Infowars, Breitbart, Drudge Could Soon Face An FEC 'Inquisition' Over Russian "Collusion"

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Authored by Alexander Paul via PlanetFreeWill.com,

Conservative news outlets like Infowars, Breitbart and the Drudge Report could soon be facing an inquisition from the FEC for coordinating with the Russians to blitz the realm of social media with deceptive anti-Clinton stories that effectively could have influenced the 2016 presidential election.

This could happen if top Federal Election Commission Democrat, Ellen Weintraub, is able to get her way during this Thursday’s FEC meeting.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The plan, set for discussion at Thursday’s FEC meeting, could open the door to political subpoenas targeting the websites, their editorial news decisions, and their owners, maybe even Matt Drudge and Alex Jones, according to an expert analysis.

 

In her effort targeting foreign influence in federal and state elections, Commissioner Ellen Weintraub would probe spending by overseas sources and even partially-foreign-owned U.S. firms on campaigns, including their media buys. Foreign influence is illegal in elections.

 

She said that tackling foreign influence in elections could be the FEC’s finest hour, adding, “I believe that this Commission can indeed rise to the challenge of understanding what happened in the 2016 election and plugging any legal or procedural holes that could allow foreign actors to interfere with our future elections.”

 

Politico recently reported that “Weintraub’s interest was piqued by an article published last week by Time magazine that revealed intelligence officials had evidence that Russian agents bought Facebook ads to disseminate election-themed stories. It also indicated that congressional investigators were examining whether Russian efforts to spread such content were boosted by two U.S. companies with deep ties to Trump — Breitbart News and Cambridge Analytica.”

The Time Magazine article which influenced Weintraub also pointed to Russian ties to conservative ownership and funding as a potential target of investigators. The report reads, citing McClatchy, “FBI counterintelligence investigators were probing whether far-right sites like Breitbart News and Infowars had coordinated with Russian botnets to blitz social media with anti-Clinton stories, mixing fact and fiction when Trump was doing poorly in the campaign.”

The FEC will decide at this Thursday’s meeting whether or not to investigate websites like the Drudge Report, Infowars, Breitbart, and others on the right for violating election spending rules by allowing advertising on their Facebook pages by Russian entities.

“It’s pretty easy to see how this quickly becomes an inquisition into conservative media outlets,” an elections laws expert and critic of the Weintraub bid told the Washington Examiner.

 

“Commissioner Weintraub appears to be laying the groundwork to subpoena people at Breitbart, Drudge, and Infowars – maybe even Matt Drudge and Alex Jones themselves,” he added.

Infowars founder Alex Jones responded on Tuesday to the news of Weintraub’s actions by saying that he is under a “criminal espionage investigation by the FBI,” and denied ever taken any money from Russia.

“I have never gotten one scintilla of money from Russia. I’ve never got any directives from Russia,’ Jones said. “This is outrageous! I mean, they want us shut down.”

On his Tuesday Broadcast, Jones was correct to point out that this Russian election tampering narrative that will not go away in Democratic circles has been, as CNN’s Van Jones put it so eloquently, a “nothing burger.”

According to Jones, Infowars is almost exclusively funded by sales from their online store which sells books, water filters, and nutritional supplements. The rest of the funding is transparent, according to Jones, who said his organization receives funding from third party ad generators like Google and AdBlade.

The Infowars founder said that he would be willing to testify publically before Congress.

Ellen Weintraub has been a big opponent of the Citizens United decision expanding corporate political spending and foreign ownership in politically active U.S. firms and in the past has denied claims of targeting or regulating the media or internet sites. She was part of the FEC commission who targeted Fox News in 2015.

In her proposal, she wrote, “the American public is justifiably alarmed by the reports of foreign attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” She added, “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for our democracy.”

“It is this Commission’s duty to do respond, and to respond forcefully. Whether a hostile foreign power provided anything of value in connection with a federal, state, or local election goes to the very heart of the Federal Election Commission’s mission and jurisdiction,” the proposal continued.

The possible FEC Inquisition is coming at an interesting time, as it has been recently revealed that the U.S. actually has a big problem with foreign influence in its election; that is, in the form of noncitizen voters.

The research organization Just Facts in New Jersey has taken a fresh look at post-election polling data and concluded that the number of noncitizens voting illegally in U.S. elections is likely far greater than previous estimates.

The group found that many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, playing a large role in the election win of Barack Obama.

The work of professors at Old Dominion University in Virginia also found that as many as 2.8 million noncitizens could have voted in 2008.

For 2012, Just Facts said that 3.2 million to 5.6 million noncitizens were registered to vote and 1.2 million to 3.6 million of them voted.

The suspicion over illegal votes being cast in U.S. elections sparked the Trump Administration to create a commission on election fraud to investigate voter fraud and voter suppression.

