FCC's Kevin Martin Denies Abusing Power
January 22, 2009 at 5:06 AM (PT)
KEVIN MARTIN, the outgoing chairman of the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION, issued a scathing response WEDNESDAY to a House committee report that accused him of abusing his power at the commission, reports PC MAGAZINE. "In my view, the majority's report ignored relevant information, contained numerous errors and lacked substance," MARTIN wrote in a letter to Reps. HENRY WAXMAN and JOE BARTON, the chairman and ranking members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The committee's DECEMBER report accused MARTIN of abusing his power and creating an environment of fear and intimidation at the agency. They started investigating MARTIN in JANUARY 2008 after it received complaints about the chairman abusing FCC procedures and suppressing reports, data, and information.
"The quicker Mr. MARTIN leaves the FCC, I think it is better for the telecommunications industry," Rep. BART STUPAK of MICHIGAN, chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, said at the time.
MARTIN, a REPUBLICAN, resigned, effective TUESDAY, to make way for President BARACK OBAMA's choice for chairman -- reportedly former IAC/InterActive Corp. executive JULIUS GENACHOWSKI.