AT&T and T-Mobile Grease Liberal Groups With Cash for Their Support of Merger"/>
Ever wonder why a bunch of liberal groups like the NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and the National Education Association would sing the praises of a gigantic telecommunications-company merger?
Might it have something to do with the loads of cash that the groups have been receiving from the telecom companies?
Politico has the story:
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. 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.
"For decades, AT&T has proudly supported numerous diverse groups and organizations," a company spokesperson told POLITICO.
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."
Funny how groups with no real knowledge of or interest in the telecom business suddenly find themselves sounding off on a major industry merger. This despite the fact that fundamental liberal philosophy typically opposes such blatant market-consolidation moves like the one being proposed with the AT&T/T-Mobile deal.
Money, it would seem, makes people do strange things.