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  •  no one's contending anything (none)
    Just that under the text of the current law, the Internet is not included. It's up to the FEC to figure out how to fill that gap.
    •  Do you have the text ? (none)
      Does it specifically says "the media is exempt.. Internet is not media" ?

      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 12:43:24 PM PST

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      •  2 USC 431(9)(B)(i) (none)
        "The term "expenditure" does not include--
        (i) any 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"

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        •  Wooho, we're in the clear! (none)
          Internet DEFINITELY is broadcasting. It just doesn't normally uses airwaves to do so (but it could and does in some wireless networks or wireless phones that are net capable).

          So who will make our case to the judge ?

          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 06:01:18 PM PST

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    •  through the facilities of any broadcasting station (none)
      anything transmited "through the facilities of any broadcasting station" is exempt

      That's what the law says ?

      Internet functions thanks to broadcasting stations, also known as routers.

      Seems to me we have a strong case to be considered "media" and therefore exempt.

      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 12:46:16 PM PST

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