FLASHBACK: Laura Loomer Files FEC Complaint Against Twitter for Trying to Derail Her Campaign
Congressional candidate Laura Loomer is currently mired in a defamation lawsuit against Facebook which is still stuck in the courts.
The embattled conservative candidate and alternative media personality has made waves by deciding to run for office in Florida’s 21st congressional district after suffering a vicious deplatforming campaign at the hands of Big Tech.
Short-term memory often keeps us from getting the bigger picture. Going back to January 27, 2020, Loomer filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Twitter, claiming that the company made an in-kind donation to her political opponents by depriving her access to the social media platform.
Charlie Spies is Loomer’s legal counsel and has a number of high-profile FEC cases under his belt. Spies said in a statement, “This is a first-of-its-kind complaint and takes into account the influential role that social media corporations play in our elections.”
Spies added, “Once Ms. Loomer became a federal candidate, it became illegal for Twitter to ban her while providing free access to her Democrat opponent. Corporate owned public forums like Twitter must either provide equal time and access for all candidates for public office, or charge market value. Twitter should not be exempt from Equal Time laws, and a violation like the one occurring with Ms. Loomer is an impermissible in-kind corporate contribution to her opponent.”
The Equal Times laws that Spies alluded to have been in place for some time and outline that broadcasters must provide equal time to all political candidate who request it. Put simply, if a Democrat is allowed to have five minutes of airtime on a radio or TV station, their Republican opponent must be allotted the same amount of time.
Allum Bokhari of Breitbart News highlighted how this standard would be applied to social media:
Applied to social media platforms, this would imply that if a Democrat candidate is allowed unlimited access to a service like Twitter, then their opponent must be allowed the same level of access. Loomer’s complaint alleges that by granting her political opponents access to the platform while denying it to her, Twitter is making an illegal in-kind contribution to those opponents.
“Twitter has become a primary method of communication for candidates and elected officials to speak directly to their supporters without the filter of the media,” remarked Spies. “President Trump proved this in 2016 and continues the practice today. Twitter’s continued ban against Laura Loomer, prevents her campaign from having equal access that is required under the law.”
The entire FEC complaint can be found here.
Loomer has been one of the leading voices against political correctness in the Trump era.
Her deplatforming illustrates the lengths that legacy outlets will go to silence dissidents in America.
If the Right wants to preserve freedom in America, it should do everything it can to back Loomer and hopefully get her elected to Congress.