Comcast management boasts that 70 mayors and 60 other state and local officials support its merger with Time Warner, but that isn’t surprising; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who backs the merger received a total of $100, 000 from Comcast through the years. If Comcast joins forces with Time Warner, the result will be a gargantuan cable and ISP company. Comcast chief executive vice president and chief merger lobbyist David Cohen singled out Mayor Emanuel’s approval of the merger, and said he was “proud to have his support.”
Comcast donated $50, 000 to Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for mayor, including $5, 000 from Cohen personally, as well as $46, 000 when he ran for Congress in the 2000s. Around $25, 000 went to Emanuel when he was Chairman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Comcast management stated, “We have a long history of working with officials and community groups to improve the areas where our customers and our employees live and work.”
And that work is obviously not volunteer work.