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  • Surprise: Unanimous FEC to push for Internet regulation

    11/16/2017 11:00:11 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2017-11-16 | Paul Bedard
    In a major shift, Republicans on the Federal Election Commission plan to join Democrats Thursday in calling for new Internet regulations on paid digital political ads. In a statement issued late Wednesday, the three GOP members cited the “thousands of comments” from the public calling for new disclosure rules in light of concerns Russian activists used Internet posts on Facebook to try to influence the 2016 presidential elections. “We hereby move to direct the Office of General Counsel to draft a notice of proposed rulemaking, as soon as is practicable, that proposes revisions to commission rules governing disclaimers on paid...
  • Obama-Appointed Judge Overseeing Fusion GPS Case Is Unexpectedly Removed

    11/10/2017 4:22:20 PM PST · by scooby321 · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/10/2017 | Joshua Caplan
    One swamp creature down, countless more to go. The Obama-appointed judge overseeing the Fusion GPS case, Tanya Chutkan, has been unexpectedly removed. Chutkan was troubling because she was an Obama appointee whose law firm represented Huma Abedin and other Democrat insiders. She’s also the judge who ordered DHS to procure an abortion for a pregnant illegal teen. Now, for reasons we don’t know, Chutkan has been taken off the Fusion GPS case and the case handed to Judge Richard de Leon. This is the PACER notice (Fusion GPS is the d/b/a of Bean LLC, see the last link) : Why...
  • FEC Complaint Says Clinton Campaign, DNC Violated Law Over Trump Dossier

    10/25/2017 1:54:04 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 66 replies
    “By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures,” said Adav Noti, with the Campaign Legal Center in a statement obtained by LawNewz. Noti previously served as the FEC’s Associate General Counsel for Policy.
  • Hillary Clinton’s key aides still collect cash from campaign months after loss

    10/24/2017 4:25:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Hillary Clinton's White House bid may have ended with the presidential election, but paychecks issued by her campaign committee continue unabated for top aides. Third-quarter filings to the Federal Election Commission show key figures from Mrs. Clinton’s failed presidential campaign continue to collect thousands of dollars from Hillary for America. FEC documents viewed by The Washington Free Beacon reveal: FEC documents viewed by The Washington Free Beacon reveal: • Elizabeth Jones, the chief operating officer of Hillary for America, received $95,000 by the campaign in 2017. • Huma Abedin received $65,000 between mid-November to the end of June. Roughly $2,000...
  • John McCain wants Google and Facebook to reveal who pays for political ads

    10/20/2017 1:34:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Vox ^ | October 19, 2017 | Ella Nilsen
    Three senators are putting pressure on internet giants like Facebook and Google to be more transparent about who is buying political ads on their sites in the wake of revelations that Russian-linked operatives placed ads on social media networks to sow division in the runup to the 2016 election. On Thursday, Republican Sen. John McCain announced he is joining Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner to co-sponsor the Honest Ads Act, which would require political ads sold on the internet to follow the same rules as ones sold on television, radio, and satellite networks, all of which have to...
  • Drudge, Facebook, NYT readers could face libel suits for sharing 'fake news' [Former Dem FEC Chair]

    10/19/2017 5:49:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/18/17 | Paul Bedard
    Political content on the internet, paid or not, should face substantial federal regulation to eliminate undefined "disinformation," and users of platforms and news feeds, from Facebook, to Twitter, to the Drudge Report and even New York Times, could be punished for sharing "fake news" from those sites, the former Democratic chair of the FEC is urging.In a broad proposal that adds threatening libel suits to regulatory plans already pushed by Democrats on the Federal Election Commission, ex-chair Ann Ravel believes that there is support for expanded regulation in the wake of reports foreign governments spent $100,000 on 2016 political ads...
  • FEC Commissioner Uses Russian Meddling As Excuse To Restrict Internet Speech

    10/12/2017 2:33:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 12, 2017 | David Warrington
    Anti-free speech liberals have long sought to regulate and restrict Americans’ freedom of speech on the Internet. Now, their longtime champion, FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, has found her latest excuse to restrict American citizens’ free speech on their own websites, blogs, YouTube, and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Speaking about Russian meddling in the last election at a recent meeting of the FEC (at minute 10:55), Weintraub stated: If you’re interested I’m happy to talk about it but I’m not here proposing that we reopen the entire Internet rulemaking from 2006. I think that’s something we might want...
  • Donald McGahn tapped as Trump White House Counsel

    11/25/2016 11:24:36 AM PST · by Degaston · 9 replies
    President-elect Donald Trump has named Donald McGahn as White House counsel and assistant to the president.
  • Clinton paid aide Huma Abedin nearly $65G from campaign funds since defeat

    08/21/2017 7:51:13 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 33 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | August 21, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has paid Huma Abedin nearly $65,000 from her campaign funds since her November election defeat, Federal Election Commission filings show.
  • DNC Slapped With FEC Complaint For ‘Colluding With Ukraine During The Election’

    08/10/2017 2:53:50 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 21 replies
    the gateway pundit ^ | Aug 9th, 2017 | Joshua Caplan
    One of the most egregious aspects of the media’s coverage of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is its refusal to report on the efforts of the DNC and Ukraine to get Hillary Clinton elected President. Watchdog group Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT) agrees, and have filed a complaint with the FEC over the alleged collusion between the DNC and Ukraine.
  • FEC Shoots Down Democrat’s Plan to Target Conservative Media (Drudge and others)

