FEC Rejects Democrats' Plan To Target Drudge, Breitbart

The efforts of top Federal Election Commission Democrat, Ellen Weintraub, to demand an inquisition into the potential coordination with Russians of conservative news outlets like Infowars, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, have been dashed as The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has declined her proposal, stating it "cannot support proposals that would burden the free speech rights of American citizens based on incomplete information about foreign activities in the 2016 election."

As Breitbart's Colin Madine writes, the FEC has declined to consider new rulemaking over alleged foreign influence in the 2016 presidential election that could target conservative media including InfoWars and Breitbart News. In a statement released by Vice Chair Caroline Hunter and Commissioners Lee Goodman and Matthew Petersen, the members state they “cannot support proposals that would burden the free speech rights of American citizens based on incomplete information about foreign activities in the 2016  election.”

They further describe Weintraub’s proposal as one that would “‘blunt’ the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United.” In the opinion of three members who wrote the statement, there is no information currently showing that the FEC’s existing rules that prohibit foreign involvement in U.S. elections are “inadequate to detect, enforce, and punish violations.”

The statement was released by the three Republicans serving as FEC commissioners. Weintraub and Democrat Steven Walther are the other two current members, meaning there is at least a 3-2 majority in the Republicans favor on this issue.

The FEC commissioners acknowledge in their statement that a number of government agencies are currently investigating alleged foreign interference, and address the FEC’s role, specifically noting the importance of not taking a position of political bias:

The Federal Election Commission should cooperate with these other agencies while maintaining necessary confidentiality and decorum in our own processes. 

 

We must resist any efforts to politicize or compromise the integrity of this agency’s enforcement process or the investigations of other agencies, for the subject matter at issue implicates profoundly important national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.

At least in the case of the FEC, leftists seem to be back to square one in their efforts to shut down conservative media.

Read their entire statement below:

Comments

Soul Glow froze25 (not verified) Sat, 07/15/2017 - 13:08 Permalink

To celebrate our rights of free speech and our other god given rights I'd like to take a moment to remember an American hero, Lavoy Finicum.  We have been hearing so much about blacks getting shot by police but LaVoy's death somehow gets overlooked.  He was protecting our rights, was unarmed, and was gunned down as he moved away from women and passengers in his truck as they were all being shot at to make sure the others were safe.  He should never be forgotten.  Here is the first clip I can find of him at the refuge.LaVoy Finicum Arrives at Malhuer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-uxqIfXQr0

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Vageling Looney Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:45 Permalink

Because nobody wants them? Because they thought they mattered and they could bluff?Sorry bud, your stuck with your trash.Edit: I saw the shia lafool fell deep. Being the arrogant libtard raycist he is. Keeps getting arrested. The muppet that he is. Take another shot off libtard, you fucker and OD already.

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Peacefulwarrior Peacefulwarrior Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:57 Permalink

In fact with so much money parked in Term deposits etc. in this new Age of Distortion, get Schwartzman to get it off the sidelines with an even greater return than the FED window can create and put it into projects that at the very least provide temporary growth drivers! The FED and CB's really do need to raise interest rates to save pensions etc. and they need any form of inflation to help even if it's manufactured by Private Equity.

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goober Hopeless for Change Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:22 Permalink

Not only the monkeys but the chimps as well ! All throwing shit on the wall hoping that some will stick and create more free shit or unwarranted benefit ? They do not even know themselves what the fuck they are saying or why ? Watch a few M. Dice videos for proof. Basically just a pack of Pavlov's dogs reacting on que after being spoon fed more propaganda and illusions !Nothing new in USA today !

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nmewn Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:33 Permalink

Now can we get an investigation into Robert Creamer & Scott Foval instigating riots at Trump rallies using mentally handicapped homeless people...please? ;-)

carlnpa Peter41 Sat, 07/15/2017 - 13:39 Permalink

Ellen L. WeintraubBorn: ?Gender: FemaleReligion: JewishRace or Ethnicity: WhiteSexual orientation: StraightOccupation: GovernmentParty Affiliation: DemocraticNationality: United StatesExecutive summary: US FEC CommissionerFather: Edward WeintraubHusband: William G. Dauster (m. 10-May-1986, three children)Son: MatthewDaughter: NatanyaDaughter: Emma    University: BA, Yale University    Law School: JD, Harvard Law School    FEC Commissioner (2002-), Chair (2003-)    Perkins Coie (1996-2002)    Congressional Staff counsel, House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (1990-96)    Cahill Gordon & Reindel (1984-90)    New York State Bar Association     District of Columbia Bar     US Supreme Court Bar 

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PiratePiggy carlnpa Sun, 07/16/2017 - 03:53 Permalink

Wasn't she forced to take an oath to uphold the Constitution before becoming a burden to taxpayers? She should read it including its ammendments.. at least the 1st, 9th and 10th ammendments.>"FEC Commissioner (2002-), Chair (2003-)"   This one is another one where the proper blame belongs with the corrupt Bushies. You remember W, the guy that had to destory capitalism in order to save capitalism... well, she needs to destroy free speech in order to save free speech. Time to replace the two parties.  The current one in power is working to "Rebrand and Expand" Obamacare and the only people they have tricked are the Democrats.

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Francis Marx Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:43 Permalink

I feel sorry for the Democrats that have to put up with the few stupid democrats that constantly orchestrate this stuff. Really hurting their party.Its kind of like having the village idiot running the towns business district and everyone is powerless to do anything to change it.

Vageling Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:38 Permalink

These tossers need to find a new strategy. This horsecrap is getting old. Lousy election strategy as well.So if they can't buy it hey try to shut it down. Gee... Brilliant!

AKKadian Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:52 Permalink

All this foriegn influence is bullshit! The Demoncat Rats and Rhinoturds have allowed it, because they let them into this country. To stop it, throw every foriegn national allowed in this country for the last 30 years out. Put an end to foriegn nationals influence send them back to where they came from or STFU, you government pukes allowed it.!!!

PitBullsRule Sat, 07/15/2017 - 13:24 Permalink

They need to stop worrying about Infowars and Brietbart, and notice that Trump's own son is confessing to Treason.  Those dumb-ass Democrats should go right to the horses mouth, quit fucking around with these crackpots like Infowars you assholes!  No wonder you lost to this snake oil salesman.  Here we have the guy's own son telling us he met with a KGB linked Russian Lawyer to get some espionage she gathered on Clinton, which would be illegal as hell, except all she had was some bullshit about saving Russian orphans from a horrible life in Russia, and DJT juinor was not the slightest bit interested in those little commie orphan fuckers, so he moved on.Dumb dam democrats barking up the wrong tree.  How much more information do we need before you can take some action?Its easy to see how the Russians are taking control of the country, all of our politicians are either idiots or lunatics or hard core criminals!