phone. Sorry I don’t have a link to prove this as my friend won’t give me his login.


15 posted on 09/18/2011 7:19:09 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just throwing crap at the wall to see if any of it sticks. Not surprising for a Saint Sarah supporter.


16 posted on 09/18/2011 7:20:08 AM PDT by Doofer ("If debt is the problem, how is more debt the solution"?)
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To: Texas Eagle; All

Yes the 0bama-Holder DoJ is opposing the merger.


17 posted on 09/18/2011 7:20:43 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wow you really DO have a crush on Bachmann.


18 posted on 09/18/2011 7:22:12 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: radioone

In 10 years, when there are only two US communications companies, the government will break them up again. To me, the merger is about two things. T-Mobile is looking for a good way to divest itself, and now it has one. And AT&T wants T-Mobile’s infrastructure.


19 posted on 09/18/2011 7:22:29 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Texas Eagle

Unions don’t really care because they win either way.


20 posted on 09/18/2011 7:23:55 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Doofer
I didn't get the memo that FreeRepublic had become The Perrywinkle Gazette. Send me a copy when you get a chance...
21 posted on 09/18/2011 7:24:53 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: Perdogg
Yes the 0bama-Holder DoJ is opposing the merger.

Once again doing the bidding of Big Union.

Just like in South Carolina. Blocking Boeing from builiding a plant there because SC is a right-to-work State.

22 posted on 09/18/2011 7:24:58 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: chris37
Is there some reason to not support it?

Yes of course, Perry is in favor of it. Therefore if you agree with Perry on anything, you are an open-border RINO who wish to make 12 year old girls state mandated sluts who happen to be retarded. /sarc
23 posted on 09/18/2011 7:24:58 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
This will be a bad move for AT&T. Their business model is entirely different from T-Mobile, which will result in a nightmare for the T-Mobile side. The only chance this has of being a success for AT&T is if they allow T-Mobile to remain intact. But AT&T's history shows that this will not be the case. AT&T has given no credence to culture in the past. They go after assets while totally ignoring human capital.

Having said that, I believe our government should have no role in preventing this. It is a sad state of affairs when private companies must bribe politicians in order to conduct mergers. The SouthWest Bell gang is running the show, and they are definitely in Rick Perry's camp.

24 posted on 09/18/2011 7:25:36 AM PDT by Hoodat (God bless the Commonwealth)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Plus, on the job thing, AT&T is already a successful company. They know how to create jobs.


25 posted on 09/18/2011 7:25:48 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: driftdiver
Unions are not fans of competition.

Just as the Longshoreman in Longview, WA.

They went and busted up a port just because there was word that another Union was going to come in an set up shop.

Verizon is a Union shop.

I don't know if AT&T or T-Mobile are Goonionized. If they are, we're screwed either way.

26 posted on 09/18/2011 7:29:03 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I didn't get the memo that FreeRepublic had become The Perrywinkle Gazette. Send me a copy when you get a chance...

Feel better now?

27 posted on 09/18/2011 7:29:30 AM PDT by Doofer ("If debt is the problem, how is more debt the solution"?)
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To: Perdogg
Yes the 0bama-Holder DoJ is opposing the merger.

not me.....I have ATT now but get lousy signal at home...while when I had T-mobile I got great signal at home...

28 posted on 09/18/2011 7:30:08 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Obama Administration is against the merger, therefore, I am for it! end of argument!


29 posted on 09/18/2011 7:31:27 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Texas Eagle

Parts of AT&T are definitely union.


30 posted on 09/18/2011 7:32:01 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
Dammnit. I hate it when a good conspiracy theory comes crashing down around me.

Where's my broom?

31 posted on 09/18/2011 7:34:19 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, well, Perry would still make a better President than the one we have now, Joe Romaine. You cabbage-head.


32 posted on 09/18/2011 7:36:51 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: driftdiver

For the record, AT&T is HQ in Dallas, and T-Mobile has their wireless engineer shop in Frisco. Additionally, T-Mobile has a call center in Frisco. All three of those offices employ Americans.

Also, T-Mobile is a German company named Deutsche Telekom with the T-Mobile US HQ in Bellevue, Wa. So, if there are T-Mobile jobs in India, you will need to take it up with the German parent company.

And what does your friend’s cell phone rate have to do with outsourcing jobs?


33 posted on 09/18/2011 7:36:51 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Raider Sam

He who controls the infrastructure controls the present. AT&T lost it in the early 80’s. They have been working on getting it back ever since.


