FEC Commissioner Now Going After Right Wing Media Over Russian ‘Collusion’

FEC Commissioner Now Going After Right Wing Media Over Russian ‘Collusion’
Newsbusters ^ | July 11, 2017 | Kristine Marsh

Posted on 7/12/2017, 1:48:36 PM by KeyLargo

FEC Commissioner Now Going After Right Wing Media Over Russian ‘Collusion’

By Kristine Marsh | July 11, 2017

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is looking to target right-wing media outlets under the guise that they could’ve helped Russia interfere into our presidential election, reported The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard Tuesday.

The commission will decide at this Thursday’s meeting whether or not to investigate websites like the Drudge Report, Breitbart and others on the right for violating election spending rules by allowing advertising on their Facebook pages by Russian entities.

The call for investigation was spearheaded by the FEC’s Democrat commissioner, Ellen L. Weintraub, who has been trying to accomplish this for months. In May, she told Politico, “I think there is potential there for finding a violation, but I don’t want to suggest that I have prejudged anything that could potentially come before me.”

Weintraub cited a recent report from Time magazine which revealed Russian agents had bought Facebook ads during election season to disseminate anti-Clinton propaganda. Time, citing a McClatchy report, also alleged that some of these right-wing media outlets may have had ties to Russian agents and may have coordinated these election-related “attacks” through their advertising.

While the FEC’s role is to regulate proper use of campaign spending, it has been accused in recent years of overstepping its boundaries. According to Bedard, this could quickly lay way for the commission to put these sites through an “inquisition:”

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Source: FEC Commissioner Now Going After Right Wing Media Over Russian ‘Collusion’

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