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Comcast adds analyst Rebecca Arbogast to lobbying team

September 12, 2011 | 11:23 am

Comcast Corp. has tapped media analyst Rebecca Arbogast as vice president of global policy in its Washington office.

In her previous job as a managing director at investment firm Stifel Financial Corp., Arbogast specialized in regulation policy and its impact on media and telecommunications companies.

Before becoming an analyst in 2001, Arbogast worked at the Federal Communications Commission as chief of the International Bureau of Telecommunications where she oversaw a team of attorneys, economists and engineers charged with reviewing international mergers and setting regulations for foreign companies looking to do business in the United States. She joined the FCC in 1997 from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. She started her legal practice with the powerful D.C. law firm Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering.

At Comcast, Arbogast will report to Kyle McSlarrow, president of Comcast/NBC Universal Washington

She will fill some of the void left by Joe Waz, a longtime Comcast senior vice president and lobbyist who left at the end of April after 17 years with the cable giant. Waz has since become a consultant and counts Comcast as a client.

Comcast has been beefing up its already large lobbying team in Washington. Last May, the company recruited Meredith Attwell Baker directly from the FCC, where she was a Republican commissioner, to serve as the company's senior vice president of government affairs for its NBCUniversal unit.

The hiring of Baker so soon after the FCC approved Comcast's acquisition of programming giant NBC Universal raised eyebrows inside the beltway. Media watchdogs criticized the hire as a blatant example of the revolving door between Washington and corporate America.


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