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Saturday, March 05, 2005

FEC UPDATE III: Must-Reads from Michelle Malkin, LaShawn Barber, RedState, Powerline

LaShawn Barber gets to the heart of the issue with the familiar Martin Niemoller quote - "first they came for ... then they came for me" - for the Blogosphere and points to a prescient editorial last year in The Washington Times, and much else of value.

For example, check out LaShawn's link to Biz Stone's explanation of how bloggers can obtain an ISSN number for periodicals from the Library of Congress. She also has an extensive list of links to excellent posts from other bloggers. Click on the headline above this post to go to LaShawn's work.

Michelle Malkin has extensive quotes from National Journal's Technology Daily article on the FEC/Internet regulation furor, including quotes from the three Democrat members of the FEC who refused to allow the commission to appeal the U.S. District Court ruling that mandates regulation of political speech on the Internet. Predictably, they accuse FEC Commissioner Brad Smith of alarmism.

Right, these people are from the government and they are here to help us.

Speaking of Smith, RedState.org has a complete transcript of his interview with NRA News, which began talking about the issue of FEC regulation of political speech on the Internet weeks ago. Here's the key quote:

"She orders us to regulate the Internet, again what I point out is -- it is in no way limited to paid advertising. In fact, it would be contrary to the tone of the opinions limited only to paid advertising. In another part of the opinion, she struck down one of our regulations where we exempted unpaid advertising. So, I, you know, this was, it’s – it’s in no ways limited to unpaid advertising."

Smith is not mis-representing U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kohlar-Kotelly's opinion. That is why it is puzzling to see McCain-Feingold apologists continue to insist that Smith is being an alarmist even as he points out what should be obvious, even to lawyers!

Finally, Powerline has links to the primary pro McCain-Feingold in the current debate, the Campaign Legal Center, so you can read both its news release in response to Smith's CNET interview and its amicus brief in the court case. You will also find a link to the Kollar-Kotelly opinion.