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Clinton Lawyer Helped Facebook's Fight Against Ad Disclaimer Rules

Clinton Lawyer Helped Facebook's Fight Against Ad Disclaimer Rules
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By    |   Thursday, 28 September 2017 02:18 PM

The attorney who was general counsel for Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign fought on behalf of Facebook in 2011 to be exempt from rules governing disclaimers on political advertising, CNN reported.

The very thing that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg now asserts his social media giant will start doing voluntarily was something he sought an exception for in 2011, and attorney Marc Elias was on the legal team representing Zuckerberg, CNN reported.

The report comes in the aftermath of a report that Facebook sold 3,000 ads worth $100,000 to Russian fake news operatives ahead of the election that Clinton lost, with Elias as her general counsel.

But in 2011, Facebook didn't want to be bothered with Federal Elections Commission rules that stated political communications must come with disclaimers that it was an ad and who paid for the ad, CNN reported.

Zuckerberg's legal team, including Elias, argued that adding a disclaimer would be impractical on Facebook then, given that the ads that ran on the social platform were too small to include a disclaimer, CNN reported.

Though the FEC's decision ended in a 3-3 split, it became an exception by proxy and Facebook proceeded to allow ads without disclaimers, CNN reported.

"If a request for an exception splits 3-3 — that is, if it does not get the four votes required for action, sophisticated lawyers in DC know that enforcement won't be brought against them because the three commissioners who voted for the exception will vote against enforcement," Ann Ravel, a former FEC commissioner, told CNN.

Zuckerberg had Elias, in part, to thank for that.

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