T-Mobile US announced that it is receiving advice on its proposed merger of $26 billion with Sprint from a firm whose staff has several members of the former election team of U.S. President Donald Trump including Corey Lewandowski the former campaign manager.
He is amongst those that are advising the third largest U.S. wireless provider on the deal as it aligns its defenses leading up to what is likely to be a difficult review process with regulators, said T-Mobile in a prepared statement released last week.
In April T-Mobile US entered into a deal to acquire Sprint in an all-stock transaction of $26 billion that would combine the No. 3 and No. 4 largest wireless carriers in the U.S.
Disclosure reports indicate that T-Mobile paid Turnberry Solutions $100,000 dating back to September 2017. Turnberry work, said T-Mobile included advice related to the merger with Sprint.
T-Mobile announced as well that Lewandowski is affiliated at this time with Turnberry and they offered perspective to the wireless carrier on several topics that include its pending transaction.
According to its lobbying disclosure form that was filed on April20 with the United States Senate, Turnberry said it has been providing counsel and guidance on different telecommunications issues, and lobbied the staff at the White House, amongst other agencies.
Amongst those lobbying on behalf of T-Mobile from Turnberry are Mike Rubino who had overseen the campaign of Trump in different states, Jason Osborne who is a former adviser to Trump’s campaign and former aide in the Trump campaign Ryan O’Dwyer, said the report filed.
T-Mobile has said that Turnberry was hired in August. T-Mobile and Sprint announced in November that they had ended their talks but later resumed them.
Mr. Lewandowski, who was the first campaign manager of Trump, accepted a role with the leadership political action committee of VP Mike Pence in April.
Lewandowski has been working as a political consultant and lobbyist after close to six months leading Trump’s campaign during 2016.
The Federal Communications Commission will determine if the proposed merger of the two companies is in the best interest of the public, while the Department of Justice will determine if the proposed merger would be harmful to competition.