The FEC's coming crackdown on political blogging
(via Atrios). Oh sh*t. I was trying to think of how the government was going to try to whip political blogs into submission, and I think they have found a way — through election laws. They want to say that political advocacy is a means of “contributing” to a political campaign, and subject to the rules (unlike the press). (CNET):
Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over.
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.
Smith should know. He’s one of the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, which is beginning the perilous process of extending a controversial 2002 campaign finance law to the Internet.
Go read it.