Wednesday, March 15, 2006

What is a political blog?

It is a little like pornography isn’t it? You know it when you see it.

Have you ever posted about politics on your blog? Have you ever mentioned a candidate for office favorably or otherwise? What was the value of that post? Would you want to file a monthly statement with the Federal Election Commission as political action committees are required to do? Or do you think your blog should receive the same exemption that news organizations receive?

What about your clients? Have they ever posted about politics? Do you want your clients’ blogs to be subject to FEC regulation?

Is On Tap a political blog? What about Wake Up Wal-Mart? Should they be required to file financial statements with the FEC?

FEC regulation of political blogs, assuming you could define them, opens up a nasty can of worms that can only harm blogosphere, our clients, and the First Amendment.

Daily Kos on HR 1606

Red State on HR 1606

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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