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Nancy Pelosi aims to block media merger after receiving big campaign contribution from donor who lost out on deal

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After receiving a large donation from the owner of a group of cable TV networks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) "coincidentally" attempted to block a TV station merger deal, the New York Post reported on Wednesday.

Byron Allen, a former stand-up comedian who now owns a media empire, has been seeking to broaden his company's distribution by securing a deal with Tegna, a chain of 64 local television stations. However, the deal unraveled last year because of financing issues.

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