The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Obama appears to have given preferential treatment to liberal-leaning groups on the agency’s public net-neutrality forum.
In 2014, the FCC hosted a public forum where anybody could post a comment about net neutrality. However, it appears that certain point of view was promoted through the site. Net neutrality tends to draw criticism from conservatives, who see it is as an infringement on personal freedoms, whereas liberals usually favour the policy as promoting equality.
The emails published by Wendy show that high-level FCC staff member Gigi Sohn collaborated with liberal groups Demand Progress and Fight for the Future, as well as other left-wing activists including David Segal.
According to the Daily Caller:
Aside from the ease with which the FCC agreed to say almost exactly what the liberal groups wanted to be said, providing assistance — even to the great extent FCC officials gave — is not a problem in itself. But leaders of other right leaning organizations, like Wendy and Phil Kerpen of the advocacy group American Commitment, said they were barely even able to get their foot in the door.
“When our side decided to engage in the ‘clicktivism’ battle, we tried to sort of use the same tactics to drive massive public comments,” Kerpen told TheDCNF. But because the FCC’s public filing system was so antiquated — as Scola and others including people at the FCC have corroborated to TheDCNF — comments supporting both sides of the debate were not able to make it to the platform for all to see.
What upsets Kerpen and Wendy even more is that the FCC isn’t supposed to be political. Rather, it is to be an independent expert agency that makes decisions based on data, facts, economics and the law. Since specific staff members at the FCC, like Sohn, essentially bended over backwards to help one side but failed to help others with different political views, they believe the agency rendered itself partial and subservient.