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  •  The real solution.... (none)
    ... is to:

    1) Give blogs the press exemption (which the FEC decided to do, but for which Wertheimer's slugging them) and 2) support the work of Public Campaign.

    •  Don't think so. (none)
      "Blog" is a legally meaningless word.  Say I organize a pro-Hillary "blog" which would raise money and publish pro-Hillary information on the internet.  OK with that as an unregulated campaign expense?

      Now, suppose as part of my blog activity, I print some of my choicer posts and mail them to a million voters as part of a project to promote traffice to my site.  So now I've sent out a million pro-Hillary (or maybe anti-someone-else) mailers as part of my blog.

      That loophole is large enough to drive a campaign bus through.  The problem is not the existence of blogs, it's these poorly thought out campaign finance laws.

      Is America finally suffering from Idiot Fatigue?

      by LarryInNYC on Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 12:57:40 PM PST

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      •  once you fall out of the press function (none)
        You fall out of the press exception.  For example, if a newspaper went beyond publishing an editorial endorsing a candidate to sending workers door-to-door to do GOTV, that would not be an allowable corporate expenditure.
        •  I can't possibly see (none)
          why a newspaper that endorses a candidate should be exempt from the laws as written, except that an otherwise nonsensical exception was carved out to protect them.  Delivering X million copies of an endorsement like that pretty clearly falls under the kind of speech that is regulated.

          In any event, I think the exception is not so clearly due to blogs.  It might be -- but it doesn't seem open and shut to me, I would expect to have to deal with these kinds of challenges.

          Is America finally suffering from Idiot Fatigue?

          by LarryInNYC on Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 06:37:15 PM PST

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      •  Depends (none)
        Say I organize a pro-Hillary "blog" which would raise money and publish pro-Hillary information on the internet.  OK with that as an unregulated campaign expense?

        You are saying some conflicting things here.

        What are you raising the funds for and how?

        If the "money you raise" is simply punting people to her contribution page... no. Absolutely no regulation should impede you doing so. If she is paying you (directly or through blogads) it shows up on her FEC filings already.

        I guess i have a hard time understanding the argument that Fox gets to have a website spewing whatever it wants, yet somehow individual citizens are forced out via misguided and de-facto exclusionary laws.

        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 07:02:31 PM PST

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