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Perkins Coie becomes strong arm for Obama and FCC

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Perkin Coie letter

ORLANDO, February 24, 2014 — The law firm of Perkins Coie now appears to be the strong arm of the FCC and the Democratic Party. Americans for Prosperity has published a letter they allege to be from Perkins Coie. The letter appears to threaten revocation of FCC licenses to any station airing an Americans for Prosperity anti-Obamacare television commercial.

Addressed Dear Station Manger, the letter says:

“We write regarding an advertisement with questionable claims sponsored by American for Prosperity (“AFP”) that may be airing on your stations. This ad, entitled “Julie’s Story: It’s Time to Listen,” claims Julie Boonstra had her “insurance … cancelled because of Obamacare,” and that now her “out of pocket costs are so high it’s unaffordable.” For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station should immediately require AFP to provide the factual documentation for its claims if you are going to continue airing this advertisement.

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The accuracy of claims made by a female cancer patient who appears in the ad were challenged by the Washington Post on February 20, which is when the Perkins Coie letter is dated. The letter includes a reference to the Washington Post article as part of a warning that television stations could run afoul of FCC regulations which prohibit “false and misleading advertising.”


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This letter echoes the FCC’s recently announced plan to conduct news content studies to  “identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations” in order to insure that the news being developed is in the best interest of the public.

This is not the first time intimidation has been used to influence the news. In 2008, in a story on supposed “truth squads,” News Channel 4 Missouri reported that prosecutors and sheriffs from across Missouri were joining Barack Obama truth squads, whose mission was to remind voters that Barack Obama is a Christian and to respond to any political ads that may violate Missouri ethics laws.

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Previously, attorney Judith Corley of Perkins Coie’s Seattle office reportedly retrieved and couriered back to Washington two certified copies of Obama’s long-form Hawaii birth certificate. This was supposedly provided by Hawaii Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy, who would later perish in the Pacific Ocean after a December 11, 2013 plane crash.

It remains unclear if Obama’s repeated mantra, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan” constitutes false and misleading advertising under those same FCC regulations. If so, one may wonder, does that mean that every television station which broadcast Obama making Affordable Care Act promises which were later broken is at risk of FCC license revocation?

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Alan Jones

Alan Jones is an investigative journalist covering a wide range of areas. He has worked in the financial industry and has lived overseas.

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  • ecinkc

    I propose a new ad highlighting Gary Peters’ use of Obama’s personal attorney’s law firm to bully and threaten FCC license revocation to media outlets which continue to air certain political messages they regard as disparaging to Peter’s supported Affordable Care Act.

    “Congressman Gary Peters passionately wants you to know that there is nothing wrong with the Obamacare program he loves and supports. In fact, he is so passionate about convincing you that the Federal Government’s solution is the only right solution that he has solicited the elite legal team of President Obama to intimidate this broadcast station for airing content that brings to light what some sonsider to be Obamacare’s shortcomings. Gary Peters and Obama’s lawyers are working together make you learn that Obamacare is what you need–working together by threatening to revoke the FCC license of this station to make sure the only things you hear about Obamacare are the things Gary Peters and the Democratic party want you to believe about it. That’s right; Gary Peters is so committed to help you, he will even fight hard to restrain free speech and to make sure that the Federal Government’s approved messages encouraging Obamacare are the only messages you will be allowed to hear. Remember: Vote for Gary Peters for Senate. Help him ensure that the government quickly seizes control over what we are permitted to say about how the government has seized control of your heath care.”

  • Henry Hawk

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  • Gene Pratt

    Sounds like OBAMARX’S GESTAPO is the FCC, is that anything like the SS, PERKINS COIE sounds very socialist to me and seem to have the same disregard for our human rights as their IMPERIAL leader, and we all know those so called birth certificate’s were not even good forgeries, this is an insult to the AMERICAN PEOPLE and guarantees that WE THE PEOPLE will never again let the dummieRATS get such a hold on the government, they are all traitors to their oaths to protect, preserve, and defend the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, and to the AMERICAN PEOPLE who elected them. If anyone does not see what is going on in our government then they are brain dead or had their brains eaten by zombies to not be able to see that OBAMARX and his dummieRATS, and their cronies are out to destroy our FREEDOMS, and the AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE, all this is how HITLER took over GERMANY, step by step and now we are seeing it again, and there have been some HOLOCAUST survivors who have even been on FACEBOOK, U-TUBE, TWITTER who will tell you that this is like deja vu to them and have said over and over do not let the government take your guns, because then you will have no way to protect your family or your freedoms, PERIOD!!!!

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