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RNC files FEC complaint against Twitter after Post censoring

The Republican National Committee lodged a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, claiming that Twitter’s unprecedented censoring of The Post’s Hunter Biden exposé amounted to a “illegal corporate in-kind political contribution” to Joe Biden’s campaign.

The complaint accuses the Silicon Valley giant of being “a partisan actor, run by partisan Democrats” after it blocked users from sharing a link to The Post’s reporting — even locking of users who shared the article, including The Post, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, and the Trump campaign.

“Respondent is engaged in arguably the most brazen and unprecedented act of media suppression in this country’s history, and it is doing so for the clear purpose of supporting the Biden campaign,” the complaint read.

The RNC claimed the social media giant, run by Jack Dorsey, was “using its corporate resources to provide active support for Joe Biden’s campaign in violation of federal law.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Thursday said they will hold a hearing Tuesday to compel Dorsey to testify about the troubling censorship of The Post’s uncovering of Ukraine- and China-related documents tied to Hunter Biden and his dad.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R. Mo) has also sent a letter to the Federal Electoral Commission asking for an investigation into whether the censorship was an in-kind contribution — calling the gagging of The Post “really alarming.”

“This is not some random blog. This is the newspaper founded by Alexander Hamilton, for heaven’s sake,” Hawley told reporters.

The RNC on Friday charged Twitter with restricting the reporting “before independent fact checkers had even weighed in on the accuracy of the story” and asked the FEC to investigate.

On Wednesday and Thursday, The Post published Hunter Biden emails recovered from a hard drive that indicated the former vice president’s oft-troubled son tried to sell access to the elder Biden in exchange for lucrative, million-dollar contracts.

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“Democrat media consultants can only dream of such abilities. Through its ad hoc, partisan suppression of media critical of Biden, Respondent is making illegal, corporate in-kind contributions as it provides unheard-of media services for Joe Biden’s campaign,” the complaint read.

Federal campaign finance law strictly prohibits corporations from making contributions to federal candidates, with “contributions” defined as “anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing an election.”

Listed among the committee’s complaints is what they described as a “revolving door between the Biden campaign and the company,” noting that Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris’ former press secretary now serves as Twitter’s senior communications manager.

The social media company’s public policy director also recently joined Biden’s campaign as its transition manager, while 98.7 percent of the company’s total political contributions have gone to the Democratic Party, the complaint charged.

RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel described Twitter’s decision to limit sharing of the damaging news articles as “so transparently biased it would make even the governments of China or North Korea blush.”

“Twitter’s flagrant bias and direct support for one presidential candidate over the other should result in the proper financial ramifications under our campaign finance laws,” she said.

Dorsey apologized for his company’s ham-fisted handling of the reporting, admitting their behavior was “unacceptable.’


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