All the Democrats on the Federal Election Commission recently voted in secret to punish Fox News, claiming the way the network structured its August 2015 presidential debates represented an unlawful contribution to Republican candidates’ campaigns.
“The punishment, however, was blocked by all three Republicans on the commission, resulting in a 3-3 tie vote and no action,” the Washington Examiner reported.
One of the three Republicans on the commission, Lee E. Goodman, revealed the vote to the Examiner, noting it took place during the FEC’s May 26 meeting, the official report of which is due out on Thursday.
“At issue was the Aug. 6, 2015 Fox presidential debate. Initially, the network planned to host one debate featuring 10 candidates. But as the date got close and the nearly two dozen GOP presidential candidates were close in the polls, Fox added a second debate that included seven other candidates,” the Examiner reported.
A Republican candidate not chosen to participate filed a complaint with the FEC about Fox’s decision. The complaint alleged Fox’s decision to expand to two debates constituted an unlawful corporate contribution to the seven candidates’ campaigns.
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