Democrats on the FCC are trying to shut down Joe for America! They can’t stand the idea that you can find an opinion that might be different than their approved opinion as printed in the New York Times or broadcast on NBC by Brian Williams Whoever.
Claiming that thousands of public comments condemning “dark money” in politics can’t be ignored, the Democrat-chaired Federal Election Commission on Wednesday appeared ready to open the door to new regulations on donors, bloggers and others who use the Internet to influence policy and campaigns.
During a broad FEC hearing to discuss a recent Supreme Court decision that eliminated some donor limits, proponents encouraged the agency to draw up new funding disclosure rules and require even third-party internet-based groups to reveal donors, a move that would extinguish a 2006 decision to keep the agency’s hands off the Internet.
Democrats haven’t read through the Constitution, at least all the way to that First Amendment thingy. Well, that may be overstated. They’ve read through it far enough to imply that there is some sort of “wall between church and state” in there. But certainly nothing about a “free press.”
A Republican appointee to the FCC, Ajit Pai, is sounding the warning on this.
Traditionally the FCC has been an independent agency that, even though I and the other chairmen are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, we’re considered to be independent and render expert objective judgment about some of these difficult policy questions.
Here what you have is the president in an unprecedented way saying explicitly, “Not only do I want the FCC to do XY and Z, but this is the legal theory I want them to use to support it.” I think once that announcement was made, the trajectory of how our decision-making was proceeding, I think the writing was on the wall and the FCC felt like it was under enormous pressure to do what the president wanted us to do. And so that’s one fact.
Is there specific wording that says the FCC will regulate content? No. What this regulation does is give the FCC the power tax internet providers and content. Next will come a move, in the spirit of “campaign fairness” to regulate content.
Republicans in the Congress appear to be wary of what the FCC is doing.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson appears concerned about the influence the White House may have on the agency decision making with this policy. Johnson sent a letter to the commission requesting information on the issue, as did House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz.
This is an important issue because the 2016 election is just around the corner. Just as Democrats in the IRS did starting before the 2008 elections, they will try to shut down opposing speech. Thankfully Commissioner Pai is on their case and hopefully Senator Johnson and Congressman Chaffetz will make this a big issue so ordinary citizens can once again shout down this blatant attempt at regulating opinion.
Democrats in Washington, and some Republicans, make North Korea look like a free society.
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