The Justice Department decided against the merger of AT&T and T Mobile. AT&T is appealing the decision.
"According to Senate records cited by Bloomberg news, AT&T spent nearly $12 million on lobbying efforts in the first half of this year, up 30 percent from a year earlier. The Center for Responsive Politics said that AT&T also gave more money to federal candidates this year than any other corporation." New York Times, September 2,2011