Friend of the Devil: Meredith Baker Leaves FCC to Lobby for Comcast

You know you’ve done something wrong when a suspected con-man and arsonist is questioning your decisions.

Last week, Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski that questioned the hiring of commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker by Comcast. Baker, one of two Republican appointed by President Obama in 2009, accepted a position as “senior vice president of governmental affairs for NBC Universal” earlier this month. In other words, Baker is now a Comcast lobbyist.

All of this comes, of course, after Baker’s vote in favor of the Comcast-NBC merger. And the switch from the public sector to the private apparently couldn’t come soon enough for Baker, who commented on March 2nd that merger “took too long”, thus revealing her true intentions.

While Baker’s disregard for the public interest is self evident, what is even more worrisome is the blatancy of Baker’s move. The audacity of Baker to vote for the merger, resign from her position, and join the ranks of Comcast in a matter of weeks proves that Washington deal-makers feel such moves are either unimportant to the public or ethically sound.

This revolving door policy happens all too frequently, and simple science says that sooner or later that door should come back around and hit someone in the ass.

Help give it a push. If you have had enough, please take a moment to ensure that justice is served and this matter is investigated properly by signing this petition.

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