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TBAF Board Members Respond to Rare Unanimous FEC Decision Regarding Proposed Facebook Ads

TBAF Board Members Respond to Rare Unanimous FEC Decision Regarding Proposed Facebook AdsMembers of the Take Back Action Fund Board of Directors responded to a unanimous decision by the Federal Elections Commission that its proposed Facebook ads potentially advocating the defeat of Democratic candidates based on hypocrisy over disclosing political contributions involving Russia and other issues.

"I've been running hard-hitting political ads that play by the rules for years," said TBAF Board Member Charles Hellwig, who first worked with TBAF President John Pudner on Ollie North's run for US Senate in 1994. "However, if the FEC had deadlocked again on a Facebook matter it would have sent a clear signal that we were free to pay to run our attacks through Facebook without ever having to say Take Back Action Fund was the one paying for the ads.  We are happy we made this point, and that every group now knows they can no longer assume the FEC will deadlock and be una…

Take Back Action Fund President at FEC Thursday

On Thursday, the Federal Election Commission will take up a request by Take Back Action Fund regarding the need for disclaimers on Facebook Advertising. The Action was created by people who wanted to join Take Back Our Republic as conservatives concerned about the need for campaign finance reform, but who wanted to engage in activities that went beyond the scope of Take Back Our Republic, which is a non-profit under 501(c)3 of the IRS code.

The Action Fund is a 501(c)4 that shares the conviction that voters have the right to know who is producing political advertising, particularly to identify attempts to flood huge amounts of money from foreign countries. To that end, the Action Fund asked the FEC if potential hard-hitting social media ads would require the same kind of disclosure required when similar TV commercials or direct mail attack pieces must provide.

The Action Fund is encouraged by two draft response to the request to be considered Thursday, which is identified as Agenda Docu…