Report: Ashcroft Offered To Lobby For XM Before NAB
March 5, 2007 at 5:50 AM (PT)
When he sent a letter to current Attorney General ALBERTO GONZALES last week opposing the XM-SIRIUS merger, former Attorney General JOHN ASHCROFT was working as a consultant to the NAB. But the WALL STREET JOURNAL is reporting that before he did so, he offered his lobbying services to XM SATELLITE RADIO and was turned down.
"After the merger was announced, Mr. ASHCROFT's firm contacted us about hiring him to assist us," said XM spokesman NATHANIEL BROWN. "We declined. Apparently the [NAB] opted to pay him to parrot their views."
After the merger was announced, Mr. Ashcroft's firm contacted us about hiring him to assist us... We declined.
ASHCROFT's spokesperson JULEANNA GLOVER WEISS responded, "We are often in contact with opposing interests on almost every major antitrust issue when the news first breaks. Working for the [NAB] was a clear call for ASHCROFT -- there are simply no substitutes in the marketplace for the product XM and SIRIUS sell."
The NAB's DENNIS WHARTON added that the organization "approached former Attorney General ASHCROFT to review the proposed XM-SIRIUS merger and offer his honest opinion as an antitrust expert. We are not aware of any alleged previous discussions between Mr. ASHCROFT and officials at either satellite radio company."