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November 4, 2018


FEC Complaint Filed Against Google, YouTube, Facebook And Twitter For Election Interference - Conspiring To 'Affect The Outcome Of U.S. Elections' Ahead Of Midterms

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By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

As Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter continue their war against free speech, if it is conservative speech, just days before the midterm elections, all four platforms have been named in an official compliant filed with the FEC ( Federal Elections Commission), which asks the commission to investigate  and intervene over "illegal" contributions to pro-Amnesty politicians by censoring conservatives against illegal immigration and other conservative causes.

Facebook continues to delete conservative pages just days before the midterm elections, and recently was busted censoring political ads supportive of conservatives candidates to which they later restored after online backlash, with Twitter also purging conservatives at a rapid rate, this FEC complaint not only addresses the censorship of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) but also attaches a list of "more than 85+ other conservative groups, activists, bloggers, and pundits," that have suffered the same or similar types of censorship by Silicon Valley.

Via the complaint:

We hereby file the following complaints with the Federal Election Commission requesting that your agency give these matters your full concern and attention through rigorous investigation and prosecution.

We believe that very powerful and influential Silicon Valley companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google are violating US 11 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) sections § 114, § 114.2, and § 114.9, which prohibit corporations and corporation employees from contributing any services or anything of value to elections and campaigns.

Contained in this letter is our 12-page report to Congress on how Google, Facebook, and Twitter have targeted and harmed our registered Political Action Committee's efforts to support candidates and campaigns that oppose both illegal immigration and Amnesty legislation as we do. ALIPAC's 12-page report on Silicon Valley bias, included as an addendum to this complaint, was added to the Congressional Record on Oct 10, 2018 and is now available in the US Library of Congress.

We are Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, PO Box 30966, Raleigh, NC 27622 FEC ID: C00405878, and we have been in good standing with the FEC, minus one late fee, since 2004.

We submit the following issues of concern that our organization ALIPAC has experienced and documented. At this time you can see more than 85+ other conservative groups, activists, bloggers, and pundits have experienced these same or similar issues. View List at-- https://www.alipac.us/f8/list-conser...witter-363125/

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are clearly engaged in a pattern of abuse and manipulation targeting conservative voices from the center to right of the spectrum of American politics in an effort to use their powerful companies and technology to influence the outcome of elections in favor of Democrats and pro-Amnesty Republicans.

ALIPAC was founded in September 2004 and their goal revolves around stopping and reversing illegal immigration, listing a 4-point platform to enforce the existing immigration laws. 1) Secure Our Borders; 2) Crack down on employers that intentionally hire illegals; 3) Remove incentives and rewards to illegals such as licenses, welfare, and other taxpayer benefits, and; 4) Enforce our existing laws and deport illegal aliens when convicted of crimes or detected during routine law enforcement activities.

Read more about their platform on a page that explains their stances at the ALIPAC website and forum.

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GOOGLE/YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK & TWITTER ELECTION INTERFERENCE

The FEC complaint against Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter details each companies actions against ALIPAC which ALIPAC believes violates the Code of Federal Regulations, specifically the ones they list in their complaint.

The complaint accuses Google/YouTube (both are owned by Alphabet) of removing their website from the top 100 search results using their key term "illegal immigration." The complaint states "While we appear on page 1 or 2 on all other search engines and were formerly listed on page 1 or 2 of Google, the company has now manipulated search results to ban us from their top 100 pages, thus greatly harming our organization and our ability to reach Americans who are concerned about the elections topic of 'illegal immigration'."

They maintain this "constitutes a donation of great value to candidates, campaigns, and groups who seek to promote immigration reform Amnesty for illegal immigrants."

As for Youtube, they accuse Google (Alphabet) of instructing their employees to destroy the contents of their video channel. They maintain that this "constitutes a great contribution of value to candidates and groups who oppose the candidates and groups backed and endorsed by ALIPAC."

ALIPAC asserts that Google's suppression of their website traffic, Google is "making a substantial contribution of value to the opponents of our endorsed candidates in violation of US 11 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) sections § 114, § 114.2, and § 114.9."

Under the Facebook category, ALIPAC details how Facebook has artificially manipulated their "growth, visibility, and reach of our pages on their service far below those of our Democrat and Amnesty supporting GOP competitors." They further claim that by doing so Facebook is violating "US 11 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) sections § 114, § 114.2, and § 114.9."

These biases we are documenting and reporting are having a big impact on the outcome of US campaigns and elections, especially in swing states and swing districts.

As for Twitter, ALIPAC is accusing them of deliberately withholding the "verification" badge, while giving them to pro-Amnesty groups, and accusing them of censoring their anti-illegal immigration message by labeling it "hate speech," and/or "hateful content."

By refusing to verify our account, but verifying the accounts of pro-Amnesty candidates and PACs, and by restricting our posts and ability to buy ads for our endorsed candidates and campaigns, the Twitter company and employees are attempting to bias the outcome of US elections by making a contribution of value through censorship and suppression.

They conclude with the following complaint and request for the FEC:

We ask that the Federal Elections Commission take immediate action to investigate and put an end to Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other Silicon Valley based corporations using their technology, company resources, and employees to affect the outcome of US elections by violating US laws found in US 11 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) sections § 114, § 114.2, and § 114.9, and possibly other regulations, to contribute great value to Democrat and pro-Amnesty Republican campaigns through opposition research and opposition suppression tactics which include but are not limited to banning, censorship, shadow bans, and offering of unequal services.

No American individual, campaign, or PAC should face unequal services, products, and treatment from large global corporations seeking to interfere with our protected right to communicate with American voters without hindrance.
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BOTTOM LINE

This is a very interesting complaint, as well as opening the door to lawsuits further down the road for conspiracy to interfere in U.S. federal elections. The claim that these companies are using their massive resources and the power of their platforms to suppress one side of political party's message, while actively using their company to further the liberal agenda, is one that can be backed up with graphs and charts from a number of conservative websites, showing decreases of views, reach, revenue and traffic.

Having the FEC investigate the matter would provide documentation that could be later used in a court of law by either individual Independent Media website owners, or perhaps in a large class action lawsuit.





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