FCC Lobbyist Cashes In On Comcast Coup

In case you’re thinking that anyone in government is looking after your business or personal interests think again.  Craig Aaron, President and CEO over at Free Press Action Fund, is attempting to gather support for action against FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker who is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for Comcast – “just four months after she voted to approve the Comcast-NBC merger.”  Corruption is so rife in the telecommunications industry, this is nothing new, though it seems Baker’s blatant conflict of interest may have crossed the line.

To date, Obama has not commented publicly, Genachowski, himself a dabbler in the revolving door syndrome, hasn’t spoken out on the absurdity of the situation but the deal is not done yet.  As Aaron puts it, the switch “erodes any prospect for common-sense public policy — such as strong Net Neutrality rules or a rigorous review of mega-deals like AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile.”

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According to Ms. Baker, “I have not only complied with the legal and ethical laws, but I also have gone further. I have not participated or voted any item, not just those related to Comcast or NBCUniversal, since entering discussions about an offer of potential employment,” she said in the statement.

Here is the link to Free Press’ attempts to get the public to write Congress, if this is something you feel is important:

Say No to the Comcast-FCC Merger

“Public anger is building over news that FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for Comcast – just four months after she voted to approve the Comcast-NBC merger. It’s no wonder the American people are disgusted by Washington.

“Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has raised concerns about alleged ethical violations at the FCC. He must immediately launch an investigation into Baker’s seemingly clear conflict of interest. If we don’t act now, business as usual in Washington will continue to undermine our media system and endanger our democracy.”

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