McDowell to Seek Counsel Regarding Possible Conflict of Interest

Mar 9, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Federal Communications Commission nominee Robert McDowell told Senate Commerce Committee members Thursday that he would seek counsel from agency attorneys to ensure that his actions as a commissioner would not raise conflict of interest concerns related to his current employment as senior VP and assistant general counsel for the trade group CompTel.

Mr. McDowell is in confirmation hearings with the Senate. Commerce committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said he will try to schedule a committee confirmation vote for March 16. If confirmed as the FCC’s fifth commissioner, Mr. McDowell will give FCC Chairman Kevin Martin a Republican majority at the agency.

Mr. McDowell will leave CompTel if confirmed to the FCC.