Dems on FEC vote to punish Fox News for debate sponsorship

Another effort by the FEC to silence conservative media ended when the three Republicans on the FEC voted to block a move by the commission's Democrats to punish Fox News for debate sponsorship.

The effort is nearly unprecedented.  In 1980, the Nashua Telegraph was threatened with FEC action when it agreed to sponsor the GOP debate that included Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and several other candidates.  When the Telegraph dropped its sponsorship, the Reagan campaign ended up paying for the event ("I'm paying for this microphone, Mr. [G]reen").

Washington Examiner:

A Republican FEC commissioner leading that fight, Lee E. Goodman, revealed the vote to Secrets Wednesday and said the official report of the May 26 executive vote will be released Thursday.

Goodman has led the fight against several other efforts to censor conservative media by Democrats on the FEC.

"The government should not punish any newsroom's editorial decision on how best to provide the public information about candidates for office," he said. "All press organizations should be concerned when the government asserts regulatory authority to punish and censor news coverage."

At issue was the Aug. 6, 2015 Fox presidential debate. Initially, the network planned to host one debate featuring 10 candidates. But as the date got close and the nearly two dozen GOP presidential candidates were close in the polls, Fox added a second debate that included seven other candidates.

One of the candidates left out filed a complaint to the FEC, charging that Fox was essentially making a contribution to the 17 candidates by letting them have a voice in the debate.

CNN did the same thing, but there is no indication that they faced a complaint.

Goodman provided details about the vote to Secrets in hopes of highlighting the anti-conservative agenda pushed by Democratic FEC Commissioners Ann Ravel, Ellen Weintraub and Steven Walther.

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, we can expect actions like this across the entire government.  Democrats mean business and will use the full power of government to supress alternative opinions, punish political opponents, and intimidate the rest of us.

The small corner of the media universe inhabited by conservatives is extremely vulnerable, and Democrats know it.  Take out or intimidate the larger entities like Fox and Drudge, and the rest will be helpless.  Few have the money to hire lawyers to beat back government attempts to shut them down – an effort that could take years to defeat.  And if they lose, the fines will be enough to put them out of business anyway.

The FEC is the point agency for this effort.  The Democrats on the board have apparently decided to up the ante, and whether they can be stopped is an open question.

Another effort by the FEC to silence conservative media ended when the three Republicans on the FEC voted to block a move by the commission's Democrats to punish Fox News for debate sponsorship.

The effort is nearly unprecedented.  In 1980, the Nashua Telegraph was threatened with FEC action when it agreed to sponsor the GOP debate that included Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and several other candidates.  When the Telegraph dropped its sponsorship, the Reagan campaign ended up paying for the event ("I'm paying for this microphone, Mr. [G]reen").

Washington Examiner:

A Republican FEC commissioner leading that fight, Lee E. Goodman, revealed the vote to Secrets Wednesday and said the official report of the May 26 executive vote will be released Thursday.

Goodman has led the fight against several other efforts to censor conservative media by Democrats on the FEC.

"The government should not punish any newsroom's editorial decision on how best to provide the public information about candidates for office," he said. "All press organizations should be concerned when the government asserts regulatory authority to punish and censor news coverage."

At issue was the Aug. 6, 2015 Fox presidential debate. Initially, the network planned to host one debate featuring 10 candidates. But as the date got close and the nearly two dozen GOP presidential candidates were close in the polls, Fox added a second debate that included seven other candidates.

One of the candidates left out filed a complaint to the FEC, charging that Fox was essentially making a contribution to the 17 candidates by letting them have a voice in the debate.

CNN did the same thing, but there is no indication that they faced a complaint.

Goodman provided details about the vote to Secrets in hopes of highlighting the anti-conservative agenda pushed by Democratic FEC Commissioners Ann Ravel, Ellen Weintraub and Steven Walther.

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, we can expect actions like this across the entire government.  Democrats mean business and will use the full power of government to supress alternative opinions, punish political opponents, and intimidate the rest of us.

The small corner of the media universe inhabited by conservatives is extremely vulnerable, and Democrats know it.  Take out or intimidate the larger entities like Fox and Drudge, and the rest will be helpless.  Few have the money to hire lawyers to beat back government attempts to shut them down – an effort that could take years to defeat.  And if they lose, the fines will be enough to put them out of business anyway.

The FEC is the point agency for this effort.  The Democrats on the board have apparently decided to up the ante, and whether they can be stopped is an open question.