AT&T spends $200,000 on three Google-hating Congressmen

Owen Thomas · 04/17/08 12:40PM

Lobbying pays: AT&T has donated $200,000 to Congressmen Cliff Stearns and Fred Upton (pictured), as well as John Shimkus. All three are members of a House telecommunications subcommittee, and have criticized Google's participation in an FCC auction of wireless spectrum. They claim the government would have made more money had Google not lobbied for rules that lift restrictions on what kind of devices can use the spectrum, smoothing the way for the launch of "Googlephones" which run Google's Android software. All of which would be less of a theoretical inside-the-Beltway debate if Google actually had a Googlephone on the market.