It’s desperation time!
A Democrat on the Federal Elections Commission has moved to regulate unpaid political ads on the Web. The FEC already regulates paid ads. This would mean that sites could no longer link to free political ads unless they show “balance.”
Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.
Why is this important? Because it is a clear admission that the Democrats know they are losing the media wars where it counts most: the World Wide Web.
This is a desperation move. It is not being launched in Congress, where it has no chance of getting through the House. It is coming from inside the executive: an almost unregulated bureaucracy.
What triggered this?
The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.
The game of politics is rigged. It always has been. Anyone who comes in the name of “democracy” expects to win the next election. Anyone who calls for regulation in the name of “fairness” expects to lose.
The Democrats expect to lose.
Attack ads are not under the FEC’s rules. The new rules, if imposed, will multiply the number of attack ads. This will make all of the candidates look like liars who are ready to reward special-interest groups that put up the campaign money — people who should not be trusted.
The new rules won’t be all bad.