FEC Chair Warns That Conservative Media Like Drudge Report And Sean Hannity Face Regulation, Like Pacs


hannityGovernment officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media’s exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight.

“I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview.

“The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications,” he added.

Noting the success of sites like the Drudge Report, Goodman said that protecting conservative media, especially those on the internet, “matters to me because I see the future going to the democratization of media largely through the internet. They can compete with the big boys now, and I have seen storm clouds that the second you start to regulate them, there is at least the possibility or indeed proclivity for selective enforcement, so we need to keep the media free and the internet free.”

All media has long benefited from an exemption from FEC rules, thereby allowing outlets to pick favorites in elections and promote them without any limits or disclosure requirements like political action committees.

But Goodman cited several examples where the FEC has considered regulating conservative media, including Sean Hannity’s radio show and Citizens United’s movie division. Those efforts to lift the media exemption died in split votes at the politically evenly divided board, often with Democrats seeking regulation.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

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  1. We knew this was coming. When England banned Micheal Savage from entering their Country, none of his competitors came to his defense. Now, Vannity is getting it.

  2. the socialism and communism continues to overregulate the media. russia here we come

    meanwhile obama can lie through his teeth


    and get away with it unchecked.

    freedom of speech?! NO WAY!

    this is after the tea party was singled out by the irs because of their contrary views!


    this is after obamacare was stuffed down our throats

    what do you think?

  3. Savage is that mechutzaf who made fun of bris milah and metzitzah b’peh. he should be banned from america as well.

  4. This makes sense; Druge, Hannity, Limbaugh, and all of Faux News are really just propaganda outlets for the Republican Party.

  5. Charlie

    You forgot to mention that Chris Mathews, Thomas Friedman, Paul Krugman, CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times are really just propaganda outlets for the Democrat Party.

  6. #5:
    And MSNBC, the New York Times, Chris Matthews, Mina Brzezinski and all of the mainstream media are really just propaganda outlets for the Republican Party.

    If a Republican president would seek to muzzle them, would you think it makes sense?

  7. This is America and the constitution is the law of the land! Second amendment whether you like ot or not is the law!
    Hey fellas, It is what it is! You could go to Gaza if it’s no good here!!! There the freedom seems… :~)

  8. #5, This does not make sense; MSNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, the Washington Post, the New York Times, moveon.org, etc. are really just propaganda outlets for the Democrat party.

  9. Oh, and by the way, what the FEC Chairman is advocating is this: If your media outlet does not march in lockstep with the Obama Administration’s sheet music, we will come after you and shut you down — with hammer and sickle!

    This is America in 2014…

  10. Gotta ask, did Charlie Hall really write that? He might think it but not express himself like that.
    But I digress.
    Are there still left wing radio hosts on the radio?

  11. Freedom of speech is something people should not take for granted as everything that is dear to the human soul is being chipped away. We need Moshiach now.