Trump has alleged that some 3-5 million illegals voted in the 2016 election, robbing him of a better result in the popular vote.

The commission had given states until July 14 to provide data including names, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers of voters but has since delayed the data turnover as the Administration awaits the ruling of a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington.

While the mainstream media railed against any claim that noncitizens voted in 2016, all it takes is a turn to the evidence in North Carolina where an independent and bipartisan agency that oversees elections in the state found hundreds of illegal votes, including votes cast by felons and non-citizens, double voting, voter impersonation, and irregularities that affected mail-in absentee ballots.

With an estimated 11-12 million illegal aliens roaming the Unites States and the lax voting controls in many areas, it seems very foolish to deny that non-citizens voted in 2016. It is even more foolish to continue to case Russian influence in the election when it is clear that the vote count in the U.S. may have been bloated due to the lack of border security and voting legitimacy.

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Schmuck Raker's picture

I think the FEC shooting itself in the foot is a good thing. More press for the named Inquisitionees. Win/win.

We Are The Priests's picture

Speaking of shooting.  Zero'ed the new Vortex Crossfire II Hog Hunter 3x-12x-56mm scope mounted on the FA .308 War Hog.  Grouping shots within 1MOA @ 200yds.  Going out tomorrow to set up the 800yd shot for final dial-in.  I'm so happy!!

ebworthen's picture

"Shew us yur paperz!"

Her Merkel, the former resident of Eastern Germany and the STASI, approves!

Thorny Xi's picture

So could Zero Hedge ...

bluskyes's picture

Alex jones in public testimony. That would be entertaining.

grunk's picture

I bet he would do well in front of Congress.

Imagine him going on about gay frogs and gun rights.

It would be must see TV.

We Are The Priests's picture

The launching of truth bombs on congress by Jones and Drudge will never be televised, if it happens at all.

HRH Feant2's picture

I would love to see Alex in front of Congress! Drudge too! Bring it on!

I listen to Alex six days a week. Why? He is entertaining. But he also breaks news that the MSM won't touch. Is he over the top? Hell yes! I think he is funny, smart, a great businessman, a mentor to younger people.

Huge fan of Infowars, Prison Planet, and Alex!

Hulk's picture

Bring it on !!! Jones is eloquently vocal and quite smart !!!

We Are The Priests's picture

Just another circus side show that drives ratings for msm and congress critters, while distracting the Sheeple away from the reality of $20 Trillion in national debt, failing pensions, asset forfeiture/seizure, and $40 Trillion missing from the coffers.

This move, and so many others like it contained within the larger, "The Russians Did It!!" narrative were always part of the globalist plan to take down the conservative/Christian right.  Not getting Hillary in has slowed that mission, but certainly has not thwarted it.

The bail-ins are coming.  Maybe helicopter money, too.  Of course, you won't be able to buy shit with it, but it will keep the sheeple from grabbing the torches and pitchforks; well, at least for a little longer, anyway.

Ms No's picture

OT but of import to people who check in with RT, I have had problems checking it on my cell.  I keep getting this "YOU ARE CHOSEN" deal where I have to turn my phone off and on again to remove it from my screen.  Somebody obviously doesn't want us reading RT.  Today there is article on there I would like to read about some Israeli corporation compromising Verizon customers.  Unfortunately I have been unable to read the article because now they have stepped it up a notch and I now have a new screen dominating program telling me I have virus and my info might be compromised and it includes a timer.  If that happens, being that it never has before, I will simply go back to my flip phone assuming that Verizon is in on the problem.  Then I will spend the time removing Microsoft and every one of these predatory Bolshevik companies from my life and pocket book wherever possible.

 

xrxs's picture

Red pills are schedule I.

We Are The Priests's picture

So glad I got mine early; credit to Alvin Toffler and Neil Postman.

WillyGroper's picture

"YOU ARE CHOSEN"

there's some irony on that one.

;D

HRH Feant2's picture

I have had those on my IPad. I was told that I needed to update my OS but Apple no longer updates older OSs.

You can clear you history and restart. Pain in the fucking ass.

grunk's picture

Why doesn't she jump ugly with Facebook?

They took the ads.

Meatier Shower's picture

I hope that Ellen Weintraub is foolish and desperate enough to subpoena Drudge and Jones, and have them testify publically.

She has no concept of the size of the shitstorn of truth that they can and will rain down on her commitee, and Congress in general.

That would truly be epic TV.

Bopper09's picture

Foreign intervention?  Look no further than the clinton foundation.

 

 

WillyGroper's picture

more distraction from the collapse.

aj play'n his part as we all know the muzzie invasion has taken over the frb.

41:30 for all the ding'n putz's.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc4XCZqXaA8

he is clearly compromised & working the religion division.

 

the whole alleged "refugee" issue is history repeating by the same babylonian ptb.  "An Economic History of Rome" by Frank Tenny.

