June 30, 2016

Thursday Hillary Bash - paid comments


Via The Daily Beast, more Hillary Clinton subterfuge.  Back in April, and likely still continuing,  they're paying people to correct comments of Facebook and Reddit.
Citing “lessons learned from online engagement with ‘Bernie Bros,’” a pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC is pledging to spend $1 million to “push back against” users on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Instagram...

The PAC was created in May of last year when it was spun off from the American Bridge SuperPAC, which is run by longtime Hillary and Bill Clinton supporter David Brock. Brock also founded the left-wing media watchdog website Media Matters for America.

...Due to FEC loopholes, the Sunlight Foundation’s Libby Watson found this year that Correct the Record can openly coordinate with Clinton’s campaign, despite rules that typically disallow political campaigns from working directly with PACs.

“SuperPACs aren’t supposed to coordinate with candidates. The whole reasoning behind (Supreme Court decision) Citizens United rests on (PACs) being independent, but Correct the Record claims it can coordinate,” Watson told The Daily Beast. “It’s not totally clear what their reasoning is, but it seems to be that material posted on the Internet for free—like, blogs—doesn’t count as an ‘independent expenditure.”
Okay, so they're possibly playing within the rules to the letter of the law (though clearly not the spirit) and nothing will be done to stop this during this election cycle.  The point though is that ethics is playiong no part in this campaign for Hillary Clinton and as a voter that should be a chilling concern for you. 
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