FEC Rules May Apply to Bloggers

I was just interviewed by Laura Jones at KCPW on the recent news that the FEC may apply campaign finance laws to bloggers. If you don't take money from a campaign or a PAC, the rules wouldn't apply and so, I think it makes it a pretty narrow application. I actually think its good for blogging for two reasons:

  • This is one more mark that the Internet has come of age in campaigns. After Dean showed that the Internet was a viable medium for raising money and connecting with people, it's inevitable that FEC rules would be applied.
  • This will weed out some of the pseudoblogs that are really fronts for campaigns or PACs by forcing them into the open.

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