And of the legal and political systems are worth anything somewhere a judge should we heating up a vat of cat vomit to drown AT&T's entire board and C level staff in.
Citizens United did not validate their position, it highlighted exactly how wrong it is. You cannot bribe your way to being able to bribe and expect it to be viewed as right. You may have temporarily purchased the right not to be prosecuted for it, but it is still wrong. All this lobbying crap and trying to make the situation worse so you can claim it should never have been happened is utter, contemptible shyte. Any sane judge would at best ensure their more stringent rules would apply and apply only to them. Then throw them in jail for wasting the courts time. Companies should have the opportunity to put forward their concerns, but this should be in public, without financial finagling and campaign contributions and without the use of third parties.
Just because they don't like it does not mean they should be able to buy their way out of it. There are many laws and government programs I don't like but I accept as part of living in a vaguely democratic society. AT&T and friends need to accept that they have to bend to the will of the electorate, assuming it doesn't contravene a higher law. They should also consider the idea that perhaps if they had behaved less like absolute Berkshire hunts in the past they would not have attracted such attention.