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OBAMA'S FALLON APPEARANCE VIOLATED CAMPAIGN LAW
Breitbart.com ^ | 25 April 2012 | BEN SHAPIRO

Posted on 04/25/2012 3:46:18 PM PDT by Fractal Trader

Last night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s unwatchable show to “slow-jam the news.” By this, Fallon meant that Obama would read a campaign speech about student loans, Fallon would utter a few lines to back him up every so often, and his lead band singer would warble in support of Obama’s propaganda.

Only one problem, aside from the fact that this was possibly the worst “comedy” segment in the history of mankind: it violated campaign finance law.

The equal time rule states that if a licensee permits a person “who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office to use a broadcasting station, he shall afford equal opportunities to all other such candidates for that office in the use of such broadcasting station.”

There are exceptions to the rule: appearances on (1) a bona fide newscast, (2) a bona fide news interview, (3) a bona fide news documentary, or (4) on-the-spot coverage of bona fide news events.

Only the second provision could be construed as saving NBC from giving Mitt Romney equal time. But this was not a bona fide news interview. In fact, it wasn’t an interview at all – no questions were asked, no answers were given. It was literally Obama reading a campaign speech over a guitar, a horn, a keyboard, and some drums.

Not only was this appearance in violation of equal time law, it was clearly an in-kind contribution by NBC to the Obama campaign. As the Federal Elections Commission states, “A donation of services is … considered an in-kind contribution.” Under applicable law, contribution of broadcast time is considered such a service. This was a campaign commercial for Obama, and the Obama campaign was not charged for it.

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1 posted on 04/25/2012 3:46:24 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader

Laws? Who cares about laws when your King!


2 posted on 04/25/2012 3:48:29 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Fractal Trader

Of course, the law does not apply if “Obama is not a legally qualified candidate”!


3 posted on 04/25/2012 3:48:53 PM PDT by rollin
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To: Fractal Trader

Never fear, he’ll just scribble out a new Executive Order of pardon himself. Move along, nothing to see.


4 posted on 04/25/2012 3:49:14 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Fractal Trader

I’m not sure about Romney but I’d love to see the others show up.


6 posted on 04/25/2012 3:49:43 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Fractal Trader
:: a person “who is a legally qualified candidate ::

I think I see an "out" for Obamugabe...

7 posted on 04/25/2012 3:51:04 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Fractal Trader

Wonder if the band played the same song as when Sarah Palin showed up.


8 posted on 04/25/2012 3:51:43 PM PDT by red-dawg
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To: Fractal Trader
How is it a "violation?" It seems to me that all NBC has to do is give Romney equal time. It's only a violation if NBC refuses to give Romney equal time, isn't it?

-PJ

9 posted on 04/25/2012 3:52:12 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Fractal Trader

He will simply “deem” it legal...


10 posted on 04/25/2012 3:54:39 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Fractal Trader

the media who will not report anything about this will suddenly say how smart he is the way he ducked the law.....most of his supporters can’t spell campaign


11 posted on 04/25/2012 3:54:52 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

You just know all the investigate journalists are going to be all over this. They will call it Fallongate and a huge scandal will arise. People will be frog marched to jail for this.

What’s that, hussein is a democrat? Never mind.


12 posted on 04/25/2012 3:55:36 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: Fractal Trader

If Americans would shut off their televisions and keep them off, we would be light years closer to salvaging this country.

Shoot, if conservatives would just do it.


13 posted on 04/25/2012 3:55:53 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The Dems have 'Hope & Change.' All the Romney Republicans have is 'We sure Hope he's Changed.')
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To: Fractal Trader

Wake me up when Obie does something that’s NOT illegal.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 3:57:53 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (The only thing liberals favor manufacturing here is fake outrage.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


15 posted on 04/25/2012 3:58:32 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Fractal Trader
The equal time rule states that if a licensee permits a person “who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office to use a broadcasting station, he shall afford equal opportunities to all other such candidates for that office in the use of such broadcasting station.”

