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Comcast and Time Warner Cable Spend $5 Million Lobbying in Q1

Two communications companies hoping to gain government approval of the planned merger of their operations, have reported spending $5.02 million lobbying the federal government in the last three months, according to new federal reports.  

Comcast Corporation,  the largest mass media and communications companyreported  spending $3,090,000 lobbying the federal government on all their issues during the first three months of 2014, a decrease from the $4,780,000 spent in the fourth quarter of 2013. During all of 2013, they spent $18,710,000 lobbying. Comcast is also the largest U.S. cable provider.  

Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Could Reduce DC Lobbying

The one big area where both the efforts of Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc. . overlap is in the Washington, D.C. area zip codes where they spend heavily on lobbying and political advertising.  

Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts said on Thursday that his company and Time Warner Cable do not operate in the same zip codes. But in the Washington, D.C. political arena, Comcast spent $18.7 million last year on lobbying and Time Warner Cable spent $8.3 million. This often included lobbying the same people on Capitol Hill and political advertising in magazines and newspapers that get wide circulation among the political elite and decision makers.