Friday, March 25, 2005

Election Commission Urges Finance Rules for Online Politics


Election Commission Urges Finance Rules for Online Politics

(By GLEN JUSTICE ; Published: March 25, 2005, NY Times)

Okay, here it is. The FEC has unveiled their proposal after having talked about it for awhile. Unfortunately the NY Times article doesn't link to anything on the FEC website. But looking at the FEC website, I find (see below) that what happened is an open FEC meeting in which a proposal document was presented.

This is a little reassuring

Other provisions seem to indicate that the panel might be leaning away from heavy regulations on most "bloggers," whose online commentary played a major role in last year's election.

UPDATE: Found an "Open Meeting Agenda" for March 24, 2005 covering this topic. The agenda document is here.

We have 60 days to submit comments. If I count right that is Monday, May 23, 2005. We can email comments to internet@fec.gov. We are supposed to be able to file comments through a website, regulations.gov, but the Federal Elections Commission section doesn't have this listed yet.

UPDATE: C|NET, which did a lot to publicize this originally, has an excellent review of the changes between this document and the prior one. See:

Bloggers narrowly dodge federal crackdown

(Published: March 24, 2005, 8:50 PM PST; By Declan McCullagh,
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
)