Comcast, Time Warner make huge "donations" to party honoring their FCC overseer

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (who's in charge of overseeing the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger) is receiving an award, for which Comcast and Time Warner Cable are "presenting sponsors," paying $110K and $22K respectively.

A Comcast spokesman said it was "insulting" to claim that there was anything untoward about sponsoring a worthy award, and that this in no way represented a way to throw an enormous, lavish party for a public official whose decisions could make the company's execs millions in bonuses without falling afoul of anti-bribery laws.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable Spend Big To 'Honor' FCC Commissioner Overseeing Their Merger Review

(Image: Pratham Gala at Cipriani's, John Philip Green, CC-BY; Money, 401(K) 2012, CC-BY-SA)

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  1. What the Libertarian fuck is up with the Good Ol' USA?

  2. It would be cynical to think of this as bribery. It's simply an investment, with a very very good ROI.

  3. I'm pissed about this whole BS. I live in Pasadena and have been doing a fair amount of research into municipality run ISP's. IF anyone has any leads on technology or examples on how we can get around this Behemoth of BS please PM me.



  4. Scumcast is just pissed they got caught making the 'donation' is all. If they didn't get called on it, no issues.

    If the FCC lets ISPs kill Net Neutrality and says the merger between Concast/Slime Warner should go through, there should be a petition, several petitions asking for Thom Wheeler to step down as head of the FCC.

  5. Aetius says:

    Of course, I'm sure that will help. The hundred-year history of the FCC is replete with examples of the FCC cleaning up their act and protecting the public interest after a change of leadership.

    Oh wait. Not at all.

    It's amazing to me that no matter how many stories like this get posted, it will never convince people that the FCC is completely corrupt, will always be corrupt, and needs to be removed instead of reshuffled.

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