Skip to comments.FEC chair warns of chilling regulations, book ban on conservative publishers
Posted on 07/24/2014 1:16:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan's new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban.
By failing to affirm this publishers constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher, warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC.
That failure reveals a festering legal uncertainty and chill for the free press rights of books and book publishers to publish and disseminate political books free from government regulation, he added.
His comments after the FEC OK'd Republican Ryans request to promote his new book, The Way Forward, were immediately and sharply rebuked by Democratic Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub. No one is banning books, she said.
Weintraub also hit Goodman for suggesting that we are motivated by partisan bias, which is really not appreciated and untrue. I want to categorically deny that.
The hard feelings continued after the morning session when Democrats on the commission refused to attend subsequent meetings, according to an insider.
And Goodman and the two other Republicans on the commission issued a six-page critique [below] of the commission's vote on the Ryan book that slapped the constraints imposed on the publisher and on how Ryan's re-election campaign and leadership political action committee, Prosperity Action, can promote the book on websites.
Since becoming chairman, Goodman has been pushing to expand protections for all media and has noted how Democrats on the panel have been eager to nick at freedoms for conservative media while Republicans have been voting for broader protections even for liberals like Democratic financier George Soros.
He recently warned that conservative online media, like the Drudge Report, could face regulation as Democrats move to tighten the so-called media exemption that lets the press cover politics any way they want.
In the case of the Ryan book, publisher Grand Central Publishing sought the broad media exemption from regulation, but Democrats rejected that and pushed for a different, commercial, exemption that imposes rules over the publishers politics and book pricing. Republicans went along and the commission approved that 6-0.
The commission also ruled that while Ryan can have his campaign and PAC buy books to give out, the promotion on his websites has to be limited to two sentences. There were concerns raised by Weintraub that Ryan was trying to profit off sales of the book promoted on his websites. Republicans carried that to victory in a 4-2 vote.
Goodman said the mixed decision for Ryan was another missed chance by the FEC to publicly show support for press freedom.
This commission should stand up and recognize that books qualify for the media exemption and that book publishers can publish, market and disseminate their books on the same basis that the Washington Post, New York Times and Washington Examiner can, he said.
When Rush says “State run media”, I always used to think it was hyperbolic compared to actual State run medias like China’s, but with the mindset of these Democrat fascists, I think we are getting closer to actual State run media in this country. Democrats are certainly no good faith friends of the First Amendment for all, apparently.
Since Barry the Fraud was elected, the totalitarian statists have come out of the woodwork.
Mark their names. Remember who they are.
The last time I looked, books were produced on printing presses.
The 1st Amendment does not say “newspapers”. It says that freedom of the “press” shall not be abridged.
Ryan is feisty. Why doesn’t he take this motley bunch to court?
“... Democrats move to tighten the so-called media exemption that lets the press cover politics any way they want.”
Well, which press is the issue. For sure they won’t review and give “oversight” to left leaning press.
Mother Jones and Kos celebrate. ..
Specifically what are the FEC regulations doing or proposing to do? And who are the people behind it ?
The FEC tried to ban a documentary!!! Now had it been a liberal documentary the Left would have gone even more nuts.
Frankly, I bet most critics of Citizens United have no idea the FEC tried to ban a political documentary. The ones I’ve encountered have no clue what Citizens United is about!!
About sums it all up right there, don't it?
The issue here is that they think Ryan is trying to transfer money from his campaign to his personal accounts by selling his book to the campaign to be given away to potential voters. Hillary is the master of this. Look for the millions of her unsold books to end up that way.
If liberal values are superior — then why attempt to censor opposing viewpoints? A truly superior ideology should welcome opposing views so that a comparison can be made.
Equally disturbing is the desire to trample the rights and freedoms of others — which should be a sufficient red flag to call into question the entire ideology — based on this mindset alone!
Here, the rat/union/government complex gets their psycho media protection for free. Over time, it is death to a republic.