FEC: Bloggers Beware

When we first heard about the Federal Election Commission coming crackdown on blogs who link to (i.e., "assist") campaigns, we had the same reaction as many of you: "Wait, we're going to have to try to understand McCain-fucking-Feingold? Numbers are scary!"

Fortunately, it seems like we might be off the hook: The FEC thinks it might judge the value of some part of blogs' assistance proportionally: "The FEC did an advisory opinion in the late 1990s (in the Leo Smith case) that I don't think we'd hold to today, saying that if you owned a computer, you'd have to calculate what percentage of the computer cost and electricity went to political advocacy."

Whew! Thank God bloggers still use their computers primarily to look at porn!

The coming crackdown on blogging [CNET]

Less heartening: Bradley Smith confides that the law may be triggered by simply "reproducing a campaign's material... That'll count as an expenditure that counts against campaign finance law." But what if it's reproduced with a "heh" at the end?


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