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Local leaders send letter to State Rep to lobby for Comcast on merger

As part of a lobbying flurry ahead of hearings yesterday on Comcast and NBC Universal's $30 billion merger, letters were sent to lawmakers to persuade them to think kindly upon the union.

Luke Ravensthal, the mayor of Pittsburg, wrote Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) recently saying he supports the merger. In his letter (pdf), the mayor said Comcast "has been an outstanding corporate partner in our city." Note the carbon copy note that it was also sent to a Mr. Frank Polito of Comcast.

And city council member Douglas Shields wrote (pdf) to Doyle: "Again, this merger holds the promise of great opportunity. It is good for the consumer, competition and the economy. I urge you to encourage serious consideration of the swift affirmation of the Comcast/NBCU union."

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Antitrust , Broadband  
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We are living constantly this kind of merger that really kills workplace. That is also a system to create big companies and abuse of the Monopolies laws. Who cares about the employees and their families? This problem is an every daily bread in the past 5 years. It is easier to accuse a president about ignorance of insight from their folks but nobody speaks about this Merger and bonus gifts. What it is about the many million that there are in spiel? Who from this so called companies pay taxes about these million dollars? We, the folk, cannot do anything but thinking and spiting against the wind waiting to receive some from this dirty but easy money for the ten thousand.

Posted by: dillier | February 8, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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