T-Mobile: Ex-Trump aide Corey Lewandowski tied to firm advising on Sprint merger

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T-Mobile said Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign manager, is part of a team advising the company as it seeks federal approval for its merger with Sprint.

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Lewandowski is one of the former Trump aides with ties to Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying firm that T-Mobile hired last year to advise the wireless carrier on the Sprint merger and other matters.

In a statement, T-Mobile said it hired Turnberry Solutions in August, adding that Lewandowski “is now affiliated with that firm and they have offered perspective to T-Mobile on a variety of topics” such as the pending deal with Sprint.

Talks between T-Mobile and Sprint reportedly rekindled in early August, according to a Bloomberg report at the time.

“Given the scope and complexity of our business, our Government Affairs team works with a number of political consulting firms to help navigate the numerous federal government and regulatory matters that are relevant to us,” T-Mobile said.

T-Mobile, which agreed last month to buy Sprint in a $26 billion deal, has paid Turnberry Solutions about $100,000 since hiring the firm, according to OpenSecrets.org.

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Lewandowski is being paid for his role in advising the company, The Wall Street Journal reported. But the report said his exact role with Turnberry Solutions remains unclear. Jason Osborne, a lobbyist for the firm, told the Journal that Lewandowski isn’t compensated by Turnberry Solutions but provides it with strategic advice.

Lewandowski, who has worked as a political consultant since departing the Trump campaign, recently joined Vice President Mike Pence’s political action committee.

T-Mobile and Sprint must receive approval from federal regulators in order to complete their merger of the third- and fourth-largest U.S. mobile companies. The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission are conducting separate reviews. When the deal was announced, one analyst gave the merger 50-50 odds of receiving the government’s go-ahead.

Under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department scuttled the companies’ attempt to merge in 2014, citing concerns that a deal would limit competition and hurt consumers.

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