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The three Democrats on the Federal Election Commission, in their latest and boldest move to regulate conservative media, voted in unison to punish a movie maker critical of President Obama after he distributed for free his latest work, Dreams of My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception.
Filmmaker Joel Gilbert, owner of Highway 61 films, has produced several independent politically-themed movies and sent Dreams out to millions of voters in key swing states prior to the 2012 election.
......... Lucky for Gilbert, the three Republicans on the FEC also united to vote to give him the exemption. The tie vote blocked any action, and was followed by a unanimous 6-0 vote to close the file. Had he lost, Gilbert would have been required to report who helped fund the anti-Obama movie.
originally posted by: neo96
So D'Souza wasn't enough for them.
Rinse, and Repeat.
Seriously for eight years the current administration used it's agencies to target it's critics.
From Journalists to filmmakers, to the anyone that gave money to conservatives'. The IRS.
Yeah people the gestapo is alive and well,
Zeig heil her left.
originally posted by: Blaine91555
a reply to: MrSpad
Seems we inch closer and closer to suppression of speech and opinion. Scary stuff for sure.
I see things like this and the now popular denial of free speech at our universities and I can't help but be concerned.
This insane feud being fueled by partisan nonsense is out of control it seems to me. People are so easily drawn into the hate and led around by their noses by Party leaders, they will sit silently by while applauding actions to limit speech and opinion.
originally posted by: AboveBoard
a reply to: AboveBoard
And yes, I am aware of left leaning Moore.
Political hit pieces come in multiple flavors.
but why the secrecy? Why does the person or group that funded this want to remain in the shadows? How is wanting to understand that an insult to the first amendment?
ETA - I'm genuinely curious about that. Not implying an answer one way or the other. Anyone?
In the case the conservative lobbying group Citizens United wanted to air a film critical of Hillary Clinton and to advertise the film during television broadcasts in apparent violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, commonly known as the McCain–Feingold Act or "BCRA". Section 203 of BCRA defined an "electioneering communication" as a broadcast, cable, or satellite communication that mentioned a candidate within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary, and prohibited such expenditures by corporations and unions. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia held that §203 of BCRA applied and prohibited Citizens United from advertising the film Hillary: The Movie in broadcasts or paying to have it shown on television within 30 days of the 2008 Democratic primaries. The Supreme Court reversed this decision, striking down those provisions of BCRA that prohibited corporations (including nonprofit corporations) and unions from making independent expenditures and "electioneering communications". The majority decision overruled Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce (1990) and partially overruled McConnell v. Federal Election Commission (2003). The Court, however, upheld requirements for public disclosure by sponsors of advertisements (BCRA §201 and §311). The case did not involve the federal ban on direct contributions from corporations or unions to candidate campaigns or political parties, which remain illegal in races for federal office.
originally posted by: yuppa
a reply to: AboveBoard
The Group is made up of individuals and if they decide as a group to stay anonymous then its perfectly legal to do so. Also a Documentary is not a advertisement. Unless they directly say we want you to vote against this canidate or canidates its NOT Electioneering.
Also This is WAY before 30 days before the Presidential election so there goes THAT out th ewindow.
MVD Visual announces the release of a new film from Highway 61 Entertainment - ELVIS FOUND ALIVE - for North American distribution on DVD on January 24, 2012. Also a new CD 'Elvis Found Alive' will be released digitally on December 6, and on CD January 10. Film description below:
ELVIS has been FOUND, ALIVE! After visiting Graceland, Director Joel Gilbert made a Freedom of Information Act request for US government files on Elvis Presley. Incredibly, documents arrived from the FBI revealing an address for Federal Agent "Jon Burrows," Elvis' 1970's alias, in Simi Valley, California. After a brief confrontation, Elvis agreed to chronicle the secret history of his life and "death" in an exclusive interview.
In Elvis Found Alive, Elvis reflects on his early life and career, and describes his admiration for his look-alike, comic book hero Captain Marvel Jr. He explains that social unrest in the late 1960's and terrorism by the Weather Underground drove him to ask President Nixon to make him a Federal Agent. "If I could help save America, maybe it was my true destiny that God had prepared me for."