AT&T has hired five lobbyists, including two former congressional staffers with ties to the Senate Judiciary Committee, since announcing plans to purchase T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion on March 20.
According to federal lobbying disclosures, four of the lobbyists work at a single firm: Peck, Madigan, Jones, & Stewart. They include Jeffrey Peck, a former staff director and general counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee; Sean Richardson, a former chief of staff to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who sits on the antitrust subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee; John Michael Gonzalez, who served as chief of staff to former Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill.; and Peter Madigan, who was chief of staff to former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick.
AT&T also hired Gerald Harrington of Capitol City Group, and six days before the merger was announced, the telecommunications giant had enlisted Vincent Roberti and Meghan Johnson of Roberti Associates. Roberti also worked on the $67 billion merger of AT&T and BellSouth, according to his firm’s website.