Technically, you could also get older iPhones for free too.. Furthermore, Apple's subsidy is much greater than most Android phones: $400-$450 for Apple iPhones vs. $320 for Samsung Galaxy phones . I would definitely buy a Galaxy Note if AT&T is willing to subsidize a bit more.
Apple already has Al Gore, former VP of the US, on its board. Steve Jobs was known to have been a close friend of the Clintons.
I don't see why Apple has to spend any money on lobbying when some of his buddies are also powerful political figures in US.