34 posted on 09/18/2011 7:37:53 AM PDT by Hoodat (God bless the Commonwealth)
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To: Perdogg

LOLOL! :D

There does seem to be a good deal of anti-Perry sentiment around here, which I can’t understand TBH.

I am perfectly happy to support Perry or Palin at this time, although the latter doesn’t appear to be prepping for a run as far as I can tell.

One thing I am not willing to do is base my 2012 vote, which is a pretty important vote, on women’s health issues. I think we have significantly greater things to concern ourselves with at this time.


35 posted on 09/18/2011 7:39:50 AM PDT by chris37 (representative)
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To: Texas Eagle

AT&T is union. T-Mobile is not. AT&T would definitely be interested in getting more non-union employees within its ranks.


36 posted on 09/18/2011 7:40:29 AM PDT by Hoodat (God bless the Commonwealth)
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To: Texas Eagle

AT&T is, but T-Mobile is not, or at least they werent. They may have changed recently. I know our government sued their parent company in Germany because they are union there, but not here.


37 posted on 09/18/2011 7:40:29 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Hoodat

Exactly, and that is the only reason for the merger.


38 posted on 09/18/2011 7:42:38 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Hoodat; Raider Sam; driftdiver; 2ndDivisionVet
Then this whole thing is one big circus.

One thing that doesn't change is that Unions don't give a damn about competition except to crush it.

So something else is going on.

Regardless, Perry would make a far better President than Urkel.

39 posted on 09/18/2011 7:46:15 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Raider Sam

Sure all 3 companies employee Americans. I never said they didn’t. I said they have shipped significant numbers of jobs overseas. All while increasing costs to American consumers.

So they’ve lowered their costs, increased their prices, and people like you defend them.

What does my friends cell phone have to do with it? It demonstrates the lie about costs of infrastructure and operating costs. These companies are raping the golden goose as they choke it to death.


40 posted on 09/18/2011 7:46:32 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Urkle would make a better president than Obama. Thats not saying much.


41 posted on 09/18/2011 7:47:37 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
AT&T T-Mobile Merger: Perry & Democrats Support it, Received Money

I support the merger too ... and I'm not Perry or a Democrat and didn't receive any money from any of them.

Due to the amount of money large corporations donate to political parties/candidates, I wonder how many decisions/votes are made by politicians where 'winner' companies did NOT have money in the game.

42 posted on 09/18/2011 7:48:09 AM PDT by DesertSapper (God, Family, Country . . . . . . . . . . and dead terrorists!!!)
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To: driftdiver

Urkel’s beanie would make a better President than Obama.


43 posted on 09/18/2011 7:51:27 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

In a battle between the unions and the crony capitalists, we lose either way.

When you say the unions don’t care about competition, you mean competition played by the rules.

Crony capitalists have exactly the same problem.


44 posted on 09/18/2011 7:51:41 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale." It's true. Watch The Undefeated.)
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To: driftdiver

You didnt prove anything about shipping jobs to India. You just said your friend there has a good plan.

And T-Mobile is not an American company in the first place.


45 posted on 09/18/2011 7:53:33 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: reasonisfaith

Anyone remember Worldcom/MCI and so forth?


46 posted on 09/18/2011 7:53:47 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Raider Sam

Ahhh so they don’t offshore jobs, cool. pfft

These are all global companies and their profit margins care more for that, then for America.


47 posted on 09/18/2011 7:59:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Three posts of accusations with no proof.

And of course T-Mobile is global, it is a German company. You could probably say that they are outsourcing their jobs here, those darn globalists.


48 posted on 09/18/2011 8:12:13 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This leftist rag was removed from the Delta frequent fl-yer lounge due to its a bard left Bristish propaganda rag.

This a very hard left socialist rag ?
Your anti- capitalism and a left too?

I think you need to move to the DU / Daily Koz websites if your peddling this crap .

Your hatred of Perry is oddly extreme and in fact you never criticize the Marxist in the WH ???

Is Perry your enemy and Barry off limits ?

I still can not believe someone posted left wing propaganda from this British rag !
Perry had not

49 posted on 09/18/2011 8:14:49 AM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AT&T has been giving a majority of their contributions to Republicans since 1996 :
http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/totals.php?cycle=2012&id=D000000076

The FCC and Holder’s Just-Us Department are blocking the merger, probably at the request of Obama.

Wow ! What a huge scandal that a $170 Billion dollar publicly traded company that is headquartered in Texas and donates mostly to Republicans - actually donated to the Republican Governor of Texas. /s


50 posted on 09/18/2011 8:15:30 AM PDT by PMAS
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