FEC Clears Sean Hannity In Probe Of E-Mail 'Contribution' To Friend's Campaign
January 20, 2011 at 5:15 PM (PT)
The FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION has cleared PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS host SEAN HANNITY over allegations he illegally raised funds for a congressional candidate. The FEC ruled that HANNITY's e-mail to 43,000 listeners asking for donations to his friend JOHN GOMEZ' campaign for Congress served a "legitimate press function" in HANNITY's role as a media member, reports POLITICO.
NEW YORK Democratic Party official JAY JACOBS filed a complaint with the FEC over the e-mail, which was sent to people on an e-mail list maintained by PREMIERE. The FEC voted 3-2 along party lines to approve a staff finding that the e-mail fell under a "media exemption" from the rule barring corporations from contributing to federal campaigns; the exemption allows media entities and figures to make endorsements.