Saturday, May 14, 2011

Say No to the Comcast-FCC Merger

This is, of course, still another No-Brainer--but our congressmen do need to hear your Voices!!!-kas

Say No to the Comcast-FCC Merger

News just broke 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.

Help us close the revolving door. Demand that Congress investigate Baker’s conflict of interest.

Chairman Issa,
(CC Ranking Member Cummings):

Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker just announced that she is cutting short her FCC term to lobby for Comcast-NBCU, a company whose multi-billion dollar merger she approved just four months ago. This is a clear conflict of interest and an outrageous breach of the public trust.

Even the appearance of corruption erodes the American people’s confidence in the government, and Commissioner Baker’s departure for Comcast highlights the problem of the revolving door between government and industry in Washington.

As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, you pledged to investigate outside influence that would constitute a “serious breach of the independent proceedings of the FCC.” I urge you to promptly investigate Commissioner Baker's seemingly blatant conflict of interest.



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