As the revolving door continues to spin and the line between regulators and companies they're supposed to oversee evaporates, the Wall Street Journal
today reports that Republican FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is poised to leave the FCC for a job at Comcast Corporation. "Ms. Baker is expected to announce her departure as soon as this week for an unknown position at the Philadelphia-based cable giant," notes the Journal
. Baker, who joined the FCC just two years ago, leaves the FCC just four months after she voted yes on Comcast's $13.75 billion acquisition of NBC. Bakers term is up in June, though she was expected to be re-nominated for the seat. Update
: Comcast has confirmed the hire, and Baker will report directly to Kyle Mcslarrow at Comcast/NBC Universal. McSlarrow just made a lateral move from the cable industry's chief lobbying organization (the NCTA) to Comcast, and his position at the NCTA was filled by former FCC boss Michael Powell
. Baker has issued a press statement saying she's leaving the FCC June 3, though she fails to mention the fact she's going to Comcast -- apparently in the hopes you won't notice this looks bad after her support of NBC/Comcast.Update 2
: For those wondering, one of our commenters notes
that it's perfectly legal for Comcast to hire Baker so quickly from an agency that oversees them -- she just can't have lobbying contact with the highest level FCC officials for
two years. Of course that still doesn't mean the move is ethical, or that there aren't questions to be asked about the level of contact between Comcast and Baker during the NBC review while Baker supposedly was employed in the public trust.