We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Bloggers and the FEC: Let the FEC know what you think - RedState has the links and the info, and I quote RedState here:
My apologies for missing this, but I've seen this quote from yesterday's Tribune article tossed about on some blogs and in some cases used as a justification for people remaining on their backsides.
Web loggers, who pride themselves on freewheeling political activism, might face new federal rules on candidate endorsements, online fundraising and political ads, though bloggers who don't take money from political groups would not be affected.
In short: um, no. People that support campaign finance reform often repeat the mantra: "we don't regulate speech, we regulate money." Over and over we hear it. But if it's not true, it's certainly not complete. The FEC can regulate anything of value - even perceived value. Don't believe me, see for yourself. (2 USC 431)
(A) The term “contribution” includes— (i) any gift, subscription, loan, advance, or deposit of money or anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office
Getting worried yet? Good. If you sell advertising on the open market and then give an ad away to a regulated political entity - you're stuck. Worse would be the FEC determining that favorable blog posts were the equivalent to advertising.
Jun 1st, 2005: 08:43:15, Not Rated
This is a free speech issue, as is all campaign finance regulation. They are only taking input for two more days, so send your opinion, as I already did, in a friendly, informative, respectful manner to: Internet@FEC.gov