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  •  The tricky thing (none)
    has generally been determining when money was actually spent with the purpose of supporting a candidate and when the political dimension was incidental to some other purpose. For example, if I spend $2000 building a server and launching a website in order to promote my music, but I post on the blog a brief endorsement of a local candidate, should the $2000 be considered political spending? If I rent webspace for $20 a month and periodically write political opinions, should the entire yearly bandwidth bill be considered political spending? I understand why it is important that political dollars be regulated. However, it has always seemed a little disingenuous to me when people make it sound like an easy issue, one that raises no sticky First Amendment issues.
    •  Allocation (none)
      Part of the argument before the FEC in June was over state party websites, which can be funded with non-hard dollars.  But if they have on their page a picture of a federal candidate and link to his website, Wertheimer's cohorts argued that you have to physically measure the amount of space on the homepage used for federal promotions and . . . oh, it's a mess.
      •  Not to mention that it literally gives currency (none)
        to the cliché that a picture is worth a thousand words. I can post pages and pages of text, in the amoutn fo space a 12k jpg takes.

        cheers,

        Mitch Gore

        Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

        by Lestatdelc on Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 11:57:08 AM PST

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