Should the NAACP be renamed NAAT&TCP? Corporate money and interest group politics 

The NAACP and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation are both powerful interest groups within the Democratic Party and the left-leaning mainstream media, so it makes sense AT&T would reach out to them to find support for their proposed merger with T-Mobile.

But what incentive would these groups have to come out in support of the merger? You find some clues if you follow the money. Politico reports:

The NAACP was one of the first groups to announce public support of the T-Mobile acquisition. It received a $1 million contribution from AT&T in 2009 and has received funding in the six figures dating to 2006, according to the group’s annual reports....

GLAAD — which has received $50,000 from AT&T — recently backed the deal as well, saying it had “the understanding that the merger will increase functionality and speed, thus growing engagement and improving the effectiveness of the online advocacy work that is advancing equality for all,” a GLAAD spokesman said.
AT&T is the number one company when it comes to campaign contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics' "Heavy Hitters" database.

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