Daily Caller: Is Facebook Using Foreign Influence As An Excuse To Censor Conservatives? (In the News)

Daily Caller: Is Facebook Using Foreign Influence As An Excuse To Censor Conservatives?

By Michael Thielen

Political speech is rightly entitled to the highest level of protection under the First Amendment, as freedom to discuss political views and criticize the government form the foundation of our constitutional system of government.

Foreign persons and entities are completely prohibited from making contributions or spending money related to any federal, state, or local election in the U.S. …

In Congress, Democrats have recently introduced the DISCLOSE Act of 2017 aimed at “reforming” the FEC to give it greater power to restrict speech and enacting more burdensome requirements on political speech. While this proposal is couched in the currently popular language about foreign interference in our elections, it is just a recycled version of legislation introduced annually since Citizens United was decided in 2010, as a barely disguised and unconstitutional effort to overturn it…

While we may resent many attempts at interference in our elections, it is more of a foreign policy matter than a campaign finance or disclosure matter. But what we cannot do is allow this resentment to fuel so-called reforms that clearly infringe upon Americans’ right or ability to engage in political speech.