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Sprint Nextel lobbying

March 12, 2010

LOBBYING 1999-2009 — SPRINT NEXTEL

BEHIND THE NAME
Sprint Nextel Corp. was formed in 2005 when Sprint Corp. purchased Nextel Communications. In 2008 Sprint Nextel combined its broadband business with Clearwire Corp. and became a 51 percent owner of the new Clearwire Corp. The company’s other owners are the former Clearwire Corp., Intel Corp., Comcast Corp., Google Inc. and Bright House Networks.

Clearwire had 641,000 mobile broadband subscribers as of the fourth quarter 2009. Sprint reported 48.1 million wireless subscribers for the same period.

The lobbying total for Clearwire and the former Clearwire Corp. is $842,000 – this figure is not included in Sprint Nextel’s total.

Lobbying expenditures between 1999 and 2009 for Sprint and Nextel total at least $60.4 million.

COMPANY AMOUNT SPENT BACKGROUND
Sprint Nextel Corp.

$54,297,463 Formed 2005
Nextel Communications

$6,077,701 Acquired (2000)
Virgin Mobile USA LLC

$40,000 Acquired (2009)

Sources: Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (broadband subscribers); lobbying disclosure forms with the Senate Office of Public Records (lobbying data); SEC filings (Sprint wireless subscribers and Clearwire mobile broadband subscribers).

Graphic research by Mia Steinle, Investigative Reporting Workshop