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Senator Helps Comcast Sell Services, Confused By Backlash
by Karl Bode 04:43PM Friday Aug 01 2014 Tipped by mob See Profile
Comcast was forced to cancel a promotional event at a Senator's home after the Kansas City Star pointed out the dubious ethics of a Senator directly helping sell Comcast services. According to the Kansas City Star, Comcast had planned to host an event at the home of Kansas Senator Julia Lynn to demonstrate Comcast's home security and home automation services. "We can control everything … remotely from our iPhone or iPad, even on the Senate floor!” Lynn gushed in the original press release.

Lynn previously helped push through a bill on behalf of Comcast that would limit Comcast's community broadband competitors in the state of Kansas. When pressed on whether not a Senator should be helping to advertise a cable company's services, Lynn simply stated that she thought it would be a nice way for her to help understand how security services work:
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Lynn said she thought the Comcast demonstration would give her a better understanding of how security technology works. "If there is a venue to do that as a state senator, what’s the problem with that?” she said.
Of course most of the politicians and telecom employees that let giant telecom companies literally write state law don't see a problem with that, either.

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blatantly shilling for her favorite free money machine

she needs to be investigated for ethics violations. also, i cant really question her ethics since ive seen no evidence she even has any. but let them investigate her. why not?
rfrooney

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Re: blatantly shilling for her favorite free money machine

Word.

mob
On the next level..
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This is Kansas - she will be held up as an example of "free enterprise and freedom, freedom, low taxes, freedom and freedom".

cork1958
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"she needs to be investigated for ethics violations"

Personally,
I think EVERY ONE of our elected officials need to be investigated as we all know they are all crooked as heck! I bet we'd find at least 75% of them have major skeletons in the closet!

Have to admit, this elected official definitely sounds like a real winner to have thought this wasn't a conflict of interest!
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dra6o0n

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Re: blatantly shilling for her favorite free money machine

And the moment someone tries to, they vanish and is never seen again.

newview
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oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

If this Senator is so dumb she cannot see the conflict of interest, she is too dumb to be a Senator ...

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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

doesn't speak too well for those that voted her in either.

newview
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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

... could be because the other choice was even worse, sorta like picking between bad or worse.
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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

Yes, exactly. Or may be there was no choice at all...

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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

That's EXACTLY how Comcast likes it ... as evidenced by lack of choice in Comcast franchise areas.

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said by newview:

... could be because the other choice was even worse, sorta like picking between bad or worse.

lol... "Ok, this choice sucks; but this choice sucks less!"

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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

said by weaseled386:

said by newview:

... could be because the other choice was even worse, sorta like picking between bad or worse.

lol... "Ok, this choice sucks; but this choice sucks less!"

It's usually more "I don't care enough to have an informed opinion, but I've seen more commercials for this one"

And thus, the candidate with better funding wins.

newview
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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

And you get an "I Voted" sticker when you leave to prove you've fulfilled your civic responsibility ... so it's all good, huh? /sarcasm

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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

Just do like I do, go in, do a throwaway third party vote or write-in, and then leave.

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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

said by Goliath2k:

Just do like I do, go in, do a throwaway third party vote or write-in, and then leave.

I do the same although I don't consider it a throwaway. I call it voting my heart.

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said by newview:

If this Senator is so dumb she cannot see the conflict of interest, she is too dumb to be a Senator ...

If she is dumb enough to need Comcast to explain how Home Security technology works (which was her cover story), then we definitely don't need her making decisions for the country.

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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

said by Camelot One:

said by newview:

If this Senator is so dumb she cannot see the conflict of interest, she is too dumb to be a Senator ...

If she is dumb enough to need Comcast to explain how Home Security technology works (which was her cover story), then we definitely don't need her making decisions for the country.

She is a STATE SENATOR, not a US senator. So she isn't making decisions for the country.

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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

So you don't have a problem with her shilling for Comcast?

Jim Kirk
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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

Nope. Honest question.

PlusOne

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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

said by Jim Kirk:

Nope. Honest question.

Sorry. It was trolling .

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Re: oh wait ... that's the way Comcast likes them

said by Jim Kirk:

So you don't have a problem with her shilling for Comcast?

Jimothy Kirk, you are well played. I lol
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glad I am not the only one who's first thought was to wonder how much Comcast gave her campaign in trade for some shilling
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said by PlusOne :

She is a STATE SENATOR, not a US senator. So she isn't making decisions for the country.

Shilling for Comcast is shilling, whether at the national or STATE level and she is in a position to influence laws. Ethics are for the common folks -- not elected officials.

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Well said.

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Seriously?

"Lynn said she thought the Comcast demonstration would give her a better understanding of how security technology works. 'If there is a venue to do that as a state senator, what’s the problem with that?' she said."

HAHAHAHAHA

Need to work on your lying skills, Julia.

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Re: Seriously?

She has neglected take Comcast's course ... Lying 101

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"Senator" is somewhat misleading

This post ought to be updated to note it's about a state senator, not a US senator. Not that US senators wouldn't do something this dumb, but it would be something of a bigger deal in that case.
verta

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Re: "Senator" is somewhat misleading

This.

Karl, can you please add State to the title of the post?
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Re: "Senator" is somewhat misleading

that's how he generates hits from Google.

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New around here?

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Corruption complete

It's funny. Congress creatures used to be discrete about being bought but now they don't even care. Shows how broken our system is.
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That we've got the best politicians that money can buy.

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State senator conflict of interest.

Here in Georgia we see a lot of this. State representatives and senators are part time employees. The low pay and short sessions mean that usually only the relatively very wealthy can afford to run for office. There is a lot of lobbyist supplied food during the legislative session. There are a lot of football tickets, baseball tickets, fishing trips, hunting trips, and arts tickets for legislators, provided by lobbyists. The lobbyists say they are just helping the underpaid staffers, representatives, and senators stretch their meager funding. It was the same lobbyists who demanded that the legislature be part time and low pay. If they really cared we would have full time well paid legislators with proper staffing. That might help attract wiser but less wealthy persons to the legislature.

A regular government employee on the other hand cannot accept any sit down meals from a potential contractor. They can only partake of buffets that are open to a general audience. Those large conventions for electronics or machinery for example, where you have attendees from all over the world. Of course the buffets there mainly consist of low cost miniature candy bars, donuts, cookies, coffee, diluted fruit juice, and iced tea. A very few are better, with low cost miniature sandwiches and real fruit. They certainly cannot accept entertainment tickets. They get to pick up the low cost pens, pencils, and notepads that are handed out.
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Re: State senator conflict of interest.

We have a "full time" legislature in PA, and trust me when you say you do not want that. They actually spend very little time in office, and do nothing except suck up taxpayer money. Our legislature is one of the most corrupt and most expensive in the country.