Agencies, departments, commissions and boards created and empowered by the Federal Government are bound by the same strictures as the three branches of government. Each is charged – and must adhere to in their actions, decisions, and words – with upholding the Constitution of the United States.
So, a recent move by the Federal Elections Commission to institute rules that would compromise a free media – whether domestic or international – must be seen as a direct affront to both the First Amendment’s protection of a free press and to free speech rights. FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Progressive, is moving to prohibit media outlets with even a percentage of foreign ownership from engaging the electoral process in the United States. This would prohibit outlets like the New York Times and FOX News from covering and opining on presidential elections.
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) September 30, 2016
This is just the latest in many attempts by Progressives and Democrats on the FEC to skew the rules pertaining to our nation’s federal elections to benefit the Democrat Party. Democrats and Progressives on the commission have been on a three-year crusade to censor conservative media outlets, from television and cable, to print and talk radio.
It is their most comprehensive and well-thought out threat to free speech to date. Weintraub is advancing a plane that would lay the groundwork to bar companies with even a scant percentage of foreign ownership from American politics.
She introduced this move in a last-minute submission to the evenly split commission Wednesday, proposing that the Thursday meeting of the commission begin the process to prohibit companies with foreign ownership as small as 5 percent “from funding expenditures, independent expenditures, or electioneering communications.”
“Given everything we have learned this year,’ Weintraub said, “it blinks reality to suggest that that there is no risk of foreign nationals taking advantage of current loopholes to intercede invisibly in American elections. This is a risk no member of the Federal Election Commission should be willing to tolerate.”
Under her unconstitutional proposal, media entities that reach her foreign ownership target would face being banned from advocating for a national political candidate’s election or defeat.
That prohibition would include media giants News Corp (which owns FOX, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal) and the New York Times; and the politically active firm of Ben & Jerry’s.
Because foreign nationals would be prohibited from making “electioneering communications,” those media outlets affected wouldn’t even be able to mention Donald Trump or Hillary Rodham Clinton, even if just covering them.
This insanely unconstitutional act is in clear violation of the First Amendment. Our Founders and Framers knew a free press was critical to maintaining a free government. It is irrelevant whether that free press is domestic or of an international origin. Press coverage by any entity – from the New York Times to FOX to Pravda – is sacrosanct.
Interesting is that the FEC, which is ultimately charged with the oversight of campaign contributions to federal political candidates and their campaigns, completely abdicated its responsibility to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her 2000 Senatorial campaign’s finance fraud – the biggest case of finance fraud in US history. So, too, they ignored foreign small donation contributions to both Obama presidential campaigns and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Their advocacy of media censorship and their abdication to explore campaign finance fraud makes the commission a fraud; a politically corrupt entity that should be disbanded and reconstructed so that political hacks like Weintraub are never allowed to screw the people like this again.