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AT&T CEO Ups GOP Contributions After Blocked T-Mobile Deal
Sending the Obama Administration a Message
by Karl Bode 08:38AM Thursday May 31 2012
AT&T's attempted takeover of T-Mobile obviously didn't go so well after the company was undeniably caught lying (repeatedly) about the deal's supposed benefits. With the Obama DOJ and FCC having blocked AT&T's rather anti-competitive ambitions, Bloomberg notes that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has ramped up his political donations to the GOP significantly. Over the years the most Stephenson donated in any one year was $5,000 -- a number that has jumped to $30,000 this year. This of course doesn't include the lobbying, astroturf, think tank, and assorted other AT&T political tendrils that are likely busily working to pushing the Obama administration for standing up for consumers and blocking what was an undeniably awful deal.

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Valen531

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Switch in bribes

Since the Obama administration took their money and then double-crossed them, they are trying to now buy the other side. GOP, take the money and do the same!
desarollo

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Insignificant

The number is insignificant because Mr. Stephenson can contribute funds to any PAC and do so anonymously. The $30,000 is a public statement of discontent, I'm sure he's given way way more with the rest of the billionaires who wish to buy the keys to the White House.
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Re: Insignificant

The United States of America...
A country for the Corporation, By the Corporation.
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N3OGH
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Re: Insignificant

You forgot "and of the Corporation"....
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I pledge Allegiance to the corporations of the United States of America and to the Death Star for which it stands, one nation under AT&T, indivisible, with dial-up speeds and bandwidth caps for all.

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Re: Insignificant

How this pledge

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=618U-_8o31k

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said by wheelbarrow:

I pledge Allegiance to the corporations of the United States of America and to the Death Star for which it stands, one nation under AT&T, indivisible, with dial-up speeds and bandwidth caps for all.

Priceless.........
Angrychair

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Indeed, this action is purely symbolic.
axus

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Surely the lobbyist money is much more than 30k

I don't really see how 30k donations out of a million is a big influence. Writing the language of policies and bills so that lazy staff don't have to think seems like a bigger problem.
Skippy25

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Re: Surely the lobbyist money is much more than 30k

Where do you think lobbyist get their money to do these things?

It all adds up and as pointed out above the biggest purchasing of political figures is done through the secretive SuperPACs that can take unlimited funds and not disclose anything.

That's what happens when you have the fox watching the hen house.

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Re: Surely the lobbyist money is much more than 30k

And the SuperPACs will get stronger in a Rmoney's Amercia.
puck0114

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Re: Surely the lobbyist money is much more than 30k

God willing and the creeks don't rise, there will be no "Romney's America."

Squire James

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Like they got any weaker under 4 years of Obama... remember the Dems had control of both houses of Congress (filibuster-proof even) and the Presidency for 2 years and they did nothing to shut them down! The Republicans had the same 2 years back in 2000 (but not the filibuster-proof Senate, so the Dems could STILL have stopped it), and they started those rules in the first place.

Plenty of guilt to spread around here... both sides wants the money!
Skippy25

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Re: Surely the lobbyist money is much more than 30k

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it."
Frederic Bastiat

A good article on who to blame:

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
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Re: Surely the lobbyist money is much more than 30k

The problem I have with this mantra, typically from the right, is that whenever a Republican politician they 'elected' votes poorly or against their interests, they do not get angry at them - oh no. Instead, they just blame all of government.

The beauty of a democratic government and the internet is that your elected officials voting record is there for all to see. Instead of just treating politics like picking your sports team or favorite driver for life, why not actually pick the candidate that represents your interests?

Voting everyone out for the sake of it is precisely why we got the do nothing block everything TEAnutters.
Skippy25

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Re: Surely the lobbyist money is much more than 30k

I would agree, I think party line voters are just lazy people.

Point still stands - they (maybe not all) are the problem.
Telco

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Re: Surely the lobbyist money is much more than 30k

Career Politicians are definitely the problem.

We also need a separation of corporation and state.

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Re: Surely the lobbyist money is much more than 30k

quote:
We also need a separation of corporation and state

I seconded it.
Skippy25

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Career Politicians are only allowed to have that as a career because the general voting population is too stupid to change that.
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That's not correct at all. During the 2 years the Democrats had control of the senate, they never had the 60 votes required.

The GOP had control of congress from 1995 to 2007. Therefore, GWB, had total control a full 7 years. Whereas, Obama had less than 2 years and was tackling the worst economy handed to any president since the Great Depression.

That's what's such a joke with the Republicans now trying to claim it's all Obama's fault. As if he was handed some sound economy, with surpluses, and no wars but apparently just ruined it.

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said by Squire James :

Like they got any weaker under 4 years of Obama... remember the Dems had control of both houses of Congress (filibuster-proof even) and the Presidency for 2 years and they did nothing to shut them down! The Republicans had the same 2 years back in 2000 (but not the filibuster-proof Senate, so the Dems could STILL have stopped it), and they started those rules in the first place.

Plenty of guilt to spread around here... both sides wants the money!

The 2 lines that are especially dead on are thses:
"remember the Dems had control of both houses of Congress (filibuster-proof even) and the Presidency for 2 years and they did nothing" and "Plenty of guilt to spread around here... both sides wants the money"

I can't really remember the last time they did anything anyway!
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dvd536
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Need more grease

to move wheels in favor of T
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huh?

both political parties were responsible for the original breakup of MA-Bell, and it's quite probable that there was a slight edge for republicans to back the DOJ action more than democrats as to not give them ammunition in the election cycle. who wants to talk about telecom when big oil's been raping the consumer for the last 4 years.

this reaction was more about CONSUMERS IN REVOLT than at&t losing on policy to the democrats. republicans in the senate have veto power over most federal actions (2+ years running), that's why the economy is in the toilet.
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Re: huh?

said by tmc8080:

who wants to talk about telecom when big oil's been raping the consumer for the last 4 years.

republicans in the senate have veto power over most federal actions (2+ years running), that's why the economy is in the toilet.

Nailed it. Too bad the rest of our country is too obtuse to grasp this reality.
robxr4ti

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Re: huh?

said by Telco:

said by tmc8080:

who wants to talk about telecom when big oil's been raping the consumer for the last 4 years.

republicans in the senate have veto power over most federal actions (2+ years running), that's why the economy is in the toilet.

Nailed it. Too bad the rest of our country is too obtuse to grasp this reality.

And your excuse for the Democrats failing to even try to pass a budget for the last two years is?