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Dem Commissioner: Use FEC to Probe Drudge Because Russia

Written by Joe Scudder

A top Dem commissioner in the FEC wants to give the agency new and unprecedented power.

Dem commissioner Ellen Weintraub is proposing using the FEC to harass websites like the Drudge Report. The pretext for this use of government power is, of course, the Russia conspiracy which Democrats are using to explain why Hillary Clinton lost and to deny Donald Trump’s legitimacy as president.

The Washington Examiner reports, “FEC Dem eyes widening Russia probe to Facebook, Drudge, foreign companies.

A new proposal by an anti-Trump Democrat on the Federal Election Commission would expand the federal government’s probe into alleged Russian influence on foreign companies and internet sites that take political ads, like Facebook or the Drudge Report, while giving the FEC an unprecedented role that some say oversteps its authority.

Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, citing petitions from leftist groups demanding a wider investigation, on Thursday plans to push for commission support for her idea.


“The mere allegation that foreign interference may have occurred shakes the faith of Americans in our democracy. The FEC must find out the facts of what happened during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and move swiftly and firmly to fix any problems we find. Only then can we begin to restore the American people’s resilient but battered faith that our federal elections belong to us — and now some foreign power,” she added.

Weintraub has basically admitted that, by making a baseless, “mere allegation,” Democrats have undermined Democracy. Now the Dem commissioner is trying to use that lie to undermine the First Amendment.

Read the whole Washington Examiner story.

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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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