This morning, I have sent the following email in response to the FEC and Ms. Darr:
I regret that the Institute for Politics and Democracy on the Internet has chosen to make a public fight out of a personal email to a former IPDI staffer. It is ironic, to say the least, that the IPDI initially used its freedom of speech to submit a comment to the FEC recommending that it place new legal restrictions upon bloggers' ability to fundraise on behalf of others, and now is complaining loudly that I privately expressed an interest in using my freedom of speech to affect the IPDI's ability to fundraise for itself.
This is a distraction from the important issues at stake, and I trust that the FEC will base its decisions on the thoughtful submissions of all 800+ parties which have provided comments, and that as in the blogosphere, the better argument will win the day. I look forward to testifying before you later this month, and confirming why we believe our approach is most consistent with First Amendment values and the law.
Like I wrote, I do love the irony that Darr is using her freedom of speech to deny my ability to do fundraising on behalf of others, and complains that I'm planning to use my own freedom of speech to deny her ability to fundraise on behalf of herself.