Daily Mail and General Trust plc, the British media company that owns ​national daily tabloid The Daily Mail, has hired government affairs consulting firm Carmen Group to ​lobby antitrust issues on Capitol Hill.

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D.C.-based Carmen Group will advocate anti-trust issues, as well as Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communication Commission related matters, according to lobbying registration documents filed with Congress in August.

Politico on Aug. 7 speculated whether the lobbying retainer signals that the media company could possibly be considering a stateside merger or acquisition.

Carmen Group president and CEO David Carmen leads the Daily Mail account, along with executive managing director Dal Harper.

Carmen, who founded Carmen Group in 1985, served as a political advisor to former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Other Carmen Group clients include Lionsgate, Georgetown University, Qualcomm, Sprint and Whole Foods.