Comcast, Time Warner Cable withdraw funding for dinner honoring FCC’s Clyburn

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Comcast and Time Warner Cable today withdrew their respective contributions towards a dinner that will honor FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn next month. The Kaitz Dinner is an annual event hosted by the Walter Kaitz Foundation, which champions greater diversity in the cable industry. This year, Clyburn will be honored with the “diversity advocate” award during the ceremony. According to Politico, Comcast had planned to spend $110,000 to earn itself the distinction of “presenting sponsor.” Time Warner Cable previously chipped in $22,000.

The timing of both Comcast and Time Warner Cable getting out their checkbooks raised red flags for at least one watchdog group, DC-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. “They’re honoring an FCC…

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