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Bloggers And The FEC - Update

If you've read through the Federal Election Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding "public communication" you'll notice that they appear to be trying to lurch toward regulating political blogs and other internet communication, but they're doing so by trying to shave the sides of their square regulatory peg to fit it into the circular hole of the internet. While there is a bipartisan effort in the House and the Senate (Bills by Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)) to exclude the Internet from the definition of "public communication" in the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002, there is a June 3rd deadline for public comment on the FEC's proposed rules.

The Chicago Tribune picks up the story of the FEC's proposed rules, and notes this from said FEC Commissioner Bradley Smith who first alerted bloggers to the impending changes, "The fundamental presumption has changed from the Internet being unregulatable to now it will be regulated."

Red at Scared Monkeys has a list of questions for the FEC, that as of yet do not have good answers. Mike Krempasky at RedState attempts to answer a few of the questions, though the answers do not bode well for political bloggers. Sean Hackbarth has a rather interesting plan to fight regulation. Greg Prince at UNCoRRELATED says, "Getting blogs entangled in FEC regulations and campaign finance regulation is a profoundly bad idea. That's all there is to it."

FEC treads into sticky web of political blogs - [Chicago Tribune]


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Comments (3)

I oppose any special arrang... (Below threshold)

I oppose any special arrangements to "clean up" the deleterious effects of the "Campaign Finance Reform" law with regards to any particular area of concern. The law should be applied as written to every area, until it finally becomes obvious to the most naive citizen what a disaster this law is. The law needs to be fixed, not its application to our favorite things.

This is analogous to Social Security. Many groups saw how poorly it performs compared to other approaches, so they carved out special exceptions for themselves (think public employees, railroad unions, Congress, etc, etc.) This removed lots of pressure that would have existed to change the Social Security system. Think how much earlier we might have fixed Social Security if there had been no exceptions.

Good luck with that regulat... (Below threshold)

Good luck with that regulation plan, boys.

Now me, being a cynical fella, I'm putting my money into offshore hosting services...

I have not yet been able to... (Below threshold)

I have not yet been able to overcome my angst and disdain for the legislation based upon Senator Reid's involvement with it. I think that's posing a very negative draw to the efforts, more than anything, Reid as host of the effort.






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