FEC Issues Draft Rules For Internet Politics

Money and politics and the Internet. When the talk turns to politics online, how do you regulate who’s paying to get out the message? Can you regulate it? I was interviewed for Scott Tong’s Federal Elections Commission (FEC) story on Marketplace (heard on more than 330 public radio stations nationwide), you can listen to the story here.

Today the members of The Online Coalition received the FEC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [PDFWord], which we’re still looking through. The mood is cautiously optimistic. Mike Krempasky of Red State has the full content of the proposed rules in web readable form. The FEC is holding open hearings on the proposed changes tomorrow and members of The Online Coalition will be in attendance.

Our efforts have been noticed, and it appears that our concerns have been addressed. In a 40+ page document it’s likely that some part of the proposed rules will have unintended consequences that only sharp bloggers will catch. The document is a draft and input was solicited.

Elsewhere:

FEC Draft Rule Looks Good for (Non Corporate) Bloggers [Democracy Project]
Online politicking receives temporary reprieve [CNET]
Eugene Volokh comments [The Volokh Conspiracy]
Nevermind [PunditGuy]

Update: Mark Tapscott reports on the public hearing.

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