MRC Files FEC Complaint Against Bloomberg News

By Michael W. Chapman | December 10, 2019 | 9:00am EST
Democratic presidential contender and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg. (Getty Images)
Democratic presidential contender and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg. (Getty Images)

( -- Because Bloomberg News has ordered its reporters to investigate President Trump but not to investigate presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and the other Democratic contenders in the race, the Media Research Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) contending that the selective coverage "potentially is an improper contribution to Bloomberg's campaign."

“Bloomberg News is making a mockery of legitimate journalism," said MRC President Brent Bozell in a Dec. 10 statement. "They have consciously chosen to abandon their journalistic responsibilities in favor of what is politically convenient."

“This is a public declaration that Bloomberg’s newsroom is adopting media bias as an official policy,” Bozell added.

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(Getty Images)

Michael Bloomberg, 77, is the co-founder, CEO, and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, which owns Bloomberg News. On Nov. 24, 2019, Bloomberg announced that he was running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. 

"According to FEC law, the 'media exemption' that would normally exempt media organizations from federal campaign finance disclosure laws does not apply if 'the facility is owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate' should the organization fail to 'give reasonably equal coverage to all opposing candidates,'" reads the MRC statement. 

"The complaint asserts that the decision to investigate President Donald Trump and not the opposing Democratic candidates can be considered a contribution – or a thing of value – under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and should therefore be investigated by the FEC for potential FECA violations."

MRC President L. Brent Bozell III.  (MRC)
MRC President L. Brent Bozell III. (MRC)

The full complaint can be read here

In a final remark, MRC President Brent Bozell said that Bloomberg News' action “is not only categorically unethical, but potentially illegal, which is why we are calling for an investigation.”

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