Federal Elections Commission starts looking at rules for blogs
see "FEC treads into sticky web of political blogs" (From Chicago Tribune, 6/1)
The FEC is looking at rules which would put political advertising on blogs on an equal footing with other political ads in terms of requiring disclosure of the funding source for the ads as well as disclosure of payments from candidates or campaigns to a blogger for writing or fund-raising.
Although I dislike the idea of blog regulation it may be better not to oppose something along these lines if it keeps the FEC from arguing that unpaid political writing counts as a campaign contribution.
It's hard to know whether FEC regulation of blogs would tend to forestall further regulation or simply open the Pandora's Box.
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