FEC COMPLAINT: VERMONT PBS EXCLUDED CRIS ERICSON from 2018 DEBATES! Cris Ericson is now an independent candidate in Vermont for U.S. Congress 2020. Some 2020 Democratic Party candidates for President of the United States are now complaining about being excluded from debates.
What right does publicly funded PBS have to exclude ANY candidate? PBS is funded with public tax dollars!
What right do they have to exclude anyone?
Cris Ericson complained to the Federal Election Commission
that Vermont PBS excluded her from candidate debates in 2018 even though she was on the Nov. 6, 2018 official Election Ballot. The FEC is like a secret court
and the public can not know the outcome of the complaint
until it is settled. When the complaint is settled,
the public can search the outcome by searching
“closed enforcement matters” and entering
the “Matter Under Review” number: M.U.R. #7619
http://www.fec.gov/legal-resources/enforcement/complaints-process/how-to-file-complaint-with-fec/ To protect the interests of those involved in a complaint,
the law requires that any Commission action on a MUR
be kept strictly confidential until the case is resolved.
These provisions do not, however, prevent a complainant or respondent from disclosing the substance of the complaint itself
or the response to that complaint
or from engaging in conduct that leads to the publication
of information contained in the complaint.
Nevertheless, information about a Commission notification of findings or about a Commission investigation may not be disclosed,
unless the respondent waives his or her right to confidentiality in writing.
Because the public has the right to know the outcome of any
a redacted case file is made available to the public in the Press Office and Office of Public Records within 30 days after the parties involved have been notified that the entire case has been closed.
Closed case files are also available for review on the Commission’s website.
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Other election-related laws are not within the FEC’s jurisdiction. Any person may file a complaint with the Commission
if he or she believes a violation of the federal election campaign laws or FEC regulations has occurred or is about to occur.
The Commission reviews every complaint filed.
If the Commission finds that a violation occurred,
possible outcomes can range from a letter reiterating compliance obligations to a conciliation agreement, which may include a monetary civil penalty. All FEC enforcement matters are kept confidential until they are resolved.
http://www.fec.gov/legal-resources/enforcement/complaints-process/how-to-file-complaint-with-fec/ Office of General Counsel
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http://www.fec.gov/legal-resources/enforcement/complaints-process/how-to-file-complaint-with-fec/ In order for the complaint to be considered complete and proper, it should clearly recite the facts
that show specific violations under the Commission’s jurisdiction and clearly identify each person,
committee, group, or entity that is alleged to have committed a violation (the “respondent”).
Citations to the law and regulations are not required, but the complaint should include any documentation supporting the allegations and differentiate between statements based on the complainant’s personal knowledge and those based on information and belief. Statements not based on personal knowledge should identify the source of the information.