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  •  And if (none)
    THe New York Times or The Wall Street Journal printed the address of the same site?

    Pithecanthropus "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

    by johnmorris on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 08:50:27 AM PST

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    •  then (none)
      Exempt under federal law.  It's not an expenditure on behalf of a campaign if it's a "communication appearing in a news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station[, newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication], unless such facilities are owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate."

      Now, suppose Wal*Mart had a "corporate blog" that encouraged people to donate to Candidate X.  Problem?

      •  Yes and no (none)
        If it is on their intranet, they are using their power over employees to influence them, a no-no.

        If it's on their public site I don't see a problem

        In the future people will wonder why most didn't challenge Bush's excesses
        The truth? Complacency was easier

        by lawnorder on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 10:25:49 AM PST

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        •  Okay (none)
          Say Amazon.com only solicited contributions on behalf of liberal candidates on their website, which gets millions of hits each day.  Is that providing something of value to those campaigns which ought to be reported?

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