FEC Commissioner warns Democrats are plotting changes to criminalize conservative speech
Liberals hate the First Amendment, but they don’t have the votes to repeal it.
But they do have control of the federal bureaucracy.
So they’re repealing the First Amendment through a strategic campaign of federal regulations and bureaucratic harassment.
And their storm troopers in the War on Speech are headquartered at the Federal Election Commission.
The FEC’s efforts to regulate away and criminalize conservative speech have become so brazen, some FEC Commissioners are speaking out.
“I have been concerned about bias both in how complaints are brought to the commission just like in the way the lobbying campaign was for Lois Lerner. It was all one sided. But generally I try to make my First Amendment case by pointing out that we have to impact liberal and conservative speech in the same way,” Republican-appointed Commissioner Lee Goodman told radio host Howie Carr.
“But I have been concerned from time to time about every time a conservative group comes up, somehow, some way, exceptions and distinctions are made, and this is the problem giving government the power to regulate speech in the first instance because ultimately human beings have to make that decision,” says Goodman.
The attacks intensified after the rise of the Tea Party. With the Internet giving conservative grassroots the power to raise money and spread information, liberals suddenly began losing more elections.
The threat posed by a newly-informed and stronger citizenry “triggered a very aggressive movement by people to amend the First Amendment,” says Goodman.
The FEC is comprised of six Commissioners, three Republican and three Democrat.
The even bipartisan split is intentional, and meant to stop the FEC from engaging in partisan attacks by requiring at least one member of each political party to vote for sanctions against a candidate or committee.
The targeting of conservatives for harassment and delays in processing paperwork seen at the IRS is nothing compared to what the FEC is planning.
Under Obama-appointed Chairman, Ann Ravel, the FEC is exploring new powers to regulate conservative news sites and ban them from reporting certain stories.
Ravel came to the FEC from California, where she served as liberal Governor Jerry Brown’s top campaign enforcer.
There, she pursued millions of dollars in fines against conservative groups for coordinating with candidates, while ignoring liberal groups who did the same.
Ravel plans to bring the Internet under FEC control by “redefining” federal law restricting the agency’s powers to campaign committees.
“Under a 2006 FEC rule, free political videos and advocacy sites have been free of regulation in a bid to boost voter participation in politics. Only Internet videos that are placed for a fee on websites, such as the Washington Examiner, are regulated just like normal TV ads,” the Examiner reported.
“Ravel’s statement suggests that she would regulate right-leaning groups like America Rising that posts anti-Democrat YouTube videos on its website,” the Examiner reported in 2014.
“We need to consider the changing role of technology in our elections and recognize how technology is changing our politics,” said Ravel, explaining why she feels conservative bloggers should be controlled by the FEC.
Ravel has also proposed ignoring current federal law requiring a majority vote for the FEC to punish candidates or citizens for unapproved speech. Ravel has been demanding either new powers to issue fines and punishments against anyone she sees fit, or to give one political party control over the FEC.
With just five months left in Obama’s term, Ravel and the FEC could ram through dangerous last-minute regulations to radically expand the agency’s powers to silence conservatives.