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Not This Crap Again...

Blogger John Bambenek ignited a powerkeg of bipartisan protests with the revelation that he had filed a FEC complaint against the owner of Daily Kos, alleging they operate as a political committee and should be subject to FEC regulation.

You can read the responses at Daily Kos, Redstate, NRO, and Instapundit; all of them quite critical.

The now retired Online Coalition (of which I as well as Redstate and Daily Kos were members) addressed this issue before the FEC in 2005 and 2006. It just so happens that I a write up on the group in the archives and (via Adam B. at Daily Kos) a link to the letter [PDF version] filed with the FEC. Mike Krempasky wonders (rightly) if Bambenek was just completely AWOL during that period; so wrongly does he attempt to rehash already plowed ground.

I wondered if he was really that misinformed or if it was all just some sort of stunt, so I set off in search of answers... In 2005 Bambenek at least pretended to understand the issue as he posted in support of the efforts of the Online Coalition. In my book that supports the theory that this is an attempt to produce some sort of political "gotcha" stunt.

While there's hardly any content produced at Daily Kos that I would agree with, I will fight for their right to publish free from onerous FEC regulation just as fiercely as I would for this site. That's been my (and many others) position since 2005 and there's nothing in the flimsy excuse for a complaint that makes me question that stance...


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I think he's trying for a "... (Below threshold)

I think he's trying for a "who's really funding Kos?" moment.

I'm of the same mind. I th... (Below threshold)

I'm of the same mind. I think Kos' site is comprised of some the looniest of the loonies, but I also believe they should have free reign without the cumbersome regulations the FEC would burden them with, which would indeed restrict their right as private citizens to speak their minds.

They seem to me to be a collection of organized activists - not an single entity organization.

I say let Kos speak. It's g... (Below threshold)
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I say let Kos speak. It's good evidence of just how unhinged some of the lefties are.

Of course, if Kos is taken down, there's always WizBlue.

Of course, if Kos is tak... (Below threshold)

Of course, if Kos is taken down, there's always WizBlue.

The comparison is flawed. Kos has readers.

At any rate, they should keep the FEC out of it.

As much as going anywhere n... (Below threshold)

As much as going anywhere near Kos makes me ILL, freedom of speech is mandatory!!!

Hell, I'm sometimes bothered by Jay Tea looking over my shoulder moderating.......lmao

Well, DO they violate elect... (Below threshold)

Well, DO they violate election laws? I could care less if they are being crazy over in their insane asylum of a website, but if they are breaking laws as far as contributions go, and the FEC decides that they are, then they should pay the fines.

And if they aren't violating anything, then who cares? Let them be.

Lets be honest here, the on... (Below threshold)

Lets be honest here, the only reason the KOS kiddies havent done the exact same thing to someone on the conservative side is because they didnt think of it first.

And thats what they are really pissed about.






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