By Jon Brodkin
The US senators from Comcast’s home state of Pennsylvania, who have received nearly $185,000 from a Comcast committee and employees, urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve Comcast’s purchase of Time Warner Cable “as soon as possible.”
“Comcast has informed us that the proposed merger will produce substantial benefits for the public, and that the company has acted proactively to prevent anti-competitive effects,” US Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday.
Casey received $114,175 from Comcast’s political action committee (PAC) and employees or employee family members between 2009 and 2014, according to OpenSecrets.org. Toomey received $70,600 from Comcast interests. Comcast’s PAC is a prolific donor, even giving to opponents such as Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).