Former FEC Chairwoman Ravel Renews Call for Regulation of Internet

Big government liberals in Washington, D.C. are working hard to dismantle the 1st Amendment and your right to free speech.

Just last week, former FEC chairwoman Ann Ravel made a speech at UC Berkeley where she called for the regulation of political speech on the internet.

From her remarks:

“We know that there’s a lot of campaigning that’s moved to the internet, whether it’s through fake news or just outright advertising and there is almost no regulation of this, very little. . . And so that the disclosure that we expect as to who is behind campaigns is not going to exist soon.”

This is the same Ann Ravel who once said: “I’m not trying to regulate the internet.”

Of course, to the left, hypocrisy knows no bounds and the constitution means nothing.

Her argument is seemingly centered around the assumption that the internet is the “wild west” when it comes to free speech, and that regular Americans are not smart enough to decipher the truth for themselves.

This is another long-time tactic of the elitist left and statists in general: to take action to restrict our rights because they are “smarter” and “know better” than the average citizen.

Ms. Ravel also claims that disclosure requirements will disappear as the internet becomes the main sources for political advertising.

This could not be further from the truth, the FEC already has strict disclosure requirements for political advertisements made on the internet. But as the internet becomes a more popular tool for political advertisements, the FEC is going to fight to require even more disclosure.

Either way, the FEC already regulates political speech on the internet. Paid advertisements on the internet require the same disclosure as TV advertisements. But former chairwoman Ravel wants to regulate “free” ads on the internet, those most likely put up by low budget groups or private citizens with no link to campaigns.

There is no need for the FEC to regulate these types of communications and any attempt to do so is a direct violation of the 1st Amendment.

Of course, this is not the first-time former chairwoman Ravel has called for regulations on the internet, this has been her life’s work. In 2014, she called for the regulation of YouTube and Drudge Report.

Thankfully, Ann Ravel resigned from the FEC earlier this year after months of not showing up for her job:

Ravel has also been a no-show from FEC public meetings in recent months, phoning it in from California after being passed up for the attorney general spot in the state. During one meeting, Ravel seemed so distant that the Democratic chair of the commission asked if she was awake.

Despite Ravel’s absence from the meetings, she attempted to call for a special meeting that would allow a vote on whether or not she could attend a foreign-funded junket to Ecuador to observe their elections.

After being contacted by the Washington Free Beacon seeking comment on the demand, Ravel’s special counsel said that Ravel had reversed her decision to participate in the trip.

Former chairwoman Ann Ravel did not even bother to do her job the last few months she worked for the FEC, but she certainly had the time to call for more regulations on free speech and to try and take a vacation on the taxpayers’ dime.

The internet has been called “the last vestige of free speech” when it comes to politics, and we should not allow the FEC, or any government entity, to destroy what remains of our 1st Amendment rights.

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