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Excerpted: Communications-related Headlines for 10/15/99

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Subject: Excerpted: Communications-related Headlines for 10/15/99

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[This is a little scary.  I guess if you're rich enough you really can be
 above the law... -psl]

Forwarded-by: Nev Dull <>
Forwarded-by: "Le Blanc, Jamal" <jamal@BENTON.ORG>

Issue: Antitrust

The Microsoft Corporation has decided to go after the source of much of its
recent legal problem--the Justice Department's antitrust division. The
software giant and its allies are lobbying Congress to reduce next year's
proposed funding for the division by about $9 million. The Clinton
administration is seeking $114.3 million to cover the salaries of 360
attorneys now in the antitrust division and to fund the hiring of about 18
more legal staff members. That would be an increase of about 16 percent over
the previous budget. While Senate appropriators have proposed a budget of
$112.3 million, the House figure is only $105.2 million. Nonprofit
organizations that receive financial support from the company have also
urged key congressional appropriators to limit spending for the division.
The nonprofit groups addressed Congress via a letter last month after an
all-expenses-paid trip to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., where
they were entertained and briefed on issues facing the company. Company
officials said they want to send a strong message to the antitrust division.
"It's no secret we really have some serious concerns about some of the
Department of Justice's conduct during the course of this litigation," said
Jack Krumholtz, director of federal government affairs for Microsoft.
[SOURCE: Washington Post (A1), AUTHOR: Dan Morgan and Juliet Eilperin]

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