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[There is an argument that when statutory or regulatory language is clear, the proper move is to apply it ruthlessly, and use such absurd results to force a future change, but that change is, now, only a future one.]
On the other advisory opinion we've been tracking, the FEC voted 3-1 to reject the draft opinion which would have allowed ActBlue to solicit funds from the public for labor PACs and the like, and then voted 5-0 for the draft which will allow ActBlue to work with such organizations to solicit funds from their own members.
Not a great day for technology in politics.
updated: Edwards campaign statement:
"Although today's decision by the FEC is a setback to the progressive grassroots movement, our campaign has all of the resources it needs to aggressively make our case to voters. Even without the ActBlue contributions included, we will meet our projected $10 million in matching funds."
update II:Via ActBlue executive director Jonathan Zucker:
With $33 million raised -- half from contributions under $50 -- ActBlue has empowered grassroots donors across the country. Using new tools and techniques, we are creating a new era of small-donor democracy. Unfortunately, it is going to take a bit longer for the regulatory regime to reflect these positive advances in our politics.
We are honored by and grateful to the thousands of people who wrote to the FEC in support of ActBlue. Their passionate participation in our democracy is exactly what motivates our work.
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Dec 14, 2007 at 12:41 PM PST.