Yep: FEC chairwoman still wants to regulate your political speech on the Internet

Yep: FEC chairwoman still wants to regulate your political speech on the Internet
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After backing down amid concerns she wanted to regulate political speech, and even new 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.” …

[W]hen 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. …

Under current rules, the FEC regulates paid campaign ads on the internet just like they do on TV. However, videos or other social media posted for free are not regulated.

When the Democrats on the FEC first raised the possibility of regulations, opponents feared they were going to target conservative groups, activities and news sites. A proposal to delve into the issue died in a 3-3 vote. …

But in answering the question this week, Ravel indicated she wants to pursue regulations.

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