AFLL’s Press Release on FOIA Request with FEC

AFLL issued the following press release this morning regarding evidence of the Deep State at the FEC.

America’s Foundation for Law and Liberty Files FOIA Request with FEC

WARRENTON, VA, March 10, 2017 — America’s Foundation for Law and Liberty today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) seeking records of government employee time and resources used in connection with the Twitter account <altFEC>, which touts itself as “The unofficial #Resistance team of the U.S. Federal Election Commission.”

“Our FOIA request will seek all records related to FEC staff and commissioners running an anti-Trump Administration effort out of the offices of the FEC,” said America’s Foundation for Law and Liberty Executive Director Elizabeth Tate.

“Over the past few weeks, it has become apparent government employees at the FEC are working on government time to undermine the Trump administration, primarily through a Twitter account <altFEC>. Based on the timing of tweets, it is quite obvious FEC employees are performing their resistance campaign on government time and perhaps using government resources,” Tate continued.  “The people behind this effort are free to express their opinions on their own time and on their own dime, but they should not be using Government time and resources to further a partisan political agenda.”

“We find this effort by so-called campaign finance reformers at the FEC hypocritical, especially since their leaders, Commissioners Ellen Weintraub and former Commissioner Ann Ravel, have long sought prohibitions on anonymous online political speech under the guise of advocating for transparency. If these ‘reformers’ want Americans to forfeit their freedom of speech for transparency, then let’s find out what has been going on at the FEC. The American people have a right to know if their tax dollars are being spent to subsidize the political activities of these partisans.”

America’s Foundation for Law and Liberty’s request seeks all records related to the <altFEC> account found on Government computers and electronic devices as well as time entries for FEC employees that have been publically linked to the <altFEC> account and related efforts.

Upon receipt of this information from the FEC, it will be provided to the public by America’s Foundation for Law and Liberty so that the American taxpayer can see how their tax dollars are being spent.