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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Did Facebook’s ‘favors’ for the Obama campaign violate federal law?

Controversy continues to swirl around how the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal data from over 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge and used it to target ads to individuals in an effort to help Donald Trump be elected president in 2016.

But a more serious case of apparent misconduct involves Facebook data going to a different presidential campaign – this time in 2012. In this case, which is getting far less attention, Facebook reportedly voluntarily provided data on millions of its users to the re-election campaign of President Obama.

If true, such action by Facebook may constitute a major violation of federal campaign finance law as an illegal corporate campaign contribution. The matter should be investigated by the Federal Election Commission – an agency I am quite familiar with, because I served as one of its commissioners from 2006 to 2007. The commission enforces campaign finance laws for congressional and presidential elections.

A federal law bans corporations from making “direct or indirect” contributions to federal candidates. That ban extends beyond cash contributions to “any services, or anything of value.” In other words, corporations cannot provide federal candidates with free services of any kind. Under the Federal Election Commission’s regulations, “anything of value” includes any “in-kind contribution.”

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Anonymous said...

Bet you will not here any liberals feel this is an issue. Just like they did think 0bama using the IRS was an issue. I am sickened by these idiots. Facebook giving this info combined with the IRS issue is some serious collusion for the win in 2012. Hate democrats - all of them.

Anonymous said...

In a word, YES!

Anonymous said...

In true Chicago politico-mafia style! That scum is still working behind the scene protecting and proliferating the shadow government.

Anonymous said...

Facebook (and Zucker) are intelligence assets.
They are spying on us!

lmclain said...

They (lying, cheating, stealing, corrupt child molesting loser liberal dumb-aces) tried EVERYTHING, without regard to legality, to make that lying witch murderer the next president.


They (reference the above description of "they") better think about that when they start this "repeal the 2nd Amendment" BS.
Those voters have a lot of guns and a determination to keep them.
A silent majority that can get real loud real fast.
It is an unstoppable force.

Go ahead. Keep poking the bear.
You sissy punks who eat Tide pods and put rings in your eyebrows?
We're going to go through you like a tsunami.

Anonymous said...

I believe it. Pay attention.