March 25, 2006
New FEC Rules on Online Political Speech
The FEC's proposed regulations of online political speech do not look too draconian:
The Federal Election Commission last night released proposed new rules that leave almost all Internet political activity unregulated except for the purchase of campaign ads on Web sites.
Jerome Armstrong of Lefty weblog MyDD sees it as webloggers getting "the media exemption." On his weblog he wonders, "However, for a camapign, I'm unsure of the implications of their ruling. From the sounds of it, Google ads and Blogads are now going to have to carry a disclaimer. I can't imagine that even being practical for candidates to run disclaimers in their search-term ads."
Here's the summary [PDF].
It appears I won't be shutting down only to have my Russian cousin (*wink* *wink*) start it up on servers in his motherland.
"Proposed FEC Rules Would Exempt Most Political Activity on Internet"