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The Obama Revolving Door: Wheeler-dealer to FCC

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They said if I didn’t vote for Obama that the White House would “unshackle the revolving door and give lobbyists a shot at the government jobs” — and they were RIGHT!

Telecom lobbyist is the lead contender to head the FCC, Time reports:

Tom Wheeler, a well-regarded venture capitalist and former cable and wireless industry lobbyist, is the frontrunner to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, according to top telecom analysts and D.C. policy sources. Wheeler, who is currently managing director at D.C.-based firm Core Capital Partners, is a longtime Obama loyalist….

Earlier in his career, Wheeler served as president of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), and later as CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). In late March, more than two dozen public interest groups wrote to Obama expressing alarm that the president was considering a candidate “who was the head of not one but two major industry lobbying groups.”

Wheeler would follow approximately 60 other former lobbyists into the Obama administration.

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