30 June 2005

Election officials examine blogs' role in campaigns

Eric Black, Star Tribune - June 30, 2005

Is the Internet breathing new life into democracy by empowering citizens to air political opinions, or will it morph into a zillion-gigabyte loophole that unravels campaign finance reform?

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) confronted those questions at hearings that concluded Wednesday. A judge has ordered the FEC to consider how the Internet should be treated under the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

Bloggers and their readers are worried that the FEC's final answers, in the form of new regulations, will chill the free-wheeling atmosphere of the blogosphere.


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