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  •  Blog posts = bumper stickers (none)
    If posts on a blog advocating a candidate can be counted as an "independent expenditure" then so can posting a candidates bumper sticker on your car.

    Ancient Chinese curse: May you live in Interesting Times

    by Chris Andersen on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 09:46:38 AM PST

    •  yes, but (none)
      When the candidate prints that bumper sticker, he has to account for it.  If you draw your own, it's fine, because you only have to report an independent expenditure that's over $250 in value, which this isn't.
    •  Doesn't map (none)
      A bumper sticker on your car is exempt, as under the $250 threshhold for reporting. make 50 stickers for your friends, and it's still exempt. Produce and pass out 5,000 stickers, and you're required to report. It's not the value of the car, but the printing bill that counts.

      The Republican Party: We get government off your back, and drop it on your head.

      by ben masel on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 09:52:00 AM PST

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      •  True, unless (none)
        you're doing fundraising - in that case, the FEC has interpreted the contribution to be related to the amount of money the campaign receives.
        •  If i make a bumpersticker (none)
          reading "Give to Vermin Supreme," how does the FEC know which donations came because of the sticker? Even if a donor follows a link on a blog, it's not clear if the donation would have been sent anyway. Now Markos practice of asking readers to donate (x dollars plus) $.01, with the intent that the recipient recognise the donation as dkos donation, does provide a marker for considering it an attributable donation, more than simply clicking a link.

          The Republican Party: We get government off your back, and drop it on your head.

          by ben masel on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 10:03:04 AM PST

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          •  True (none)
            You hit on the point - the offline rules for this stuff don't transmit well to the internet, which is why the FEC originally exempted this stuff. Unfortuately, the judge disagreed and ordered them to do it. That's the danger.

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