Quarter Snapshot: AT&T Advocacy Continues

Earlier this year the First Street Research Group took a look at the revolving door lobbyists involved in the AT&T and T-Mobile merger debate.  Since that time, AT&T has continued to spend heavily on their lobbying activity.  In 2011 alone 114 lobbyists have lobbied on AT&T’s behalf.  The First Street research group takes a quick look a AT&T’s lobbying activity in the 3rd quarter of 2011.

Quick Highlights from 2011 3rd Quarter Lobbying Activity

  • AT&T spent $4.3 million on their lobbying activity with $1.8 million spent hiring 31 different firms to lobby on their behalf.
  • AT&T’s in-house lobby group lobbied on 82 bills.
  • AT&T lobbied on six different issue areas.
  • AT&T lobbied 2 federal agencies

Overview of AT&T’s Lobbying Activity During the 3rd Quarter of 2011 (LD2)

Amount AT&T Spent Hiring Outside Lobbying Firms  $  1,815,500.00
Amount Spent by AT&T on In-House Lobbying Activity  $  2,484,500.00
Total Amount Spent by AT&T on All Lobbying Activity  $  4,300,000.00

Firms Hired to Lobby on AT&T’s Behalf During the 3rd Quarter of 2011

Firms Hired  Amount Lobbying Report
Roberti Associates
 $  160,000.00 LD2
Mayer Brown LLP  $  130,000.00 LD2
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP  $  120,000.00 LD2
Breaux Lott Leadership Group  $  120,000.00 LD2
Prime Policy Group  $  120,000.00 LD2
Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart, Inc.  $    90,000.00 LD2
Alston & Bird, LLP  $    80,000.00 LD2
Polaris Government Relations, LLC  $    80,000.00 LD2
The Gibson Group, LLC  $    80,000.00 LD2
Wiley Rein LLP  $    80,000.00 LD2
Capitol City Group, LTD.  $    60,000.00 LD2
Capitol Hill Strategies, LLC  $    60,000.00 LD2
Law Offices of Bernard Wunder
(fka Wunder & Lilley)
 $    60,000.00 LD2
Mattoon & Associates, LLC  $    60,000.00 LD2
Quinn Gillespie & Associates  $    60,000.00 LD2
Cassidy & Associates, Inc.
(formerly known as Cassidy & Associates)
 $    50,000.00 LD2
Mercury Strategies, LLC  $    50,000.00 LD2
TCH Group, LLC  $    50,000.00 LD2
Holland & Knight LLP  $    40,000.00 LD2
Clyburn Consulting, LLC  $    30,000.00 LD2
Crossroads Strategies, LLC  $    30,000.00 LD2
Denny Miller Associates  $    30,000.00 LD2
Mr. David Leach  $    30,000.00 LD2
MS. Diane Newberg  $    30,000.00 LD2
The Crane Group, Inc.  $    30,000.00 LD2
WHW Consulting LLC  $    30,000.00 LD2
Dunkel Government Relations  $    25,500.00 LD2
Ricchetti Incorporated  $    20,000.00 LD2
The Nickles Group. LLC  $    10,000.00 LD2
Adams and Reese, LLP  < $5,000 LD2
Patton Boggs LLP  < $5,000 LD2

Issue’s Lobbied On by AT&T During the 3rd Quarter of 2011

  1. Copyright/Patent/Trademark
  2. Health Issues
  3. Taxation/Internal Revenue Code
  4. Telecommunications
  5. Torts
  6. Trade (Domestic & Foreign)

Federal Agencies Lobbied by AT&T During the 3rd Quarter of 2011

  1. Department of the Treasury
  2. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Legislation Lobbied on By AT&T During 3rd Quarter of 2011

