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Get Ready for the FEC Attack on Drudge and Breitbart!

Written by Joe Scudder

Leftists are agitating for an FEC attack on right-wing news sources on the basis of their fevered Russia conspiracy theory.

The deep state might use an FEC attack to harass and intimidate news sites like Infowars, Breitbart, and even Drudge, based on the pretense that they spent Russian money to do Russia’s bidding. That is the height of hypocrisy since the deep state doesn’t hesitate to spend money to influence Russia’s elections through the National Endowment for Democracy, and portrays any move to keep foreign money out of Russian politics as a move towards repression of free speech.

It is also, of course, a totally baseless accusation. But the lying hypocrites have to keep on using the government to circumvent the Bill of Rights so everyone can see them for what they are.

The Washington Examiner reports, “New fears Drudge, InfoWars, Breitbart could face Dem FEC ‘inquisition’

revived bid by a top Federal Election Commission Democrat could lead to an “inquisition” against conservative media outlets like the Drudge Report, InfoWars and Breitbart that take political advertising and are overseen by right-leaning owners or editors, according to critics.

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.”

Read the entire Washington Examiner story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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