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    d7000

    Adam, two reactions:

    1.  If HR 1606 had passed the House, I would be willing to bet that McCain or Feingold would have put a hold on it and it would never move in the Senate.  So at some point the FEC will need to issues rules or risk getting hauled by into court by the reformers.
    1.  And if Chairman Toner stops the entire rulemaking and HR 4900 is tanked, then DailyKos and many other bloggers will certainly be obligated under the law that predates BCRA to file reports with the FEC, publish their street addresses when they advocate for a candidate, etc. etc.  HR 1606 does nothing to change the rules that existed before BCRA (and that apply to bloggers today).  Only HR 4900 exempts the vast majority (if not all) bloggers from those rules.  I still simply do not understand why the leaders of the Online Coalition prefer to enact 1606 and continue to be subject to a range of FEC regulations.  No one has denied the fact that HR 4900 provides much more protection than 1606, and no one has explained why bloggers are fighting so hard to achieve less protection.

    John

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