Juvenal: "The Tiber had captured the waters of the Syrian Orantes."

Chris88's picture

Drudge isn't even a proprietary news site, it's a bunch of links compiled into a 1997 HTML format.  Not at all defending the FEC action, but I just don't see how you could remotely claim they did anything.  

We Are The Priests's picture

Well, according to my ex-wife, Drudge skews the readers understanding of say, a Huff Post article, by the way he writes the headline that serves as the link to said article.

Yeah, she's my ex-wife for good reason.

HRH Feant2's picture

Good move if your ex was that stupid.

NAV's picture

America is at the peak of the crisis now  -  the crisis in government that forced the election of Donald J. Trump. The deeper the crisis gets, the higher the stakes.

When Globalism is at the point it has to impeach a president, that’s as far as it goes. It’s comparable to the coup d’etat in Ukraine – where the (((bankers))) forced a revolution and the ouster of the government. 

It’s the same people and their goals are the same. And they’re not only unhappy with Trump, they’re unhappy with the people who voted for him. If they could do something crippling to you and to me , they would be happy to do it.

If Trump goes down or fails, the culture will fight back because honest and hard working Americans want an America with strong families; they want a moral society. And they will fight for it. An attack by the Left on a sitting president gives them a cause to fight for. And I expect the backlash to be a significant response, just as the election was a significant response to ObamaCare, to Soros and BLM, to the multinationals’ trade deals, to the Left’s open borders, to Left's attack on America’s white Christian culture.

Trump really did win in a landslide against large odds. The election was not close; it was a huge, significant victory, probably one of the most significant events in a century, pitting two warring factions against one another. And conservative, patriotic America won.  It portends what the next fight will be… and the stakes are much larger now.

MuffDiver69's picture

Yeppers..This Russia crap has been good for country...Those who are glued to this garbage answer the question of how people can line others up along trenches and blow them away...The rest of us get a living lesson in out of control institutions that have had the veil lifted...There is no going back,,They impeach Trump and the country burns...

We Are The Priests's picture

I can't wait to see what's going to happen when the government tries to chip the Christians.  My bet is that will fly as 'bout as well as a led balloon.

"Damn those Bible tot'en, gun sling'en, bitter clingers.  They just won't fall in line with the program.  Well, guess we're just going to have to kill 'em all."

rockstone's picture

"If Trump goes down or fails, the culture will fight back because honest and hard working Americans want an America with strong families; they want a moral society. And they will fight for it."

Most of them sold their souls long ago and went away without as much as a whimper.......let alone a fight. Those that remained in 2016 were like drowning men grasping at whatever they could hold on to in order to keep two different worlds. They wanted the comfort of a strong moral America without the sacrifice. The chose to have their pop culture, their kids at the right school, Chinese everything and a gazillion dollars of debt. And they never, ever wanted to make a fuss or look out of place.
See making a stand that didn't involve a hat or a colored ribbon or a tee shirt and barbecue was never their forte and we're way beyond that now.

They're about to lose their grip on everything and sink away forever.

PitBullsRule's picture

There's no crisis at all.  Stock markets up, house prices are up, unemployments down, everybody is hap-hap-hapy except you asshole!  The only question is when and where will they plug that asshole, and I'm betting its a woman.  

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Again talking to the mirror? Unfortunate.

Singelguy's picture

Let me help you. The Fed has printed over $4 trillion since 2008 and that money largely went to Wall Street and resulted in highly inflated stock and bond prices. Unrmployment and inflation numbers are all cooked. Cost of living keeps rising due to the true inflationary effects of the money printing, while wages remain stagnant which gives consumers less purchasing power. Shopping malls are closing and consumers are up to their eyeballs in debt. The national debt doubled from $10 trillion to $20 trillion under Obama. Interest rates are kept close to zero otherwise the government would be broke just paying the interest on that debt. In the meantime, savers get nothing and pensioners are forced to either take big risks or chew up their savings in order to pay their bills. So here is the bottom line. The government and the consumer is up to their eyeballs in debt. They can just pay their bills. The average American has less than $1000 in the bank. You think everyone is happy? Think again!

runnymede's picture

Im not so sure we're at peak yet. We're in uncharted waters of ridiculousness for sure; but there's more sharks to jump I suspect. Still too much TPTB control

dogismycopilot's picture

How much money will this Russian investigation cost?

land_of_the_few's picture

It will require all of it. And happily distract all the senators from anything boring like actual current events or doing something.

Chris88's picture

Here, Ellen, let me explain the election outcome.  The Democrats ran the most hated corrupt bitch in history against a slightly less hated ass clown.  The sightly less hated ass clown's message of a fence and protectionism won over the more hated bitch's message, particularly in states she neglected that he was able to convince tariffs would bring their jobs back.  Case closed, no foreign meddling.

