Major Victory for the 1st Amendment and Internet Freedom

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(Photo Credit – AP/Michael Caulfield)

Tea Party Patriots is pleased by the recent decision by the Federal Election Commission not to impose government control over political speech on the Internet. The Democrats at the FEC heard from our grassroots supporters, and they listened!

As Paul Bedard in Washington Examiner reports:

The Federal Election Commission, facing punishing criticism for suggesting that political activity on the Internet should be regulated, rejected talk of new rules Thursday, a victory for GOP commissioners who feared Democrats were targeting conservative sites, even the Drudge Report.

During a public meeting, Democrats on the FEC said they were responding to the public outcry in saying that no new rules are required.

Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said the FEC received 5,000 comments demanding the agency keep their hands off the Internet. In response, she proposed a resolution that directly barred Internet regulation.

“I wanted to make clear that I was listening to what people are saying out there and I think we should allay those concerns if people are concerned that we are about to do that,” she said. Her resolution said: “I further move that the Commission direct [counsel] to exclude from the rulemaking any proposal affecting political activity on the Internet.”

This is not just a victory for conservative bloggers and Matt Drudge. With this victory, every American won.

Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released a statement on the victory, saying:

The decision by the Federal Election Commission not to impose government control over political speech on the Internet is a victory for individual liberty and the Bill of Rights, and you can credit grassroots conservatives all across the Republic for it.

When the Democrats on the Commission made public their plan, Tea Party Patriots sprang into action. We created a dedicated page on our website, and urged our activists across the nation to flood the FEC with negative comments.

Our message was clear: Keep the government’s hands OFF the Internet.

And our voices were heard. Even the statist Democrats on the Commission – who want more and more control over Americans’ lives – were forced to face reality. They won’t take over the Internet. Not on our watch.

Special thanks to Commissioner Lee Goodman, who first sounded the alarm on this critical issue last year. As he put it, “We have now won this debate, and that’s good for the American people and the Internet.”

This is a great day for all who love liberty.