Unless you have the correct amount of melanin. IE harpO.

16 posted on 04/25/2012 4:00:43 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: unixfox
Laws? Who cares about laws when your King

It's good to be da king...

17 posted on 04/25/2012 4:01:39 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Fractal Trader

1 He violated Campaign Finance Law

2 He appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show

I believe the punishment should fit the crime - in this case it does.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 4:01:49 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name (NE)
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To: Fractal Trader; mickie
Did Obama officially declare himself a candidate yet....and in writing with the proper authorities?

If so, when and where did he do this?

Leni

19 posted on 04/25/2012 4:04:38 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Fractal Trader
I'm sure the Justice department, under Eric Holder, will uphold our campaign laws, and guarantee us the station will give Mitt Romney fair and equal time as well.

(Yeah. That's definitely sarcasm. I mean, c'mon! I said "Justice" and "Eric Holder" in the same sentence.)

20 posted on 04/25/2012 4:04:57 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: unixfox

It depends on what the meaning of “is” is.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 4:05:34 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: Fractal Trader
"The equal time rule states that if a licensee permits a person “who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office..."

Well, there's your loophole.

22 posted on 04/25/2012 4:07:02 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Fractal Trader

The King makes laws, he doesn’t obey them!


23 posted on 04/25/2012 4:11:13 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Fractal Trader
THIS IS MUCH TO DO ABOUT NOTHING !!!!!!!

Who the hell ever heard of this guy? Doubt if anyone saw it, because no one would intentionally put this turd on, so it's no big thing. (OK, maybe a dozen or two junkies or drunks had it on, but the only reason they did was because they passed out earlier and the station was still on.) Old folks like me remember when the last shows worth watching were over, a 'test pattern' was put on the screen until the next morning.

24 posted on 04/25/2012 4:12:21 PM PDT by jmax (He thinks the American Dream is a Gov't Motors car in every garage and a DOG in every pot.)
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To: concerned about politics

You misspelled Justice Department; now it’s spelled “Just Us Department”


25 posted on 04/25/2012 4:12:55 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Fractal Trader

I’m sure Fallon will treat all candidates with the same respect and kid gloves...

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/04/25/Flashback-Fallon-Lying-Ass-Bitch


26 posted on 04/25/2012 4:14:18 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MinuteGal
About a year ago (April 4, 2011). Apparently the announcement was made online not in an actual appearance.

This "slow jam" bit wasn't very funny when Fallon did it with Brian Williams.

What made them think a different blowhard would make it funnier?

I'm not sure that it's more a violation of the laws than a smarmy, obsequious interview would be, though, but we'll see what happens.

(I haven't watched the show since they insulted Michelle Bachman and tweeted throwaway insincere apologies just to keep their jobs).

27 posted on 04/25/2012 4:14:18 PM PDT by x
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To: MinuteGal

I’m not sure what is required, he’s definitely on the primary ballot here in Indiana

http://www.floydcounty.in.gov/PDF/SampleBallot2012-democrat.pdf


28 posted on 04/25/2012 4:15:07 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Fractal Trader

Yep ... but this will be the only place we hear about it. All other media outlets and politicians will ignore the matter.


29 posted on 04/25/2012 4:16:11 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: red-dawg
It was Michelle Bachmann, not Sarah Palin who was insulted by Fallon's Show Band.
30 posted on 04/25/2012 4:16:12 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Fractal Trader
Here's some interesting news....Revealed By WikiLeaks: Obama Team Stole Election, Bribed Jesse Jackson And Took Russian Money In 2008 ( From Western Center for Journalism)

(http://www.westernjournalism.com/wikileaks-obama-team-stole-election-bribed-jesse-jackson-and-took-russian-money-in-2008/?utm_source=Western+Journalism&utm_campaign=221710e292-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email)

Short cut

31 posted on 04/25/2012 4:18:53 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: red-dawg

No, they played a Jimi Hendrixy impression of a few bars of Hail to the Chief.


