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Comcast hires an army of lobbyists

By Laurie Bennett

May 6, 2014 at 9:55am

Remember the episode of “The Sopranos” where Carmela realizes that Tony has contacted all the best divorce lawyers in town, to prevent her from hiring them?

That’s pretty much how opponents of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger should be feeling.

The merger requires approval from the Federal Communications Commission and either the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission.

The interactive Muckety map above shows the many lobby shops representing Comcast in Washington.

Six of them, including powerhouse Holland & Knight, have been added this year. Altogether, 34 outside firms represent the communications giant.

Hired guns include former staffers of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with Seth Bloom, former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee.

Comcast spent $18.8 million on federal lobbying last year. Expect another 8-figure total in 2014.

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