Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tell the FEC to leave the internet alone

From the Tea Party:

Liberal allies of Barack Obama on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) are attempting to regulate political speech on and off the Internet, and to restrict our constitutionally protected freedoms. We have a short window of time to stop it!

Under current FEC guidelines (from a unanimous, 6-0 decision in 2006), political advertising or commentary posted on YouTube is exempt from campaign reporting requirements. Democrat FEC Vice Chair Ann Ravel apparently finds this unacceptable, and speaks unfavorably of “this effort to protect individual bloggers and online commentators.”

As if free speech is unworthy of protection!

If Ms. Ravel has her way, any video you post of your own political commentary will fall under the scrutiny of the federal government.

After six years of Obama Administration overreach and encroachment into our personal freedoms, none of us should be surprised. What’s important, though, is that we stop their latest assault on our Bill of Rights.

If you think outlets like YouTube and the broader Internet should be free from federal government control, you must join me in standing up and being heard–NOW.

But it isn't just YouTube that the FEC is going after. Obama's FEC is engaging in the same kind of political repression that we have seen over the past few years with the IRS targeting. The new proposed rules will limit individuals' rights to associate and to form political organizations. The broader implication of this FEC rule would be a total crackdown on non-profit organizations that exist to petition the government on a variety of issues.

We have the ability to tell FEC Chair Ann Ravel and her Obama Administration friends HANDS OFF the Internet and HANDS OFF our precious, Constitutionally protected freedom of speech. We must do this, and urge others to as well:

Make an official comment against any new government intrusion by clicking here before January 15. Note, you’ll need to leave your full name and postal address for your comment to count. It takes a few minutes, but believe me, it’s worth it. Speech-stifling power grabs such as this get shut down all the time, but only when WE SPEAK OUT AND REGISTER OUR COMMENTS.

Again submit your comment and then spread the word. The comment period ends January 15, so act now well before the deadline so that we can start putting points on the board right away!

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