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!
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?