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Congress starts digging into FCC chair’s behavior

Thu, 03/13/2008 - 8:47am
Brian Santo

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has begun its investigation into the way Kevin Martin has conducted himself as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a move telegraphed by the Committee back in December (story here). 

The Committee, chaired by Rep. John Dingell, has demanded documents pertaining to the relaxation of media ownership restrictions and various regulatory provisions aimed at cable operators.

Dingell originally voiced his concerns to Martin in December. Dingell’s written notice included a statement from Dingell’s House colleague, Rep. Bart Stupak, the chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, who said he had received several complaints about Martin from others at the FCC.

Stupak added: “It is one thing to be an aggressive leader, but many of the allegations indicate possible abuse of power and an attempt to intentionally keep fellow Commissioners in the dark. I look forward to investigating these concerns to be sure that the FCC Chairman is not disenfranchising his fellow Commissioners and the American public he is supposed to serve.”

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