Comcast's top lobbyist insists he isn't a lobbyist

Though his time is mostly spent whispering in politicians' ears, David L. Cohen narrowly escapes the contours of the highly specialized, counterintuitive US statutory definition of a lobbyist.

I write a lot about Comcast. Without bragging (since frankly it's often unpleasant and I'd often rather be doing something else), I might write more about Comcast than potentially anyone on the internet. By and large my experiences with Comcast's public relations department have actually been very positive, and on the very rare instance where they contact me to let me know a data point or statistic is in error (two or three times in a decade, looking at my inbox archive), I'm happy to correct it. But this is curiously the first issue that the company has felt the need to repeatedly reach out to me on, suggesting it's a potentially sensitive subject for some strange reason.

Comcast Really Wants Me To Stop Calling Their Top Lobbyist A 'Top Lobbyist'
So, out of respect for Comcast's integrity and this nation's great and unimpeachable legal apparatus, I've decided to acquiesce and start calling Cohen something different. I'm tossing around a number of potential titles. Funpants McGillicutty? Comcast's "Overlord of entirely-authentic-and-not-at-all-politically-motivated-altruism"? Doctor Shnitzel-Fuhrer? Surely readers have a few suggestions.

Comcast Really Wants Me To Stop Calling Their Top Lobbyist A 'Top Lobbyist' [Karl Bode/Techdirt]

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