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Progressives Mass to Oppose Bannon as Trump Advisor

A coalition of progressive groups took to Capitol Hill Thursday to deliver a petition with more than a million signatures calling on Congress to oppose President-elect Donald Trump's choice of media exec Steve Bannon as senior counsel and chief strategist.

Bannon was the executive chairman of Breitbart News, the conservative website. He joined the Trump campaign in August as chief executive officer. He also had a show on SiriusXM Radio.

Joining coalition members for the delivery was Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who called on the President early on to rescind the pick. and Free Press were among the groups delivering the petition.

"Progressives stand united in holding to account elected officials from either party who enable Bannon—and supporting those with the moral courage to speak out and fight back," said Ben Wikler,’s Washington director.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.