    07/15/2017 2:22:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/14/2017 | COLIN MADINE
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has declined a proposal by Democrat Commissioner Ellen Weintraub to undertake new rulemaking regarding alleged foreign influence in the 2016 election to target conservative media including the Drudge Report and Breitbart News, 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.” 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...
  • FEC Commissioner Now Going After Right Wing Media Over Russian 'Collusion'

    07/12/2017 10:48:36 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 11, 2017 | Kristine Marsh
    FEC Commissioner Now Going After Right Wing Media Over Russian 'Collusion' By Kristine Marsh | July 11, 2017 The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is looking to target right-wing media outlets under the guise that they could’ve helped Russia interfere into our presidential election, reported The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard Tuesday. The commission will decide at this Thursday’s meeting whether or not to investigate websites like the Drudge Report, Breitbart and others on the right for violating election spending rules by allowing advertising on their Facebook pages by Russian entities. The call for investigation was spearheaded by the FEC’s Democrat commissioner,...
  • FEC Commissioner Now Going After Right Wing Media Over Russian 'Collusion'

    07/11/2017 6:31:43 PM PDT · by Maceman · 31 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 11, 2017 | Kristine Marsh
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is looking to target right-wing media outlets under the guise that they could’ve helped Russia interfere into our presidential election, reported The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard Tuesday. The commission will decide at this Thursday’s meeting whether or not to investigate websites like the Drudge Report, Breitbart and others on the right for violating election spending rules by allowing advertising on their Facebook pages by Russian entities. The call for investigation was spearheaded by the FEC’s Democrat commissioner, Ellen L. Weintraub, who has been trying to accomplish this for months. In May, she told Politico, “I...
  • Ted Cruz improperly accounted for Goldman Sachs loans, FEC decides

    05/26/2017 1:11:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 81 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/26/17 | Brooke Singman
    Sen. Ted Cruz improperly accounted for Goldman Sachs loans he acquired during his 2012 Senate campaign, the Federal Election Commission ruled on Thursday. In a unanimous vote, FEC commissioners decided that the nearly $1.1 million in loans made to the to the campaign by Goldman Sachs and Citigroup should have been disclosed to voters and the American public. The final report from the FEC is expected in 30 days, and further action, such as penalty for Cruz, will be decided, should the FEC decide to initiate an “enforcement action” at a later date. But Cruz’s office said this is “old...
  • Former FEC Chairwoman Calls for ‘Regulations’ of Political Speech on the Internet

    04/17/2017 11:09:03 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 52 replies
    Heat Street ^ | April 14, 2017 | By Ian Miles Cheong
    The former Federal Election Commission chairwoman Ann M. Ravel says that political speech must be controlled on social media. She presented her remarks in a speech at UC Berkeley, calling for regulations against “fake news.” Speaking at an event called “Future of Democracy,” Ravel argued the proliferation of “fake news” and political advertising on platforms like Facebook influenced elections. She warned that the lack of disclosure by the creators of these campaigns was becoming a huge problem. “We know that there’s a lot of campaigning that’s moved to the internet, whether it’s through fake news or just outright advertising and...
  • Ravel Says Regulate Internet Political Speech

    04/17/2017 6:59:23 AM PDT · by Ahithophel · 40 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | April 14, 2017 | Ian Miles Cheong
    The former Federal Election Commission chairwoman Ann M. Ravel says that political speech must be controlled on social media. She presented her remarks in a speech at UC Berkeley, calling for regulations against “fake news.” Speaking at an event called “Future of Democracy,” Ravel argued the proliferation of “fake news” and political advertising on platforms like Facebook influenced elections. She warned that the lack of disclosure by the creators of these campaigns was becoming a huge problem. “We know that there’s a lot of campaigning that’s moved to the internet, whether it’s through fake news or just outright advertising and...
  • FEC Dems again eye regulating Drudge, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook

    03/23/2017 5:25:21 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 03/22/17 | PAUL BEDARD
    The campaign by Democrats on the Federal Election Commission to regulate the internet, from Twitter and Facebook to Drudge, is back after some liberal commissioners threw in the towel amid GOP opposition. Seizing on an exit report card of the agency by ex-Commissioner Ann Ravel, the left is complaining that the internet isn't being regulated for political content and spending, but should be.Using the "altFEC" twitter account, one of several "alt" sites set up by government workers in agencies resisting the new Trump administration, the proponents reference Ravel's critical report. "It means that the @FEC's disclosure rules have not been...
  • First Amendment-loathing FEC commissioner to quit

    02/20/2017 11:10:18 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/20/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Ann Ravel--Her whining at taxpayer expense will soon end Federal Election Commission member Ann Ravel, a left-winger who proposed regulating political speech on the Internet, announced she is stepping down from the FEC on March 1. Ravel, appointed by President Obama, caused a firestorm in 2015 when she said
  • FEC Democratic Member Ann Ravel Resigns Post — “I Couldn’t Stay.”

    02/19/2017 2:43:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    <p>A Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission with ties to Santa Clara County resigned her post Sunday, saying that political gridlock over the issue of campaign finance abuses left her feeling “like I couldn’t stay.”</p> <p>Ann M. Ravel, a former Santa Clara County counsel who also once chaired the California Fair Political Practices Commission, submitted her resignation to President Donald Trump on Sunday. She shared the letter in a posting on her Twitter page.</p>
  • Internet-Regulating FEC Commissioner to Resign

    02/19/2017 1:00:55 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 19, 2017 12:45 pm | Joe Schoffstall
    Democratic commissioner has been no-show from public meetings since early December A Democratic Federal Election Commission official who pushed to regulate the internet and has been absent from public meetings for months is resigning, according to an announcement. Ann Ravel, who wanted to regulate political speech on the internet from websites such as the Drudge Report, announced Sunday that she is stepping down from her post.