Yet another thing they have in common? Receiving generous contributions from AT&T in recent years.
On Thursday, North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler joined 15 other House Democrats to write a pro-AT&T T-Mobile merger letter to President Obama. The letter rehashed AT&T's PR spin about how the deal would create jobs and bring more high-speed wireless coverage to America.
Save the Internet pointed out that these Democratic politicians have collectively received $570,000 in campaign contributions from AT&T.
Either these members of Congress actually believe in the fantasies AT&T cooks up, or they are so worried that AT&T will turn off its spigot of campaign contributions that they'll sign anything the telecom puts in front of them, wrote the coalition.
GOP 2012 hopeful Rick Perry, meanwhile, wrote a pro-AT&T T-Mobile merger letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in his official capacity as the Texas Governor in May. Perry touted Texas' record of job creation and also parroted AT&T's PR spin of creating more jobs in the letter.
The National Journal, however, highlighted that Perry received over $500,000 from AT&T's political action committee over the last decade.
This is just one more example of Rick Perry's pay-to-play network that represents the same old type of lobbyist-first politics, Ty Matsdorf, spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic opposition research organization, told National Journal.
Any way you slice it, the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile is a bad deal for America.
The merger will not bring high-speed coverage to America faster; competition will.
The merger will not guarantee more jobs; common sense and historic examples tell us that mergers usually kill jobs.
The merger, moreover, will stifle innovation and raise prices for American consumers in the long-term, even if AT&T temporarily promises to keep T-Mobile's cheap subscription rates.
Shrinking an already concentrated industry from four major players to three - while catapulting one of them to hold a meaningful size advantage over the others - is bad for America and bad for capitalism.
Any basic economics class will tell you that.
It's called being anti-competitive; it's why the Department of Justice broke up Ma Bell in the first place in the 1980s.
The facts don't support this merger, and AT&T knows it. So it's turning to old tricks like getting its paid-for cronies to sign a nonsensical letter of support. Repeating lies ad nauseam is standard stuff for AT&T, but we should expect more from our elected officials, wrote Save the Internet.