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Perry's Phone-A-Friend: AT&T

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DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 15: Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry greets visitors at the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. The visit is part of Perry's first campaign trip to Iowa since declaring he would seek the Republican nomination for president on August 13. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his book have one prominent fan in corporate America: AT&T.

Last December, the Dallas-based telecommunications firm bought 700 copies of the Texas governor's book "Fed Up!" as a gift to a gathering of Lone Star State lawmakers, activists and lobbyists, The Dallas Morning News reported at the time. Total cost? $13,000.

All proceeds from Perry's public policy missive benefit the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Tenth Amendment Studies, so it's not as though the presidential candidate pocketed the money. But the purchase did underscore the closeness of Perry to AT&T, a relationship that will draw heavier scrutiny after the governor endorsed the company's merger with T-Mobile, which the Department of Justice rejected this week.

"Fed Up!" has been closely scrutinized since Perry entered the presidential race in early August. In it, Perry calls Social Security a "Ponzi scheme," while lambasting other entitlement programs. After a campaign adviser signaled Perry was backing off some of the claims contained in his book, the governor has doubled down on several of the book's arguments.

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