May 24, 2022

Biden nominee worked out broadcaster deal one day after nomination

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Federal Communications Division (FCC), Gigi Sohn, negotiated a legal deal with broadcasters the day after her nomination.

Sohn’s previous job as director of Locast was involved in a $32 million lawsuit over violation of copyright law. The day after her nomination, the repayment was lowered in a confidential agreement to approximately $700,000, according to Bloomberg Law.

The new agreement also released Locast leaders, including Sohn, from liability, according to the report.

Two Republican senators, Roger Wicker (MS) and Roy Blunt (MO) expressed concern over the timing of the settlement.

“The possibility of the nominee’s future financial liability to a number of companies regulated by the FCC, and the timing of this settlement in relation to her nomination, demands a full discussion by the committee to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the ability for this nominee to act without any cloud of ethical doubt,” Wicker said.

“The committee needs to hold a new hearing on this matter to provide the nominee an opportunity to fully address these concerns.”

The questionable agreement certainly needs a closer look as Biden has continued to push nominees with radical or questionable backgrounds into national leadership.

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