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Free Speech

FEC Assault on Free Speech is Off… for Now

Written by Joe Scudder

The FEC assault on websites like Drudge has been overruled by the Republican majority on the panel.

Despite the good news, it is sobering to realize that, as soon as the Democrats gain one more member, the FEC assault on the First Amendment will resume. I think the Republicans need to dismantle the huge apparatus that the federal government currently possesses for enforcing ideological conformity. A country that really protects free speech should not have organizations like the FEC that can end it any time they choose.

Breitbart reports, “FEC Shoots Down Democrat’s Plan to Target Conservative Media.

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.”

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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.”

Read the complete Breitbart 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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