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  •  I'm not sure this is a bad thing. (1+ / 0-)
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    In NC we had a "Stand By Your Ad" statute (until the GOP clogged NCGA repealed it) that stated that any political ad had to name the people who paid for it.  I think that's important information.  Likewise, if I'm reading something written by a paid shill, I'd like to know it up front.  I'm not likely to change my opinion of the piece knowing that it's a really long political ad and not the op-ed it tries to pass itself off as, but I'd like to know it's a political ad going in.

    Addressing your points above,

    Has California state and local politics been overrun by covert, deceptive online activity? Are citizens bamboozled on a regular basis?
    I'd strike "California state and local" and "online" from that quote and say yes, politics has indeed been overrun by covert, deceptive activity -- on and offline.
    Why limit such regulations to bloggers?
    A very good question indeed -- it shouldn't be.  And, in fact, it probably isn't... It's simply that in other forms of media these policies already exist.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 11:29:00 AM PDT

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