Name calling won't silence investigative reporting

By Bill Buzenberg

How a Verizon flack's tweet clinched more readers for our wireless investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… n a year away. AT&T and Verizon have spent about four times as much as T-Mobile and Sprint. Again, AT&T and Verizon didn’t reply to repeated request …"

T-Mobile’s lobbying spending may be paying off

By Allan Holmes

The No. 4 wireless carrier sees its lobbying investments paying off in D.C.

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… oing to keep their foot to the pedal on lobbying this year,” Silva said. …"

"… s far bigger rivals by buying companies and acquiring better frequencies. T-Mobile, which is only a fraction of the size of its giant rivals AT&T and Ver …"

"… e Department blocked the deal. The lobbying investment is intended to help T-Mobile turn telecommunications policies to its favor. T-Mobile — which has als …"

"… intended to help T-Mobile turn telecommunications policies to its favor. T-Mobile — which has also cut prices to better compete — spent $5.2 million on …"

AT&T buoyed in lobbying push against spectrum auction limits

By Allan Holmes

Expect telecom giant to fight FCC on spectrum auction limits following T-Mobile airwaves purchase.

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… tment. T-Mobile said it planned to buy more airwaves.     …"

"… ng regulators not to limit an upcoming spectrum auction. The $2.4 billion T-Mobile deal to purchase valuable frequencies from Verizon Wireless announced yest …"

"… r 2015: the wireless market is becoming more competitive as companies like T-Mobile buy more airwaves that allows it to build a better network, and AT&T s …"

"… ore the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee prior to T-Mobile’s airwaves purchase. “T-Mobile has substantially bolstered its spectr …"

Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

By Alison Fitzgerald

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Henry Paulson":

"… an Sachs executive who became undersecretary of the Treasury in 2006 under Henry Paulson. Steel then became CEO of Wachovia, which nearly collapsed 11 days after L …"

"… ; He said he kept the losses hidden under pressure from Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson who worried that, if the deal fell through, it would hurt the already woun …"

Majority of Supreme Court members millionaires

By Reity O'Brien and Chris Young

At least five and as many as eight of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices are millionaires, filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… ares of Time Warner, Microsoft and Texas Instruments and up to $200,000 in T-Mobile and Sirius XM Radio stock, according to his report. Roberts recused himse …"

Civil rights group's FCC positions reflect industry funding, critics say

By Jason McLure

Civil rights organization often agrees with industry backers on FCC issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "communications director":

"… rty records. Today its website lists eight lawyers, two researchers and a communications director. Its brokerage team includes three others, two of whom are former Clear Ch …"

Obama inauguration sponsors spent millions influencing government

By Dave Levinthal

Obama's inauguration, brought to you in part by corporate America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… hich have collectively spent at least $158.6 million on lobbying since the president first took office, a Center for Public Integrity review of congressional d …"

"… nes aren’t just consistent with the law — they are consistent with the president’s commitment to transparency and to reducing the influence of PACs and l …"

"… has spent more than $816,000 on federal-level lobbying since Obama became president, including lobbying the White House against a medical device tax, federal …"

"… “provide the most open and accessible inauguration in history” and the president’s “commitment to change business as usual in Washington.” Current i …"

Surveillance requests to cellphone carriers surge

By The Associated Press

Police agencies made 1.3 million surveillance requests to US cellphone carriers in 2011

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… 500,000 subpoenas in 2011. Requests are increasing annually at Verizon and T-Mobile. And AT&T has a dedicated team of more than 100 workers whose job it i …"

The weekly watchdog: Oct. 17 - Oct. 21

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Excerpts from this story referencing "iWatch News":

"… nregulated money that is already flooding the 2012 political landscape. An iWatch News investigation reveals the depth of ties between the conservative group Ame …"

"… x weeks since they were appointed, according to an analysis of FEC data by iWatch News. More than a third of the money came from health-related interests as the …"

"… rom her surgery, her suit said, it became clear she was going to be fired. iWatch News has identified 18 former Countrywide employees who alleged they were retal …"

Charities supporting AT&T’s buyout of T-Mobile have financial incentive

By Jason McLure

Charities that received big dollars from AT&T supporting phone giant's buyout of T-Mobile

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… nt, but I am writing today in order to convey our support for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.”Martin went on to praise the potential expansion of wireless bro …"

"… ere recipients of AT&T’s largesse and have written in support of the T-Mobile buyout, which will cut the number of national wireless companies from four …"

"… which wrote to the FCC to tout the benefits of AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile.Cash had no effect on positionMany of the charities, including the Shrevep …"

"… nd the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Lawyers for AT&T and T-Mobile pushing approval of the deal know the key agencies well: the legal teams i …"