Friday, March 4

Campaign Finance Deform Hits the Blogs

CNet broke the news that the FEC might start to enforce the campaign finance reform law against bloggers. Potentially any link or endorsement of a candidate will be seen as a contribution and limited in the classic way.

"In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines."

Michelle Malkin notes that this is something that that bloggers of all political stripes should unite against. And have.

This just shows again how deformed the whole law was. How do you ever think you are going to keep money out of politics and yet keep your free speech? How are you going to let people speak their peace (which often includes money) and yet not see it as funding a campaign?

It needs to be thrown all out, but in the mean time, the leading edge that blogging creates in free speech should lead the way in any protest to their free speech rights. The MSM won't worry about this since campaign finance deform only increases their power, but let the virtual free speech world of left and right unite! Flood 'em Congressmen's email box with protest!

Feingold can be emailed at his site here.