Comcast Gives $854K to Subcommittee With Jurisdiction Over FCC

Comcast Corp., the largest cable company in the U.S., is moving to combine with its chief rival, Time Warner Inc., the second largest cable company in the U.S. Because the deal would further consolidate the telecommunications industry, it is likely to face scrutiny from federal officials — possibly from an antitrust perspective at the Department of Justice, but more likely from a public interest perspective at the Federal Communications Commission.

Comcast has been among the top corporate donors to members of Congress, and following the money shows that they have been focusing their giving on members of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which has jurisdiction over the Federal Communications Commission.

  • House members of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology received $853,525 from Comcast from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012.
  • Contributions from Comcast to House members serving in the 109th, 110th, 111th and 112th Congresses total $6,678,446 from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012.
  • Representative Greg Walden, R-Ore., Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has received $53,000 from Comcast from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012.
  • Representative John Dingell, D-Mich., has received $100,775 from Comcast from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012 more than any other member of the House of Representatives. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to members of Congress from PACs and employees of Comcast Corp., from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012. If our work has been helpful to you, please consider supporting us.

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