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Fox News Fights Back Against Campaign Finance Suit

Fox News Fights Back Against Campaign Finance Suit

The impact of Fox News on electoral politics is undeniable.  In addition to being a 24 hour spin machine for the right, this past November the network stepped up as a significant fundraising vehicle for conservative candidates as well.  The efforts proved so successful that at least one group, the Democratic Governor’s Association, filed suit against the network, arguing the activities violated campaign finance laws.

The lawsuit was filed shortly after it was reported that Fox’s parent company, NewsCorp., was making a million dollar donation to the Republican Governor’s Association.  The suit also accuses the network of illegally fundraising for candidates like Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) by running a chyron featuring his website at the same time he was soliciting donations during an interview on the Bill O’Reilly show.

Fox has not taken these accusations lightly.  The network has hired a prominent D.C. law firm and campaign finance lawyer to defend against the suit, calling the allegations baseless and designed to have a “chilling effect” on future press coverage.

The aggressive response by Fox is not surprising, but as the DGA notes, if the network is so convinced the allegations are baseless, why lawyer up with some of the most aggressive, and expensive, lawyers possible to defend the claims?

While the legitimacy of the claims cannot be measured by the quality of the legal counsel hired, the fact that the fight is going on marks an important turning point in our electoral politics.  There seems to be little effort, by either the left or the right, to deny that Fox News is for all intents and purposes a communications arm of the GOP.  In many ways this is unchartered territory as “news” organizations had, until Fox, kept an appearance of non-partisanship.  Not any longer.

To that end, the lawsuit is significant in that it will help draw the lines between just what a partisan-affiliate network can and cannot do for candidates.  The power and influence of the network are undeniable.  So now is the time to mark the legal boundaries so that the left can figure out a way to fight back.

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5:59AM PST on Dec 9, 2010

HA! Whatever makes you feel better Judith!

Jason, you're still loony! You prove it with every post.

10:04PM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Patricia S. Both used propaganda. Fox still uses it. Both favor fascism.
German Fascism
Once in power Adolf Hitler turned Germany into a fascist state. Fascist was originally used to describe the government of Benito Mussolini in Italy. ...
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3:41PM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Thank God for Fox News. Keep up the good work!

3:39PM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Dhaval,
I don't quite understand the comparison with Fox News and Hitler!

12:05PM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Yes, Jason, I do believe that Bridgett has a low IQ based on her many posts. She has no argument so she gets hysterical, calling people names and laughing like a maniac.

11:45AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Fox News has gotten too powerful and influencial in American politics. They really need to be nuetralized. They are controlling they way Americans interpret information. Most of thier "news" is simply editorial or opinions instead of the facts.

Fox News has also played a role in the unprecidented gap and animousity between the Left and the Right. They do an excellent job at flaming the fires and use it to benefit the main interest of Republicans which is to make money any way they can, no matter who gets hurt, be it the environment, wildlife, people less fortunate.

11:29AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

"Man you are such a loon. "

Said the sheep that believes everything Glenn Beck spews.

How can any one argue an issue and have no facts to back it up?
Twain said, "to take the negative takes no preparation." Your species does exactly that.

10:09AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

nope, but I guess it's pretty low since you're always righ Jason R...lol Man you are such a loon.

9:14AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Bridget D.

Said the sheep who can't answer ANY questions truthfully. You're so typical of a right winger. Throw out the right wing propaganda and duck all questions. Sign of a low IQ. Do you know what yours is, Bridget D. ?

4:59AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

lol - yes Jason, I am so scaaaarrrryyyy! lol My kind are very scary! haha. Jason, you're a comedian. Just keep proving my points about you. You're a lunatic! loony! wooohooo! Obviously nothing will ever penetrate that brain, you'll always be closed off to anything that you do not agree with. Congrats!

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