Sprint picks up PR, lobbying help


Source: Hill, The
Author: Sara Jerome
Coverage Type: reporting
Location:
Weber Merritt, 414 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States

Sprint has hired Weber Merritt, a grassroots public relations firm headed by Jim Weber and Bernie Merritt, who each have roots in Republican politics and served as founding partners of Qorvis Communications. Industry sources said the choice to pick up Weber Merritt shows that Sprint is serious and willing to spend to fight AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile, noting they view it as a top flight firm.

Sprint has picked up new government relations help in Hugh Carroll, the telecom legislative assistant to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi). Carroll has previously worked for former Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.), the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Transportation Committee. His most recent boss, Wicker, is a senior member of the Commerce Committee, ranking member of the Consumer Protection subcommittee and a member of the telecom subcommittee.

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