Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai is under investigation by the FCC for corruption charges, according to a new report.
The investigation was requested by two Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ (D-MD). They stated that Pai pushed for rule changes to benefit Sinclair Broadcasting in its attempt to acquire Tribune Media.
“For months I have been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations about Chairman Pai’s relationship with Sinclair Broadcasting,” Pallone said, in a statement. “I am particularly concerned about reports that Chairman Pai may have coordinated with Sinclair to time a series of Commission actions to benefit the company. I am grateful to the FCC’s Inspector General that he has decided to take up this important investigation.”
Back in April, Pai seemed to help Sinclair with a $3.9 billion deal to snap up Tribune when he suggested changing rules about how many stations broadcasters could own.
The FCC’s Inspector General is now looking into whether Pai’s push for the new rules was timed to benefit Sinclair.
Pai last year led the agency’s successful rollback of Obama-era net neutrality regulations which caused major backlash and he even received death threats, according to reports.
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