SEIU doubles fourth-quarter lobbying
SEIU lobbying up in fourth quarter
The Service Employees International Union spent $683,371 lobbying the federal government in the fourth quarter on issues such as health care, labor laws and immigration.
That's up from the nearly $353,531 in the year-ago period, but down from the nearly $791,228 it spent in the third quarter of 2009.
The District-based SEIU -- which has 2.2 million members, among them health-care workers and public employees -- lobbied on issues including the health-care overhaul legislation that President Obama signed into law last week.
The SEIU also lobbied the House and the Senate on issues such as labor law, immigration, banking reform, elections and clean energy, according to a report filed March 4 with the House clerk's office. The union also lobbied both houses of Congress and the Department of Homeland Security on security policy.
-- Associated Press
AT&T and Verizon object to FCC move
AT&T and Verizon Wireless faulted federal regulators for restricting the airwave leases that the two companies can negotiate with a wholesaler of wireless Internet service.
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved Harbinger Capital Partners Funds' acquisition of SkyTerra Communications, a Reston provider of mobile satellite services that plans to sell access to broadband network operators. But the FCC required SkyTerra to seek approval before leasing services to the "the largest or second-largest wireless provider," a condition Harbinger had proposed. Verizon Wireless is the biggest wireless company, followed by AT&T.
"The commission is setting a very disturbing precedent," James Cicconi, AT&T's senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs, said in an e-mailed statement. "This action is manifestly unwise and potentially unlawful."
-- Bloomberg News
Mergers & Acquisitions
Blackboard closes deal for N.C. firm
District-based Blackboard Inc. announced Monday that it has completed the acquisition of privately held Saf-T-Net, a company that provides messaging and mass-notification services used in schools.