Friday, July 31, 2015

It’s back: FEC says regulating Internet, Google, Facebook under its ‘purview’

Washington Examiner
July 31, 2015

After backing down amid concerns she wanted to regulate political speech, and even news sites like the Drudge Report, the chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission has renewed talk about targeting campaign and political activities on the internet.

Ann M. Ravel, discussing election regulation during a speech in New York, suggested it was time to produce “thoughtful policy” targeting internet political activity. She also expressed frustration that her last bid was met with “threatening misogynist responses to me.”

She was speaking at a day-long conference hosted by the Brennan Center for Justice, the New York City Campaign Finance Board, and the Committee for Economic Development when she was asked about regulating the internet, Google and Facebook.

Ravel said that it would be under the “purview” of the FEC to oversee internet political activities such as fundraising and donations.

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