Thursday, March 03, 2005

The coming crackdown on blogging

Ok, this story, to me, underscores exactly how the campaign finance laws impact free speech.

The FEC exempted the Internet from the talons of McCain-Feingold in 2002, but a District Court decision overturned that exemption. Accordingly, a blog linking to a candidate's homepage could theoretically be considered an ad and a donation that would have to be valued and disclosed.

And exactly how are they supposed to value that? And if I link to, say, a press release on the Rice for President '08 website (it could happen...) I have to coordinate a filing with the U.S. government. This seems amazingly chilling on free speech, to me.

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