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Hammer Strategies leads public affairs campaigns on global policy issues, antitrust and merger reviews at the FCC, FTC, Justice Department, CFIUS, and European Commission.

Press Results

strategy + Messaging = Press.

Some of Ben Hammer's media placements for clients include:

Editorial Boards & Columnist briefings

Briefing editors can generate unsigned opinions that validate key facts and arguments.

Google’s Flight Search becoming formidable, which could be a problem,” By Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, January 5, 2012

“I can’t imagine this breathtaking dominance escaping the attention of regulators much longer. But if it does — if Google takes over travel — there could be serious and long-lasting consequences that could harm consumers and businesses. Imagine what might happen to an airline or hotel company that disagrees with the way Google prices its products when it holds a commanding market share in travel? It could be cut off from millions of customers with a single keystroke..”

Google's proposed ITA acquisition deserves careful review,” Editorial Board, Washington Post, January 2, 2011

“Justice should not confine its review but should also consider the implications of allowing an already formidable Internet power to continue to expand its reach and consolidate its grip over a range of Internet commerce… Regulators must review the deal closely to ensure that Google's vast power and reach do not unfairly hinder others' ability to compete or deprive consumers of innovations not yet imagined.”

Comcast and NBC,” Editorial Board, New York Times, December 6, 2010

The F.C.C. and the Justice Department must carefully assess potential threats to the new competition and put precise conditions on a merger to prevent the new media goliath from stamping it out… The issue is that the merged company would own both a major producer of TV and movies and the dominant distributor of TV and movies in big media markets."

Can Comcast connect?” Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2009

Some consumer advocates warn that the acquisition could lead to a bevy of anti-competitive abuses. The new, combined company would have an incentive to crush online video upstarts, shut out independent cable networks and gouge local advertisers, they warn.”

Op-Eds & Signed Columns

Placing a column for a client or ally puts their best case forward, unfiltered.

Guest columnist: The unchecked power of Google threatens rural, small businesses,” Des Moines Register, By Dan Kelley, September 4, 2011

“It should concern every small business in America that Google has the power to change its ranking of your site without warning, explanation or any sort of appeals process… Google’s unchecked power to literally flip a switch and cut off the Internet traffic that small and rural businesses rely on to support real jobs raises important questions.”

Google’s Search Tactics Warrant Antitrust Scrutiny: Commentary,” By Tom Barnett, BloombergBusiness, May 16, 2011

“It’s important for consumers that antitrust enforcers thoroughly investigate Google’s activities to ensure that competition and innovation on the Internet remain vibrant. The ITA decision is a great win for consumers; even bigger issues and threats remain.”

A Bipartisan Message to Google from the U.S. Senate: ‘We don’t trust you. By Mark Corallo, RedState.com, September 2011

“When two senators not only agree on an issue but are willing to do something about it, the seismic tremors can be felt from the halls of the FTC right up to Google’s executive suites.”

Opinion: Google's buy of ITA could limit online travel choices,” By Terry Jones, San Jose Mercury News, November 14, 2010

“Allowing Google to acquire ITA could lead to less competition and innovation in online travel services. More importantly, this deal could also lead to higher costs for travelers.  The Justice Department has the power to ensure that consumers are not harmed by Google's acquisition of ITA, and I would urge it to continue to take a hard look at this transaction's impact.”

Blazer TV access: Stop hogging the ball, Comcast,” By Brian Frederick, Sports Fans Coalition, Portland Oregonian, October 15, 2010

“Comcast should be forced to account for how it has broken its promise with Trail Blazers fans immediately. Oregon citizens should contact their elected officials and ask them to speak out publicly against the merger until Comcast stops abusing the loyalty of Blazers fans. If ever there was a time for sports fans to demand answers from Comcast, it's now.”

tv & Radio appearances by Ben Hammer

Hotels accused of hiding fees until you book, or even later,” Consumer Report with Jason Stoogenke, WSOC-TV Charlotte, N.C., August 25, 2015

Watch out for hidden resort fees,” WRAL-TV, Charlotte, N.C., August 4, 2015

Ben Hammer – Spokesman for Fairsearch.org talks about how Google just mightbe altering your search results,” Capital City Recap with Michael Cohen, 1320 WILS-AM Lansing, Michigan, July 14, 2014

Monopoly: Google Edition - FTC Close To Filing Antitrust Case Vs. Google,” HuffPostLive video, October 19,
2012

Web Advocate Discusses Google Hearing,” KMSP-TV Fox 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul, September 21, 2011

Local tv & Radio Hits

TV: CNBC Squawk on the Street; CNN John King USA; Bloomberg West show (3); Fox 9 Twin Cities (MN); KPRC TV (Houston).

Radio: NPR, All Things Considered; Southern California Public Radio, Patt Morrison Show; Fox Business Radio (National); WAMU-FM 88.5 (DC), Kojo Nnamdi Show; KPCC-FM 86.3 (LA) AirTalk with Larry Mantle; KIRO-FM Seattle; True North Radio, WDEV, AM 550 & FM 96.1, and on WTWK, 1070 AM (VT); Mark Johnson Show, WDEV FM 96.1 and AM 550 (VT); Fallon Forum, 98.3 WOW-FM (Iowa); Jim Reith Show, WSYR 570 AM (NY); KGNU FM/AM (Denver).