FEC Commissioner Proposal Declined

Jul 17, 2017

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub proposed to create new rules regarding foreign influence in the 2016 election. The full FEC body declined to hear the proposal stating it “cannot support proposals that would burden the free speech rights of American citizens based on incomplete information about foreign activities in the 2016 election.” Conservative media outlets have been afraid that new rules would affect their businesses. The commissioners added that there is presently no information indicating that the FEC’s rules prohibiting foreign involvement are “inadequate to detect, enforce, and punish violations.”