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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Under Review By FEC 

This is still in the early stages, but I have just received this copy of a letter being sent to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from an anonymous source at the FEC. It looks like they could be in some serious trouble:

Federal Election Commission
999 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20463

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Managing Editor,

This letter is to inform you that after review by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), we have found your newspaper in gross violation of Public Law 107-155 (Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 or McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act). Specifically we have found your organization violated 2 U.S.C. 434 as amended, by participating in "Electioneering Communication" during a 60 day window around a general election, and also during a 30 day window around a primary election on numerous occasions. Specifically we have found that your newspaper does not satisfy subsection B(i) which exempts broadcast stations. Clearly a newspaper does not broadcast anything, nor do your internet operations exempt you as recently ruled by the FEC Board.

What's more, your news operation seems to take great pride in its flagrant violations of this act. Examples of these violations are:
- Endorsing John Kerry for President 2 weeks before the election.
- Endorsing Russ Feingold for the Wisconsin Senate in the same time frame.
- Numerous other endorsements that are too numerous to mention.

In fact, the large number of democratic endorsements has led our investigative team to conclude that your newspaper also does not satisfy the exception for broadcast stations because "such facilities are owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate" as written in subsection B(i).

The penalty for these violations, as written in 2 U.S.C 437g(d)(1)(A) can be a fine under Title 18 U.S.C, 5 years in prison, or both. We hereby inform you that you have 30 days to respond to these charges.

We take no pleasure in the enforcement of this act against such an institution that has such a long history as yours. While some may argue that free speech, and the right of a free press is of the utmost importance, I would remind you that as you so eloquently stated, "there is a balancing act required here", and that "A democracy demands clean and transparent electioneering."

Sincerely,

Michael E. Toner
Chairman

Comments:

BWAHAHAHA!!!! Of course, the entirety of the LeftStream Media did, in fact, get exemptions for themselves in the McShame-Slimeroad Lieberal Protection Act.

  Posted at January 18, 2006 12:02 PM by Blogger steveegg  
Good I'll be jobless soon. LOL

  Posted at January 18, 2006 10:14 PM by Blogger Lisa  
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