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Franken Tries to Channel NBCU/Comcast Rage Into Campaign Cash

Feb 11, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken has already turned last week’s outspoken criticism of the Comcast-NBC Universal merger into a solicitation e-mail for donations to his campaign chest, B&C reports.

At a Senate hearing last week on the proposed merger, Franken aggressively questioned NBCU President Jeff Zucker and Comcast Chairman Brian Roberts on their intentions.

His email to supporters this week said, according to B&C, that "Combining a company who provides programming and one who provides the pipes that carry said programming would almost certainly be a raw deal for consumers and independent content producers alike," adding, "Click here to represent your opposition to this merger by supporting the vocal opposition (me) with a small, secure grassroots donation today!"

–Elizabeth Jensen

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