This article reconstructs the mechanisms underlying elections to supervisory boards of public media. The analysis is based on protocols of hearings conducted by the Parliamentary Investigation Commission, which investigated mechanisms of a paid protection and log-rolling among political elites in the so-called Rywin-gate. Starting from a description of clientelist connections under the communist regime and the role played by the nomenclature, the authors associate the mechanisms occurring during the previous regime with those observed in the National Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (KRRiT). From a formal point of view, the current procedures of selection to supervisory boards of public media differ from the nomenclature rules which applied during the communist time. Nevertheless, both of them resulted in similar development of informal connections and group interests. The rules of appointment in the post-communist Poland imitate the informal structures developed by the previous regime. The selection to supervisory boards exemplifies the mechanisms of reproduction of political elites and the cooptation inherited from communism.