FEC Chair Warns Some At Agency Want To Regulate Conservative Media
May 8, 2014 at 4:49 AM (PT)
Could conservative talk radio and other media face regulation by the FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION as campaign contributions? The current Chairman of the FEC, LEE E. GOODMAN, told the WASHINGTON EXAMINER that he is fighting against government "impulses" to "second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers" by lifting the media's exemption from election laws.
He cited instances when the FEC considered regulating conservative media, including SEAN HANNITY's PREMIERE NETWORKS show, a move that ended with a split vote. “There are some in this building that think we can actually regulate” conservative media, warned GOODMAN, adding, “Truth be told, I want conservative media to have the same exemption as all other media.”
“The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications,” GOODMAN, a Republican appointed to the Commission by President OBAMA, said.