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. Redditors showed overwhelming disapproval over what has taken place by putting this story on their front page (over 12,000 upvotes and counting!). We want to give you a chance to take action, too.
Rep. Darrell Issa, chair
of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has raised concerns about
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
Help us close the revolving
door. Demand that Congress investigate Baker’s conflict of interest.
(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
Even the appearance
of corruption erodes the American people’s confidence in the government, and Commissioner
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