|Mr. Rockefeller received little in the way of contributions from AT&T or Verizon executives before this year, reporting $4,050 from 2002 through 2006. From last March to June, he collected a total of $42,850 from executives at the two companies. Rockefellers office said Monday that the sharp increases in contributions from the telecommunications executives had no influence on his support for the immunity provision.
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