Friday, March 4, 2005
Bradley Smith, one of the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, has went on record as saying that freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over.
"In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines."
That means that I, your humble blogger, could be fined for posting a link to, which now goes to, during an election if these guys get their way.
"The real question is: Would a link to a candidate's page be a problem? If someone sets up a home page and links to their favorite politician, is that a contribution? This is a big deal, if someone has already contributed the legal maximum, or if they're at the disclosure threshold and additional expenditures have to be disclosed under federal law."
But you all have my back don't you? If they were to ever come after me I could count on all of you to protest and commit civil disobedience to set me free. Right?
Credit: CNET News
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