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 "Verizon Communications":

"… . 2 wireless carrier AT&T spent $15.9 million on lobbying in 2013, and Verizon Communications Inc., the largest, doled out $13.4 million. T-Mobile's sharp increases be …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… onsive Politics. In 2011, AT&T spent $20.2 million and ranked eighth. Verizon Communications was close behind, having spent $15.2 million in 2012 and placing 15th on t …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

Gaggle of former White House hopefuls still owe creditors millions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Speaker":

"… sive 2008 presidential debts earlier this year.     …"

"… sis of disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission: 1.) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. Election year: 2012 Debt: $4,595,394 The back …"

‘Outsider’ candidate Santorum collected millions in corporate PAC money

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Santorum took on 'special interests' while collecting millions in corporate PAC money

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… g industries, the analysis found. The Center examined contributions to the Pennsylvanian’s congressional, senatorial and 2012 presidential campaigns — as well …"

"… contract with Consol Energy Inc., reportedly worth more than $140,000. The Pennsylvania-based company donated almost $20,000 to Santorum while he was in office. T …"

"… viously reported on Consol’s long-wall mining operations in southwestern Pennsylvania. Santorum's campaign didn't respond to a request for comment on this stor …"

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 "official":

"… rls on a five-week summer retreat. She wrote to the FCC after the AT&T official who handles donations to her organization briefed her on the deal.In need …"

The 700 (MHz) Club

By Brendan McGarry

When lobbying the FCC, sometimes less is more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Wireless":

"… ssioners and other agency officials at least 43 times, while lobbyists for Verizon Wireless recorded 40 such contacts.Under agency rules, a participant must file a no …"

Nice work if you can get it

By John Dunbar

Political patronage rules in state utility commissions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baltimore":

"… unications Inc.; and Harold Williams lists a number of different jobs with Baltimore Gas and Electric in his online biography on the commission Web site.Sandra …"

Former Bells dial up big numbers in statehouses

By John Dunbar

SBC is No. 1 in both lobbying and contributions

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York City":

"… 13.8 million, two-year total in 2004 fighting construction of a stadium in New York City that was to be the new home of the National Football League's New York Jet …"

Group wants truth in cell phone billing

By Morgan Jindrich

Wireless firms bill clients $937 million for 'federal recovery fees'

Excerpts from this story referencing "wireless":

"… e a more active role in regulating misleading line item charges on monthly wireless bills.At issue are so-called "federal recovery fees" which are used primar …"

"… owing customers to change providers while keeping their phone numbers. But wireless companies have used the line item to cover all manner of expenses, includi …"

"… ased in October 2003 which detailed the practice. The Center reported that wireless companies had collected $629 million starting in January 2002 for number p …"

"… a service not offered until Nov. 24, 2003.Since the Center's last report, wireless providers have collected another $308 million, bringing total collections …"

Prepaid profit plan for wireless companies

By Morgan Jindrich

Top firms have banked $629 million for service not yet offered

Excerpts from this story referencing "Consumers Union in Washington":

"… s nothing that they can do about it," said Chris Murray, legal counsel for Consumers Union in Washington, D.C.A Center for Public Integrity survey of the 10 largest wireless servi …"