Conflict of interest much?
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who expressed concern this week about how federal regulators treated AT&T’s $39 billion merger with T-Mobile, has a connection to the carrier: His son is a lobbyist for AT&T.
His son, Andrew, is registered to lobby for AT&T in the state of Missouri, which is the reason the Senator’s spokesperson says there’s no conflict of interest:
“The senator’s son is not and has never been a federal lobbyist, and he has no contact or affiliation with his father on legislative matters before Congress,” she said.
But Senator Blunt was one of the few members of Congress to speak publicly about the issue:
Sen. Blunt was one of the only members of Congress to take a public stand questioning the Federal Communications Commission’s process on AT&T’s proposed merger.
But he raised questions at a Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday on whether the FCC had violated process in its merger review when it released a 157-page staff report denouncing the AT&T deal.
AT&T sees that as a process violation because it came after AT&T had withdrawn its merger application in an attempt to sidestep the legal battle.
Blunt saw that as troubling, too.