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AT&T Bought Merger Support From Leftists

From a surprisingly skeptical the Politico:

AT&T gave cash to merger backers

By ELIZA KRIGMAN | 6/10/11

AT&T is lining up support for its acquisition of T-Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals — except that they’ve received big piles of AT&T’s cash.

In recent weeks, the NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Education Association have each issued public statements in support of the deal.

It’s funny, these same groups and others like them also came out in support of Mr. Obama’s healthcare out of the blue. Of course they probably never got any money for that.

The groups all say their public positions have nothing to do with the money they received from AT&T. And AT&T says it supports nonprofit groups because it’s the right thing to do — and not because of any quid pro quo

Of course not. Still, we are a bit surprised that these high minded groups would take money from such an evil corporation. And not only that, but an evil corporation that happily gave phone records to the evil NSA.

But not everyone’s buying it.

“The money that nonprofits receive from their corporate sponsors sticks not only in their bank accounts but in their minds,” Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency, told POLITICO. “This is what I think of as deep lobbying — there is an expectation that when push comes to shove, these groups will come out in favor of their benefactors.”

The NAACP was one of the first groups to announce public support of the T-Mobile acquisition. It received a $1 million contribution from AT&T in 2009 and has received funding in the six figures dating to 2006, according to the group’s annual reports

GLAAD — which has received $50,000 from AT&T — recently backed the deal as well, saying it had “the understanding that the merger will increase functionality and speed, thus growing engagement and improving the effectiveness of the online advocacy work that is advancing equality for all,” a GLAAD spokesman said

Oh, our sides. Can’t breath. Yes, GLAAD is obsessed with faster internet speeds. And AT&T are famous for that, too.

The Columbia Urban League received a $25,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation in 2009 to provide “underserved populations with resources to help their children achieve academic success,” according to the foundation’s IRS Form 990.

On May 27, the group’s president and CEO, James McLawhorn, wrote to urge the FCC to approve AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile.

“In our work, we are often witness to the obstacles minority Americans face when trying to access mobile broadband and its associated benefits. This deal would help extricate the barriers keeping our members from attaining these benefits, working towards the end of the digital divide,” he wrote.

Surely that is just a coincidence. Clearly if AT&T and T-Mobile are not allow to merge, inner city minorities would be the most affected.

The foundation of the National Education Association — the nation’s largest teachers union — received a $75,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation last year, the foundation’s IRS filing shows. On Tuesday, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel issued a statement in support of the telecom merger. “Students who do not have access to high-speed Internet are disadvantaged in preparing for the 21st century workforce,” he said. “This merger will have positive and long-lasting effects, and America’s students will be among the biggest winners.”

Besides, this is a great civics lesson for the students. It’s no use them going through life all starry eyed about clean government.

AT&T is working hard to win approval of the deal from the FCC and the Department of Justice. It’s not supposed to be a political process, but with Democrats — inherently skeptical of big corporate mergers — in control of both agencies, the company isn’t taking any chances…

In other words, AT&T is worried that even its untold sums to the Democrat Party might not have been enough.

“AT&T can afford to do everything that money can help with to advance your cause,” Nick Nyhart, president of Public Campaign, told POLITICO. “The problem is there is no comparable force to AT&T lobbying on behalf of consumer interest.” …

Welcome to Washington, DC, Mr. Nyhart.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AT&T Bought Merger Support From Leftists”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    … and this concludes the lesson, friends.

    As we’ve long suspected America’s biggest businesses are crewed by evil swine of such magnitude that it would leave Torquemada breathless. As Conservatives our knee jerk reaction has been to defend business against the assaults of re-distributionists. But we must reconsider our jerking knees when Big Business seeks the blessing, the sanctification and the assistance of Morally Deviant Tribes intent upon spreading the contagion of their filth as the New Normal,

    In a properly organized society we would have all these people put to sleep.

    Or, let Tracy Morgan have a few words with them. (heh)

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Payola to fringe / kooks for their support that has absolutely nothing to do with them as a whole?
    Buying off the sick and twisted morally corrupt………Devil be pleased!

  3. TerryAnne says:

    And AT&T says it supports nonprofit groups because it’s the right thing to do — and not because of any quid pro quo…

    And I’m sure that tax write-offs have nothing to do with it. Same as the Hollywood people and their “love” of charities (see: Oprah).

  4. Papa Louie says:

    Conservatives need to wake up to the fact that the left is in bed with big business. Sure, they demonize big business in public, but in private it’s another matter. In the past the left has been very subtle in their hints to business to play ball or be destroyed. But in recent regulations and legislation they are very clear. No business of any size can fail to recognize that they must support leftist causes if they wish to get an Obamacare waiver, avoid costly environmental lawsuits, obtain necessary building/drilling permits, or avoid costly IRS scrutiny. There is nothing leftists will not do to hold on to their power, even if it means perverting our laws, corrupting our constitution, and ultimately destroying the country.

    Why would the left consider “killing the goose that lays the golden egg”, you might ask? Because in every country, even in the poorest communist countries where everyone is supposed to be equal, there are privileged elites. And every leftist considers himself a member of the privileged elite. They couldn’t care less what happens to the rest of us. In fact, they hope a few billion of us starve to death for the benefit of the environment. That leaves a pristine earth for the remaining elite to enjoy. That’s why they don’t care if they destroy the American Dream as long as they are in charge.

  5. GetBackJack says:


    A political-economic system in which most power is held by large corporations, the power that coporations weild = power over the government with government as their allies, often mistakenly called capitalism. This is the current governing system of most of the world.

  6. canary says:

    At&t isn’t just going up on their rates to donate money to poor people, but to gay people and liberals.

    I’d rather At&t hire English speaking gay people and liberals than the money they are losing to employees who are so foreign their poor English makes their money go down the drain.

    They can increase technology with their equipment, but as far as communicating with a person is a waste of their and customers time.

    No group or country can survive when people can’t understand what each other are saying.

    I’m having my son do more tech calling, and tasks to learn how to survive in this country. I gave the Spanish woman I kept asking to repeat herself to my son. He said she was very rude to him.
    Then I get a middle-eastern man the other day who just sat there. Couldn’t answer one question. Simple questions. I started asking for a supervisor. He said he working on it. Then he starts babbling in his native language, and either he is working with a lot of native middle-easterners, cussing me out, but I guessed maybe his supervisor was middle-eastern, but instead I get an Asian accented supervisor.
    When we get an American they not only speak better, but can solve the problems.
    I got an American english speaking man who said he was in the Philippians. Go figure.

    Facebook, google, yahoo all are bowing to Obama. Pressuring them he will force them to charge people a fee so he can tax them more if they don’t follow his requests. Free internet for every American. yeah right.

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