Like This Page: Facebook 'likes' result in FEC complaint against Wilson-Foley
Could soliciting Facebook "likes" violate campaign finance law?
The Connecticut Conservative Coalition, operated, so its website says, by Sean Murphy, has apparently filed a complaint against Congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley, alleging that her campaign and her businesses have gotten a little too close for comfort.
According to Murphy,
"It seems that the actions of Wilson-Foley’s businesses have been giving something of value to the Lisa Wilson-Foley Congressional Campaign, as discussed in 114.1(a). The businesses have utilized Wilson-Foley in its advertisements, on its websites, and on its Facebook accounts."The complaint goes on to talk about two commercials for Apple Rehab that feature the candidate. The commercials have been running on Fox News, which, as Murphy says, is known to be frequented by conservatives. Here are the videos:
And then there are the Facebook mentions. According to the complaint, Wilson-Foley is blending her personal, professional and political personas improperly on Facebook. The Facebook profile for one of her properties, Blue Fox Run Golf Course, posted this on its Facebook page, according to the complaint:
“If you get the chance please follow Lisa Wilson-Foley on her Facebook page wilsonfoley2012. She needs more friends.”The social media question is perhaps the most interesting aspect. It's so easy to post the wrong thing to an account, seeing as many users have multiple profiles. Has the FEC made a determination on social media profile usage?