The campaign by Democrats on the Federal Election Commission to regulate the internet, from Twitter and Facebook to Drudge, is back after some liberal commissioners threw in the towel amid GOP opposition.
Seizing on an exit report card of the agency by ex-Commissioner Ann Ravel, the left is complaining that the internet isn’t being regulated for political content and spending, but should be.
19/21 It means that it's easy to dodge the @FEC's ancient Internet rules. [MUR 6729 (CBEG), p.15]— altFEC (@alt_fec) March 20, 2017
Using the “altFEC” twitter account, one of several “alt” sites set up by government workers in agencies resisting the new Trump administration, the proponents reference Ravel’s critical report.
Thanks altFEC for spreading the word to people about this important agency which is not doing what the public has a right to expect it to do https://t.co/3vT7VIsh5j— Ann Ravel (@AnnMRavel) March 20, 2017
“It means that the @FEC’s disclosure rules have not been updated for the era of YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter,” it said, reiterating charges from Ravel and others that the FEC rules are outdated. She led the effort to change them and Republicans on the commission said that her goal was only to regulate right-leaning websites, like Drudge, and online campaigns of Republicans.