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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Online Coalition Calls on FEC to Give Blogs Same Protections as MSM, Other Traditional Media

The Online Coalition, which includes folks from across the political spectrum, has published its analysis and comment on the FEC's proposal to regulate political speech on the Internet as if it is campaign advertising. RedState.org's Mike Krempasky and Michael Bassik, a Washington, D.C. online media mogul, have been the spark plugs behind the coalition's efforts against the proposal.

In the cover letter transmitting the official comment, Krempask, Bassik and a quickly growing list of co-signers that includes yours truly make three requests of the FEC:

"As bipartisan members of the online journalism, blogging, and advertising community, we ask that you grant blogs and online publications the same consideration and protection as broadcast media, newspapers, or periodicals by clearly including them under the Federal Election Commission’s “media exemption” rule.
"In order to ensure that there are sufficient measures taken, we also request that the FEC promulgate a rule exempting unpaid political activity on the Internet from regulation, thereby guaranteeing every American’s right to speak freely and participate in our democratic process.
"Finally, we ask that you clarify the rules and definitions related to “coordinated activity” to protect bloggers and journalists from running afoul of Commission rules regarding the republication of campaign materials."


You can read a PDF version of the commen and analysis here.