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Verizon lobbying

March 12, 2010

LOBBYING 1999-2009 — VERIZON

BEHIND THE NAME
Verizon Communications Inc. was formed in 2000 from the merger of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. Lobbying expenditures between 1999 and 2009 for Verizon, Verizon Wireless and companies it acquired during the decade total $147 million.

Verizon had 9.2 million broadband subscribers as of the third quarter 2009. Verizon Wireless* is the nation’s largest cell-phone company with more than 91.2 million subscribers.

COMPANY AMOUNT SPENT BACKGROUND
Verizon Communications Inc. $89,900,000 Formed (2000)
Verizon Wireless $27,650,000 Formed (2000)
MCI, Inc. $16,705,790 Acquired (2006)
GTE Corp. $9,810,000  
Alltel Corporation Services Inc. $2,315,000 Acquired (2009)
Rural Cellular Corp. $130,000 Acquired (2008)

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

*Verizon Wireless is a joint venture with British telecommunications giant Vodafone Group Plc, which holds a 45-percent stake.

Graphic research by Mia Steinle, Investigative Reporting Workshop