MuffDiver69's picture

Bring it on...Looks like we're going to have to round up a whole bunch of lefties and just end their miserable existence...Who the fuck thinks like this that deserves anything dignified in response..These people need to be dealt with and severely so....CNN is worried someone is going to hurt one of em...Go figure..

Ms No's picture

<----  Don't trust Breihtbart, Info Wars or Drudge either.

<-----  Trust them.

runnymede's picture

Define trust before I vote

Swampthedrain's picture

All of these sites are Zio controlled opposition.  The Deep State tries to link anything with the Russian shtick if they seem to be gaining too much ground.

1.21 jigawatts's picture

(((Weintraub))). 

(((They're))) jumping the Kosher shark.

wains's picture

Is there anything worse than a person, group, entity that screws something up, will not take responsibility for said screw up and then work tirelessly TO BLAME SOMEONE ELSE?? I hated those guys in sports early in life and I hate those type guys at work now. 

It's  their own damn fault they foisted Hitlery upon everyone and put her on the ticket. Hell Bernie prolly would've beaten Trump. Hitlery was the definition of un-electable.  They're the fools for not knowing that. Bunch of turds.

Ms No's picture

"Is there anything worse than a person, group, entity that screws something up, will not take responsibility for said screw up and then work tirelessly TO BLAME SOMEONE ELSE?"

That is classic narcissism.  I have been reading and watching a lot of videos on the family dynamics when a narcissist is in a household.  The micro parallels the macro beautifully.  When one of these dark triad types is parent for example they will have a "golden child" and a "scapegoat" the scapegoat gets abused and treated worthless.  They are on their own and the parent will encourage the golden child to also abuse the scapegoat.  Sometimes there will be a third "lost child" that manages to stay out of the fray. 

The golden child gets toyed with and only given love based on performance and being a flying monkey.  Affection will be given and then withheld.  The scapegoat somehow end up better off because they see no point in trying to please the psycho and they run off to live their own lives, although they tend to have boundary issues and draw narcissists into their lives like flies to shit.  The golden child will often become a narcissist themselves.  The parent will never be at fault and everything will be blamed on the scapegoat.  They divide the household in this fashion and yet somehow, ridiculously maintain a phony perpetual victim status.  They are a scourge upon the earth and you can see the same patterns on the national macro level.

This is one of my favorite videos of seeing one in action.  This one is arm-chair suspected of histrionic narcissism.  She feigns being abused and ruins every ones life.  I would seriously abandon that bitch.  They aren't human.  About 1 minute she starts her shit.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTq_NpSvOfo

 

SwaziRed's picture

>>> With an estimated 11-12 million illegal aliens roaming the Unites States and the lax voting controls in many areas, it seems very foolish to deny that non-citizens voted in 2016.

Oh yeah? Prove it. Or, to quote that lawyer guy, "Says who?"

Meanwhile, here's a real story:

https://www.drudge.com/news/212834/iowa-woman-tried-vote-twice-trump

That's just the downplayed Drudge version.

A more thorough account is here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/iowa-woman-charged-voting-trump...

Of course, you need to down vote this unsettling FACT - even though it was reported by Drudge and even though the butt-ugly perp has actually pleaded guilty. Knock yourselves out, trumpcucks.

 

HoyeruNew's picture

but I thought USA has the "freedom of the press" and "freedom of speech" where everyone can say whatever they want, have I been told wrong??????

We Are The Priests's picture

No, you were told right.  You just understood it wrong.  In the new PC/Orwellian double speak, freedom actually means privilage, and the government has the inherent right to regulate privilage as they see fit.  Oh, of course, if your privilage is due to whiteness, then regulate means killed.

alpha-protagonist's picture

No. What's missing is the 1st Amendment being backed up by the 2A.

Singelguy's picture

Only if it doesn't result in Hilary losing an election.

ICValue's picture

The first amendment is an idea with legs, but an idea without legs cannot stand. The web of words in lawcraft, athoritative and without the means to create vaule do not have legs. 

FBaggins's picture

More distracting horseshit as they hype up countless irrelevant issues.   

dogismycopilot's picture

If the Democrats ever take power again, they are going to make Stalin look like a priest.

Prepaid's picture

All those Names mentioned tells you one thing that the whole Russian thing is one big Day of our lifes entertainment. ALEX JONES AND DRUDGE AND zerohedge is not far behind. They missed one! MARK DICEY. LoL! Deep state LoL! Who made that up? Try NWO BY Rome ( Papacy) and the greatest military on earth the Jesuits. Have a look at who just destroyed the 501(c)(3) and the reason for it. In the future law will not come from the government it will come from the churches. But it will matter none to the heathen for he will join in with the persecution. Time is almost run out and let me say don't waste your time fighting the government because they are not your enemy for your enemy is unseen.

directaction's picture

The holocaust is a scam to make goys sympathize with leftist Jews like Weintraub