The Washington Blade says religious right leader Ralph Reed has been advocating on behalf of Comcast as the Philly-based cable giant attempts to merge with Time Warner Cable.
Century Strategies, the Atlanta-based firm Reed owns, has been on retainer with Comcast for eight or 10 years, the source said.
Reed has a long history of working to curtail LGBT rights as a leader in the social conservative movement. During the 1990s, he was executive director of the Christian Coalition and criticized the policies of the Clinton administration.
Just last week, Reed, during the annual Faith & Freedom Coalition conference, made the striking comparison of federal court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Dred Scott case, which affirmed slavery rights in the United States.
Neither Comcast nor Century Strategies would comment. Comcast has faced opposition to the merger from conservatives, however, so it wouldn’t be unexpected for the company to try to engage conservative groups as it seeks approval to proceed. [Washington Blade]