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Bloomberg News’s Refusal To Scrutinize Michael Bloomberg’s Candidacy Raises ‘Serious’ Concerns, Former FEC Commissioner Says

bloomberg VA AG schemeBloomberg News’s refusal to investigate its billionaire owner, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, could violate campaign finance laws, a former member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Bloomberg News won’t investigate Michael Bloomberg or any of his Democratic primary opponents but will continue to investigate Trump, editor-in-chief John Micklethwait announced Sunday following his boss’s official campaign launch.

The policy “raises concerns under federal campaign finance law,” said former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky, citing regulations that exempt news outlets owned by political candidates, such as Bloomberg News, from campaign finance rules as long as those outlets give “reasonably equal coverage to all opposing candidates.”

“The problem with what Bloomberg [News] has announced is that they are not going to be giving equal coverage to all opposing candidates,” Spakovsky told the DCNF. “They’re only going to be covering one opposing candidate, and that’s Donald Trump… if they’re not willing to do any negative stories that might come up about Mike, whereas they are about Trump, then they’re directly helping his campaign.”

“I think if a complaint were to be filed with the FEC, where I served for two years, there would be serious questions raised whether this policy violates this particular provision of the FEC,” Spakovsky said.

Former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith told the DCNF that the key factor to determining whether Bloomberg News’s editorial policy puts its press exemption at risk is whether the commission determines that Trump is Michael Bloomberg’s opponent at this stage of the Democratic primary.

“A good argument nonetheless could be made that the press exemption should not apply here, given Bloomberg’s own declaration, ‘I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America,’” Smith said, citing Michael Bloomberg’s campaign website.

However, Smith said he believes the better argument is that Michael Bloomberg and Trump aren’t officially considered opponents from a campaign finance perspective until they have secured their respective parties’ nominations.

“I don’t believe that the FEC or a court have ever ruled on this type of situation, so I suppose it’s an open question,” Smith said. “Certainly, it reveals the flaws of having a regime in which some very large, influential corporations (those designated ‘press’) have a freedom that other Americans do not.”

The director of federal reform at the nonpartisan watchdog organization Campaign Legal Center, Brendan Fischer, echoed Smith’s opinion on the matter.

“Bloomberg News declining to cover any Democratic presidential hopeful means that they are giving equal coverage to all opposing candidates in the primary, but President Trump will be the Democratic nominee’s opponent in the general,” Fischer told the DCNF.

Fischer said it would be appropriate for the FEC to weigh in on the legality of Bloomberg News’s editorial policy, but the commission is currently unable to take any official actions as it has only three active commissioners on its six-member board, rendering the agency incapable of meeting its four-member quorum.

Michael Bloomberg’s campaign declined to comment. Bloomberg News did not return a request for comment.

Reprinted with permission from - Daily Caller - by Andrew Kerr

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Paul DAscenz
8 months ago

Bloomberg is a pompous Ass!
He’s Anti-American!
Trump/Pence 2020!

R shoemaker
8 months ago

The Main Stream Media does more than just fail to scrutinize left wing liberals. It actually makes fake news to protect them. Thus, this seems mild in comparison.

HAL HOFFMAN
8 months ago

BLOOMBERG DOES NOT GIVE A DAM ABOUT RULES! RUDY GIULIANI, THE BEST MAYOR NYC EVER HAD WAS TERM LIMITED OUT AFTER 2 TERMS, BUT BLOOMBERG PAID OFF THE NY CITY COUNCIL, WHO VOTED TO EXTEND THE TERM LIMITS SO HE COULD RUN AGAIN!!! HE HAS NO SUPPORT OUTSIDE OF THE BLUE EASTERN CITIES AND HAS NO CHANCE OF GETTING THE DEMOCRAT NOMINATION! BUT WITH HIS EGO, HE JUST MIGHT DECIDE TO TAKE A PAGE FROM ROSS PEROT AND RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT. FURTHER ASSURING A TRUMP LANDSLIDE! AND I WOULD LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!

