For Immediate Release
October 28, 2014

Kenneth Chan





Alarming FEC Intentions for Internet Speech

Manassas, VA– Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, is alarmed that a Federal Elections Commission (FEC) leader may be opening the door to increased government control over speech on the Internet.

“Last month Senate Democrats tried to amend the U.S Constitution to increase government power over our first freedoms in the Bill of Rights, and just over a week ago FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai sounded the alarm about a government-funded project to identify ‘misinformation’ and ‘social pollution’ on Twitter,” stated Dr. Johnson.  “Is it any wonder that warning bells are ringing when we see dueling statements by top FEC Commissioners that expose a rift over the long-held belief that the government should keep its hands off Internet free expression?”

Last Friday, FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel (D) issued a statement announcing her intention in 2015 to spearhead a review of how the FEC should treat Internet communication, which has been left largely unregulated thus far.  FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman (R) issued a simultaneous statement warning against “a desire to retreat from these important protections for online political speech – a shift in course that could threaten the continued development of the Internet’s virtual free marketplace of political ideas and democratic debate.”

“Internationally, the U.S. rightly has made Internet freedom a foreign policy anchor,” added Dr. Johnson. “The Obama Administration must be careful in our own nation to avoid any action that could, purposefully or not, undermine free speech online.”

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