Allison Kilkenny: Unreported

Verizon and AT&T Gave Free Cell Towers to McCain

Posted in corporations by allisonkilkenny on October 15, 2008

Washington Post:

AT&T says Thanks John!

AT&T says: Thanks John!

Verizon delivered a portable tower know as a “cell site on wheels” — free of charge — to Cindy McCain’s property in June in response to an online request from Cindy McCain’s staff early last year. Such devices are usually reserved for restoring service when cell coverage is knocked out during emergencies, such as hurricanes.

In July, AT&T followed suit, wheeling in a portable tower for free to match Verizon’s offer. …

Ethics lawyers said Cindy McCain’s dealings with the wireless companies stand out because Sen. John McCain is a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the Federal Communications Commission and the telecommunications industry. He has been a leading advocate for industry-backed legislation, fighting regulations and taxes on telecommunications services.

McCain and his campaign have close ties to Verizon and AT&T. Five campaign officials, including campaign manager Rick Davis, have worked as lobbyists for Verizon.

Mind you, AT&T is the same telecommunications giant that helped the government spy on American citizens, and subsequently received total immunity for the deed. AT&T also partially sponsored the first two presidential debates, which is why no questions about FISA or NSA’s wiretapping were raised by moderators.

So really, it’s business as usual that McCain is receiving goodies from the very people he was hired to oversee.

In Washington, the motto is: We Are Family.

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