32 posted on 04/25/2012 4:36:06 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Fractal Trader

I think this is easily addressed by having Romney on the show. I’m sure they realize that and would be happy to have him on. Should he go on? I don’t know, but he’s been on a couple of these type shows already, hasn’t he? And hasn’t Obama been on too?

I get that it wasn’t an interview, so they’d have to have Romney come on a do some bit with Fallon.

To me this is not a big deal and, although someone at hot air liked it, the consensus seems to be that it was pretty lame.


33 posted on 04/25/2012 4:39:41 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Fractal Trader
I'm sure the GOP will take the bull by the horns and scream bloody murder about this blatant violation and file a complaint with the FEC. Oh, wait...
34 posted on 04/25/2012 4:45:21 PM PDT by Gritty (With suffocating statism, sexual license is the only thing one doesn't need a license for-Mark Steyn)
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To: jmax

The Washington compost blog is reporting that 2 million people watched this illegal act.

LLS


35 posted on 04/25/2012 4:46:11 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Pray hard and often!)
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To: Fractal Trader
Only the second provision could be construed as saving NBC from giving Mitt Romney equal time.

Saving??? Why, NBC would be positively giddy to have Romney do an equal-time segment. Can you imagine how bad he would suck?

36 posted on 04/25/2012 5:25:57 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: Obama sez: "Nice little Supreme Court you got here. Shame if anything were to happen to it.")
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To: concerned about politics

“I’m sure the Justice department, under Eric Holder, will uphold our campaign laws, and guarantee us the station will give Mitt Romney fair and equal time as well.”

Good luck with that.........


37 posted on 04/25/2012 5:34:19 PM PDT by hummingbird (Just askin' or just sayin' depending on the subject. Oh yeah...OBAMA SUCKS!)
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To: concerned about politics

“I’m sure the Justice department, under Eric Holder, will uphold our campaign laws, and guarantee us the station will give Mitt Romney fair and equal time as well.”

Good luck with that.........


38 posted on 04/25/2012 5:34:28 PM PDT by hummingbird (Just askin' or just sayin' depending on the subject. Oh yeah...OBAMA SUCKS!)
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To: jocon307
“I’m sure they realize that and would be happy to have him on. Should he go on? I don’t know, but he’s been on a couple of these type shows already, hasn’t he? And hasn’t Obama been on too?”

If I was Romney, I would advise against it.

Obama is a juvenile.

Romney has to have the “gravitas” and pass on this. He is an adult.

Obama is a jerk, a juvenile albeit a dangerous jerk and acting juvenile.

The village definitely is missing Obama....

39 posted on 04/25/2012 5:42:53 PM PDT by hummingbird (Just askin' or just sayin' depending on the subject. Oh yeah...OBAMA SUCKS!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Yeah, he will get equal time but it does not say when that time will be...probably 7AM on a sunday morning.


40 posted on 04/25/2012 6:14:43 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Fractal Trader

This isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

As slow as the FEC acts, it will be years before the Commission gets around to doing anything, if ever! And then, only after there’s a majority vote among the 3 Republican and 3 Democrat commissioners.

I worked there for five years, as an auditor, and witnessed the glacial speed with which they work!


41 posted on 04/25/2012 6:32:17 PM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: Mouton

...........probably 7AM on a sunday morning.................

That’s probably a better time slot than the total loser J. Fallon!


42 posted on 04/25/2012 6:32:26 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Fractal Trader

I think we will shortly find that the kenyan and the obammunists are exempt from these laws ans that to suggest otherwise is blatant and possibly prosecutable racism.


43 posted on 04/25/2012 7:13:29 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: hummingbird

“The village definitely is missing Obama.... “

Hopefully he’ll be back home next January!


44 posted on 04/25/2012 7:55:13 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Fractal Trader

There is no law, there is no justice where there is no respect for either ..

heck, forget the gubamint military complex..

beware da gubamint media complex

(from a proud Ike baby)


45 posted on 04/25/2012 9:50:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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