  1. 112 H.J.RES.37: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices.
  2. 112 H.R.1002: Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011
  3. 112 H.R.1036: Job Creation and Innovation Investment Act of 2011
  4. 112 H.R.1249: Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
  5. 112 H.R.1425: Creating Jobs Through Small Business Innovation Act of 2011
  6. 112 H.R.1440: Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act of 2011
  7. 112 H.R.1528: Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2011
  8. 112 H.R.1622: Spectrum Innovation Act
  9. 112 H.R.166: Internet Investment, Innovation, and Competition Preservation Act
  10. 112 H.R.1693: Research and Development Tax Credit Extension Act of 2011
  11. 112 H.R.1695: Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2011
  12. 112 H.R.1707: Data Accountability and Trust Act
  13. 112 H.R.1746: CAP Act
  14. 112 H.R.1841: Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA) of 2011
  15. 112 H.R.1860: Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011
  16. 112 H.R.1873: Arbitration Fairness Act of 2011
  17. 112 H.R.1895: Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011
  18. 112 H.R.1981: Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011
  19. 112 H.R.2096: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011
  20. 112 H.R.2163: Broadband Affordability Act of 2011
  21. 112 H.R.2168: Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act
  22. 112 H.R.2281: Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act
  23. 112 H.R.2482: Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act
  24. 112 H.R.2520: Spectrum for Innovation Act of 2011
  25. 112 H.R.2577: SAFE Data Act
  26. 112 H.R.2629: Next Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act of 2011
  27. 112 H.R.3078: United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
  28. 112 H.R.3079: United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
  29. 112 H.R.3080: United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
  30. 112 H.R.428: Telephone Excise Tax Repeal Act of 2011
  31. 112 H.R.439: State Leadership in Health Care Act
  32. 112 H.R.5: Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011
  33. 112 H.R.607: Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011
  34. 112 H.R.611: BEST PRACTICES Act
  35. 112 H.R.653: Financial Information Privacy Act of 2011
  36. 112 H.R.654: Do Not Track Me Online Act
  37. 112 H.R.674: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, to modify the calculation of modified adjusted gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain healthcare-related programs, and for other purposes.
  38. 112 H.R.689: 21st Century Investment Act of 2011
  39. 112 H.R.911: Spectrum Inventory and Auction Act of 2011
  40. 112 H.R.942: American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011
  41. 112 H.R.96: Internet Freedom Act
  42. 112 H.R.99: Fair and Simple Tax Act of 2011
  43. 112 S.1011: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2011
  44. 112 S.1012: Telephone Excise Tax Repeal Act of 2011
  45. 112 S.1040: Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011
  46. 112 S.106: Telephone Excise Tax Repeal Act of 2011
  47. 112 S.1151: Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2011
  48. 112 S.1152: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011
  49. 112 S.12: Job Creation Act of 2011
  50. 112 S.1207: Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2011
  51. 112 S.1212: Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act
  52. 112 S.1223: Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011
  53. 112 S.1308: Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011
  54. 112 S.1408: Data Breach Notification Act of 2011
  55. 112 S.1434: Data Security Act of 2011
  56. 112 S.1535: Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act of 2011
  57. 112 S.1549: American Jobs Act of 2011
  58. 112 S.164: Withholding Tax Relief Act of 2011
  59. 112 S.21: Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011
  60. 112 S.223: FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
  61. 112 S.23: America Invents Act
  62. 112 S.244: State Health Care Choice Act
  63. 112 S.248: Empowering States to Innovate Act
  64. 112 S.257: Small Business Broadband and Emerging Information Technology Enhancement Act of 2011
  65. 112 S.413: Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011
  66. 112 S.415: Spectrum Optimization Act
  67. 112 S.455: RADIOS Act
  68. 112 S.493: SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011
  69. 112 S.522: Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act of 2011
  70. 112 S.543: Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011
  71. 112 S.727: Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2011
  72. 112 S.73: State Leadership in Health Care Act
  73. 112 S.732: Cell Phone Bill Shock Act of 2011
  74. 112 S.74: Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011
  75. 112 S.799: Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011
  76. 112 S.89: Withholding Tax Relief Act of 2011
  77. 112 S.911: SPECTRUM Act
  78. 112 S.913: Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011
  79. 112 S.968: Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011
  80. 112 S.971: Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011
  81. 112 S.987: Arbitration Fairness Act of 2011
  82. 112 S.J.RES.6: A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices.

Comments

  1. well naturally,AT&T has always been extremely rigid with their rates and services.So it’s no real surprise that they are acquiring t-mobile and not for the sake of quality-minded
    ethics.No.To be absolute (wireless wizards)and(telephone terrorists) taking out the competition and thus advance their strategics..guarantee prices will increase for their newly acquired customers and(existing ones) and monthly phone rates will not get better..IN A NUTSHELL,ALL THIS MASSIVE LOBBYING IS TO MAINTAIN THAT PRICE CONTROL SO THEY WON’T BE FORCED TO LOWER THEM! WELL SO MUCH FOR CHOICES i look for higher rates in the near future !!!

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