RNC’s FEC complaint vs. Twitter alleges funding, censoring for Biden

Saturday, October 17, 2020
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Joe and Hunter BidenThe Republican National Committee (RNC) filed an Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against Twitter Friday alleging that it censored a New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s covert business dealings with the Ukraine’s Burisma – and that former Vice President Joe Biden’s knew about this – and it also claims Twitter violated federal campaign finance law by an “illegal in-kind contribution” to Biden’s 2020 campaign.

“[The RNC] believes that Twitter has violated FEC and the Commission’s regulations by making corporate in-kind contributions to Biden for President,” the FEC complaint reads, which was obtained by Fox News on Friday. “[Twitter] is a partisan actor – run by partisan Democrats – [and is] using its corporate resources to provide active support for Joe Biden’s campaign in violation of federal law, [and we demand the FEC] conduct an immediate investigation [into Twitter’s] illegal in-kind contributions to the Biden campaign [and] impose the maximum penalty allowed under the law.”

Hiding for Biden?

The RNC’s FEC complaint was filed shortly after Twitter blocked its users from sharing a link to a report by the New York Post that exposes Hunter Biden’s lucrative business dealings with Burisma – activity of which his dad, Joe Biden, previously claimed he knew nothing about. This comes despite the publicizing of an audio recording of Biden boasting he had threatened to withhold aid funding to the Ukraine if it did not fire a prosecutor investigating his son’s dealings with Burisma.

The complaint says the censorship of the Post’s exposé is the biggest media coverup in history, and Twitter took it a step further by locking President Donald Trump’s official campaign account after it shared the Hunter Biden video, while White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says that Twitter is holding her “at gunpoint” until she takes down her tweet of the New York Post’s story on Hunter.

“[Twitter is] engaged in arguably the most brazen and unprecedented act of media suppression in this country’s history, and it is doing so for the clear purpose of supporting the Biden campaign,” the complaint contends, according to Fox News. “[Twitter has] taken unprecedented actions to suppress the articles from being shared on its platform. Democrat media consultants can only dream of such abilities, [and] through its ad hoc, partisan oppression of media critical of Biden, [Twitter] is making illegal, corporate in-kind contributions as it provides unheard-of media services for Joe Biden’s campaign.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey merely discounted his company’s actions as “not great.”

“Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great,” Dorsey tweeted Wednesday. “And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero contest as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.”

Not mentioned was the serious nature of such an offense, which was highlighted in the RNC’s complaint.

“[Federal campaign finance law] strictly prohibits corporations from making contributions to federal candidates, [as] contribution [by definition means] anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing an election,” the complaint adds. “[The] suppression [of the New York Post article] provides a thing of value to the Biden campaign.”

It goes further to accuse Twitter of promoting the interests of the Biden campaign via explicit censorship.

“[Twitter] is acting as Biden’s media operative, taking proactive steps to shield Biden from negative news coverage by blocking its distribution and muzzling those who try,” the FEC filing asserts. “If [Twitter] charged for this service, Biden no doubt would gladly pay a significant price. [Twitter’s actions] have not occurred in a vacuum, [but are rather] keeping with the company’s open support for Joe Biden and hostility toward President Trump and other conservatives.”

It cited evidence of Twitter’s vehement anti-Trump stance.

“[Twitter’s] feud with President Trump is well known, as are its frequent efforts to censor the President’s tweets and the ‘shadow banning’ of prominent Republicans, including RNC’s Chair, Ronna McDaniel, and several Republican members of Congress,” the complaint continues. “Twitter CEO Dorsey and other executives] are prolific donors to the Democrat party and other left-wing causes, with 98.7% of the company’s total political contributions going to Democrats.”

A dynamic relationship between Twitter and the Democratic nominee was also mentioned, which the complaint called “a revolving door between the Biden campaign” and Twitter before noting that the company’s public policy director left the social media platform in a recent move to join Biden’s transition team – not to mention the former press secretary of Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), is now Twitter’s senior communications manager.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel compared the censorship as something unmatched by communist regimes and dictatorships.

"Twitter’s decision to censor news articles that harm Joe Biden’s candidacy is so transparently biased it would make even the governments of China or North Korea blush," McDaniel told Fox News. "Fortunately, in this country, we have tools at our disposal to fight back against this type of censorship. The RNC is calling on the Federal Elections Commission to investigate whether Twitter’s actions amount to an illegal corporate in-kind contribution to the Biden presidential campaign. Twitter’s flagrant bias and direct support for one presidential candidacy over the other should result in the proper financial ramifications under our campaign finance laws.”

The Senate and Trump also had a few words to say about Twitter’s active role in trying to get Biden elected in November.

“Senate Republicans reacted to Twitter's censoring of the New York Post story by accusing the company of ‘election interference,’ and announced this week they plan to subpoena tech company executives to call them to testify about their policies regarding content moderation,” The Hill reported. “President Trump also seized on the news of Twitter blocking the New York Post story, saying the company was trying to ‘get Biden out of this impossible jam.’"

Exposing son and dad’s discretions

When Biden was former President Barack Obama’s vice president in 2015, his son, Hunter, reportedly introduced him to a top executive at Burisma Holdings – a new development that surfaced when the New York Post reported after obtaining the exposing emails … adding to the months-long controversy.

According to the report, an email expressing gratitude confirmed that in April 2015 – a year after Hunter joined Burisma’s board – the former Democratic vice president met with Burisma adviser Vadym Pozharskyi in Washington, D.C.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some time together,” the email states, according to Fox. “It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”

A year later, the former VP tried to force the Ukraine to fire its prosecting attorney Viktor Shokin because he was investigating Burisma to expose his son’s unscrupulous business dealings as he made millions of dollars through the arrangement.

The Post reports that the emails were saved on the hard drive of Hunter’s water-damaged laptop that was taken to a repair shop in 2019 – which was later obtained by Robert Costello, an attorney of Rudy Giuliani, who serves as one of Trump’s lawyers.

In response, Biden denies any wrongdoing.

"Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as 'not legitimate' and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing,” the Biden campaign stated Wednesday, according to Fox.

But Trump Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh says Republicans are firmly holding their ground as the mainstream media tries to make the allegations against the Bidens out to be tabloid material.

"This is election interference, plain and simple – for Twitter to lock the main account of the campaign of the president of the United States is a breathtaking level of political meddling and nothing short of an attempt to rig the election," Murtaugh told Fox News. "Joe Biden’s Silicon Valley pals are aggressively blocking negative news stories about their guy and preventing voters from accessing important information. This is like something from communist China or Cuba – not the United States of America.”

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