Fed-Backed Censorship Raises Legal Questions

(RepublicanInformer.com)- During the 2020 campaign, a government agency-backed censorship apparatus targeted some members of Congress and candidates for federal office, drawing attention to thousands of online URLs and millions of social posts, raising questions about the separation of powers and election tampering.

The Election Integrity Partnership, established “in consultation” with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, named four House members and one Senate candidate in its after-action report. These individuals include Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California and frequently silenced Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia (CISA).

For 100 days before the election and around two weeks afterward, a group of four private organizations, led by Stanford and University of Washington research centers, targeted news outlets with mass reports of purported misinformation. It stated that “soft-blocking,” “content removal,” and labeling had a success rate of 35%.

The Democratic National Committee, the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, CISA, and the DHS-funded Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center could also issue misinformation “tickets” through the consortium to tech platforms.

According to former Kansas attorney general Phill Kline, interfering with lawmakers’ and candidates’ digital interactions “certainly” might count as in-kind contributions under the Federal Election Campaign Act.

He compared the federally supported consortium to “private money that turned the urban core election centers into partisan campaign turnout centers” for then-candidate Joe Biden and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 restrictions on some freedom of assembly “while she marched” in Black Lives Matter protests.

Greene is working with other lawmakers to launch an investigation that begins with evidence preservation letters this month.

The scope and duration of the censoring campaign targeting conservative voices will be revealed to the public for the first time. A study by a consortium of academics claims that Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s tweet about Twitter blocking then-President Trump for saying “people should cease breaking the law” was part of a “techlash” against social media platforms.

Rep. Mike Kelly’s lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law and claims of election fraud were cited in a lawsuit to invalidate Georgia’s election results are also discussed.

The report’s section on “repeat spreaders of electoral misinformation” on Twitter lists former Tennessee congressional candidate Robby Starbuck, who lost a legal struggle to remain on the state GOP primary ballot.