Paul W
8 months ago

Lefties have the market on campaign finance law violations cornered. It’s about the only thing they excel at.

Jimm
8 months ago

The real life Forrest Gump – Bloomberg – I looked up a listing of terms “describing arrogant and over-confident people” and it’s like a checklist for his behavior.

Press ONE for English
8 months ago

This once again points up the illusory nature of our belief in government “protection” for us everyday Americans. Think about it. Bloomberg News might respond, saying, “Oh, gee, we made a mistake! Now we are indeed going to diligently investigate ALL candidates and report our findings in a fair and unbiased way.” Yeah, right, with the help of the tooth fairy. Who, other than a radical left winger would believe such nonsense? Government bureaucrats, that’s who. But then, I repeat myself. How long will it take for people as a whole to quit believing the fantasy that governmemt exists to… Read more »

J. FARLEY
8 months ago

I WILL ALWAYS REFER TO MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AS THE FAT RUNT, HE IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR LIBERTY , HE IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE. IF HE IS ELECTED WE HAVE LOST AMERICA.
BUY MORE GUNS AND AMMO KNOW.

Paul
8 months ago

Typical pro-democrat media tactics.

Shagnan
8 months ago

FEC should definitely weigh in….this should be ILLEGAL!!

Diana
8 months ago

Communist through and through, that is what the democratics are and the American People Better Wake Up

Stephen Russell
8 months ago

Probe his ass, cover up pay 2 play, pay to Cartels??
Take down, sounds smelly.
Raise FEC fines for.
Why make him the exception

Rick J.
8 months ago

Arrogant, ego driven Bloomberg wants to be president, but believes the normal primary
process is a waste of his time so … What to do? Since he’s got so much gold, just buy it!!
We should all be grateful because, his infinite wisdom is going to save us from ourselves.
Bloomberg is a perfect example of why anti Jewish sentiment is growing world wide.

Josephine pooley
8 months ago

When is the corrupt mainstream media going to realize that the American people are on to them?!

Ed J
8 months ago

Does ANYONE really expect real journalism from Bloomberg News? This is just another prime example of the LAMESTREAM media, in this case acting as the drive-by-media for Bloomberg, i.e., as his ambush support staff (with President Trump as the sole target). What Bloomberg fails to realize is that HE is part of the problem, and NOT part of the solution. In fact, I expect Bloomberg would qualify to become a charter member of the “180º Club” (i.e., whatever position he espouses or embraces, the exact opposite is probably true). If you think President O’Bummer was a bad president, a President… Read more »

Stephen Lykins
8 months ago

“I think if a complaint were to be filed with the FEC, where I served for two years, there would be serious questions raised whether this policy violates this particular provision of the FEC,” Where do I file a complaint?

Vicky Kramer
8 months ago

However, Smith said he believes the better argument is that Michael Bloomberg and Trump aren’t officially considered opponents from a campaign finance perspective until they have secured their respective parties’ nominations. But, Democrats believe Joe Biden is a political opponent even though he is not the Democrat’s nomination. Complete BS.

Dove
8 months ago

A closer look at Bloomberg keeps making me think of high-functioning asperger’s. I have worked in this field and I have had a friend for 20 years that had asperger’s with 3 PhDs. He died because he did not go to a doctor when his cut did not heal. He had cancer. Smart enough to make money but not able to understand or care about the feelings or thoughts of others. Its those little things with the ones who become adept at covering it up – like when Bloomberg said we should still tax people who make $29,000 a year… Read more »

Roy Law
8 months ago

Isn’t it so VERY convenient that only three members of the FEC board of six are able to meet instead of the required four are able to meet if a complaint should be files. GEE, IMAGINE THAT????

JohnH
8 months ago

This is just a big distraction, as other groups will be doing studies. Chill out people & let the voters decide

George Washington
8 months ago

Who owns Bloomberg News? Surprise, its Mike Bloomberg!!!!

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