Coal company gets $5000 fine for ‘Fire Obama’ signs

Bob Murray of Murray Energy
Bob Murray of Murray Energy

During the 2012 election, Murray Energy paid some $22,000 for anti-Obama signs that read, “STOP the WAR on COAL — FIRE OBAMA.”  Unfortunately, the signs did not include a disclaimer that is required by federal election laws.

As a result, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) took action after a liberal group from Ohio complained.  The company has since agreed to pay $5,000 in fines. The Daily Caller reported:

Murray energy argued it didn’t know it had to disclose paying for the signs, adding that the signs could “reasonably be read to primarily advocate a policy result longtime publicized” by the company. Murray also argued it stopped distributing the signs once a complaint against them was filed, and the company noted it hadn’t included a disclaimer because other similar signs did not have one.

Turns out ignorance of election law is no excuse, especially when it comes to anti-Obama activity.

“Because Murray Energy’s ‘STOP the WAR on COAL – FIRE OBAMA’ signs are public communications that contain express advocacy, they required a disclaimer,” FEC attorneys said.

Robert Murray, president of Murray Energy, has long been a critic of the Obama regime’s coal policies, the Daily Caller said.

“President Barack Obama, his appointed cabinet cronies, and his supporters in the U. S. House and Senate, are rapidly accelerating their attacks on our jobs and nothing has been enacted to even slow them down, let alone stop them,” Murray told a crowd at Ohio University in 2013. “Mr. Obama has totally usurped the legislation branch of our federal government in his radical agenda.”

Here’s video of Murray discussing the Obama regime’s actions on coal with Neil Cavuto:


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