Recently, Twitter suspended Russia Today’s promotional activities, who in 2016 spent $270,000 on Twitter advertising.

Also, a RT marketing campaign in New York came under the scrutiny of the United States Department of Justice, who asked the network to register as a under the Foreign Agents Registration act of 1938, FARA.

A Kremlin-backed TV station operating in the United States can be characterized as a foreign agent, but what about foreign-led corporations who use sponsorships on mainstream media to steer political outcomes by backing certain commentators while denying support to others, thereby throttling or stifling mainstream media free speech. Should the meddlesome actions of these foreign-led sponsors be labeled foreign influence?

Take for example Keurig, who withdrew its sponsorship of Hannity, one of the most popular mainstream television and radio commentators in recent history over his coverage of United States senate candidate Roy Moore.

Keurig appears to be a US company out of Vermont but is owned by a privately held business group, JAB, headquartered in the Western European country of Luxembourg, neighboring the EU capitol in Belgium. Volvo, another European-led / Chinese-owned corporation, also withdrew its sponsorship from Hannity, apparently with a similar rationale to Keurig.

There is no good rationale for the drop in sponsorship other than mischaracterizations from Left-leaning activists.

Of all the parties covering the Roy Moore story, Mr. Hannity has provided some of the most professional and balanced coverage, saying, “Every single person in this country deserves the presumption of innocence. With the allegations against Judge Moore, none of us know the truth of what happened 38 years ago. The only people that would know are the people involved in this incident,” adding that Moore “should step aside and leave the Senate race” if the allegations are true.

To crystalize the issue and to present a more obscure alternative rationale for the drop in sponsorship, a sitting United States Senator can marshal significant power in international trade affairs by leading entire trade reform efforts, lobbing his colleagues on trade matters, or by being the critical vote needed on important international trade deal ratification.

Foreign interested parties would like nothing better than to choose United States Senators who are friendly to their agendas, and it is no secret that the current Republican establishment is against Roy Moore becoming a senator, spending $30 million dollars to defeat him during the primaries.

It’s highly likely that the real driver on most political discourse today is money, lots of money locked up in complex and obscure international trade deals.

If the US Congress is going to look at meddling by Russia on US elections, perhaps they should also look at the potential meddling by other countries and trading blocs who choose to leverage corporate media sponsorships to subtly steer election outcomes that are beneficial to their trade and other national interests.

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