Meredith Attwell Baker said she did "everything to comply with the rules" when she decided to resign from her post as an FCC commissioner to become senior vice president of government affairs for Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) in Washington.
"I want people to understand that I haven't done anything wrong," Baker told the Philadelphia Inquirer as part of her blitz to answer an avalanche of questions from critics of her move.
John Dunbar, director of the Media and Broadband Project at the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University said that the move confirms "the worst suspicions that the regulators are there for the companies and not for the public," since only months ago Baker voted in favor of Comcast's controversial NBCUniversal takeover and now will be lobbying for NBCUniversal.
That approval process was "compromised," said Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a fervent opponent of the deal. "I do not believe there were no discussions of her going to work for Comcast before the deal was approved. I think she knew when she took that vote that she would be going to work for Comcast," Waters said.
Baker said there were "absolutely no conversations."
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