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Bloviating Zeppelin: Blogging? Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Blogging? Breathe A Sigh Of Relief


You will not need a License To Blog.

You may now exhale.

The Federal Election Commission decided Monday (03-27) that the nation's new campaign finance law will not apply to most political activity on the Internet.

In a 6-0 vote, the commission decided to regulate only paid political ads placed on another person's Web site.

The decision means that bloggers and online publications will not be covered by provisions of the new election law. Internet bloggers and individuals will therefore be able to use the Internet to attack or support federal candidates without running afoul of campaign spending and contribution limits.

"The law was never intended to regulate private citizen communication on the Internet," said Commission Vice Chairman Robert D. Lenhard. "I believe that we have achieved that goal today."

Commissioners said the new rule also specifically changes several other FEC regulations to make it clear that Internet activity, such as blogging, e-mail communications and online publications, is not covered by the campaign law.

For example, the rule says individuals can use union or corporate computers or other electronic devices for political activity, as long they do it on their own time and are not coerced to engage in such activity by the union or corporation.

Bloggers would be entitled to the same exemption from the campaign finance law that newspapers and other traditional forms of media receive.

Chalk this up to the government, specifically the FEC, actually doing the right thing.




Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

It is shocking but I know I'm breathing a sigh of relief. Its sad that it was ever even an issue.

Tue Mar 28, 04:11:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

LMC: It may seem silly, but I actually held my breath on this one. I really did not have the confidence that the commission would find properly.

You're 100% correct: it's sad to have even been an issue in its interpretation.


Tue Mar 28, 04:29:00 PM PST  
Blogger echotig said...

Feel the awesome power of the blogosphere! Doesn't it feel great?

Tue Mar 28, 04:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Echo: we are now officially UNLEASHED!!


Tue Mar 28, 05:20:00 PM PST  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

No, no license to blog... I do have a poetic license... but it doesn't do me much good...

Tue Mar 28, 07:14:00 PM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...


We don't NEED no steenkin' license...

Tue Mar 28, 08:48:00 PM PST  

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