RNC Files FEC Complaint Against Twitter for 'Illegal In-Kind Contribution' to Biden
The Republican National Committee says social media firm violated FECA Regulations
The Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) claiming the platform's censorship of the explosive New York Post article about Hunter Biden amounts to “illegal corporate in-kind political contribution” to the Joe Biden campaign.
The complaint states the RNC “believes that Twitter has violated FECA and the Commission’s Regulations by making corporate in-kind contributions to Biden for President.”
The complaint stated 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."
It then demands the FEC must “conduct an immediate investigation” into Twitter’s “illegal in-kind contributions to the Biden campaign” and “impose the maximum penalty allowed under the law.”
The complaint comes after Twitter blocked users from sharing the New York Post report about emails that exposed Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
The RNC argued 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.”
It added Twitter has “taken unprecedented actions to suppress the articles from being shared on its platform.”
“Democrat media consultants can only dream of such abilities,” the complaint read.
“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.”
The complaint also cites federal campaign finance law, which “strictly prohibits corporations from making contributions to federal candidates,” and notes that “contribution” is defined to mean “anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing an election.”
They also noted that censorship of The Post article “provides a thing of value to the Biden campaign.”
“[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 complaint read.
“If [Twitter] charged for this service, Biden no doubt would gladly pay a significant price.”
The RNC said that Twitter’s actions “have not occurred in a vacuum” but “keeping with the company’s open support for Joe Biden and hostility toward President Trump and other conservatives.”
“[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 states.
It adds that Twitter CEO Jack 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.”
The complaint claims there is a “revolving door between the Biden campaign” and Twitter, adding that the platform's Public Policy Director recently exited the company to join the Biden transition team.
Meanwhile, Sen. Kamala Harris’ former press secretary is now serving as a senior communications manager at Twitter.
"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," RNC Chairwoman Ronna 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.”
Biden’s presidential campaign's national press secretary claimed Twitter’s suppression of The Post's article was 'proof' it is not true.
Jamal Brown told the media outlet Cheddar:
“I think Twitter’s response to the actual article itself makes clear that the purported allegations are false, and they’re not true and glad to see social media companies like Twitter taking responsibility to limit misinformation."